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February 23, 2013 2:25:45 AM

Hey folks,

I just picked up Crysis 3 and I would like to be able to play it with all settings maxed. At the moment with everything set to 'Medium', 4x Anisotropic filtering, FXAA, Motion Blur disabled (which I'm fine with because I don't really like motion blur) and lens flare disabled (another one I'm fine with) it plays pretty smoothly. If I try any higher it becomes unplayable for me personally because I like it really, really smooth - like constant-60-fps smooth.

So anyway, here's my build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3ghz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850
Mem: 16gb
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX
PSU: Antec Neo-Eco 620w

I have the 13.2 beta drivers installed.

Now I actually thought my PC was pretty decent, and I know Crysis 3 is obviously going to be a very demanding game but I'd like to have thought it could have handled more than 'Medium' settings!

I'd love some advice on what my best upgrade option/s would be, keeping in mind I'm a gamer and a budget of around ~$500-600. Thanks!

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February 23, 2013 3:25:59 AM

Everything looks good, the CPU can still get things done since games are more heavy on the GPU side, especially Crysis.

Good amount of RAM, 8 is sufficient, you got 16.

Quality PSU by Seasonic.

I'd definitely change the GPU. On budget I recommend a 7870 XT (Tahiti), if you can push it, a 7970 Ghz.

If you can, this is by no means necessary, I'd get a i5 3570k with a Z77 mobo and a fan. Again, not really needed, yours can hold it till Haswell.
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February 23, 2013 4:10:28 AM

Solf said:
Everything looks good, the CPU can still get things done since games are more heavy on the GPU side, especially Crysis.

Good amount of RAM, 8 is sufficient, you got 16.

Quality PSU by Seasonic.

I'd definitely change the GPU. On budget I recommend a 7870 XT (Tahiti), if you can push it, a 7970 Ghz.

If you can, this is by no means necessary, I'd get a i5 3570k with a Z77 mobo and a fan. Again, not really needed, yours can hold it till Haswell.


Thanks for the quick response. I'm just wondering how much of an upgrade I could expect to see (in-game) if I did pick up the 7970 ghz, or is that kind of a hard question to answer?

I compared both the cards and I can see considerably higher numbers on the 7970 but I don't fully understand all the technical specifications so it doesn't mean a whole lot to me.
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February 23, 2013 4:39:53 AM

If he picked up another 7850 (or 7870) and crossfired would the performance be around a 7950?

I know crossfire isn't ideal, but it is a cheaper upgrade.
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February 23, 2013 4:52:50 AM

redguy54 said:
If he picked up another 7850 (or 7870) and crossfired would the performance be around a 7950?

I know crossfire isn't ideal, but it is a cheaper upgrade.


It would, but I would personally just overclock it.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930...

So can the 7950, but yeah, if overclocked it can reach 7950 stock levels.
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February 23, 2013 5:23:48 AM

Personally I crossfire the 7850 and overclock both GPU's and CPU.
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February 23, 2013 5:41:56 AM

Some interesting suggestions, thanks guys. Never thought about Crossfire, and have never really played around with overclocking either so I guess I have some research to do!
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February 23, 2013 5:54:36 AM

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