Results: Arma 3
Like Grid 2, Arma 3 appears to encounter some kind of non-graphics bottleneck at 1080p and lower resolutions.
I don't have enough experience testing this game with various hardware combinations to properly identify the limiting component. However, Paul put a fair effort into dissecting Arma's pain points and eventually determined that our Infantry Showcase test isn't hard enough on the CPU to represent some of the game's more demanding maps. However, the title is very platform-dependent. It's even possible to overclock your graphics card and see no improvement if you don't also tune your host processor.
Given the scale of performance gains from overclocking, I’m guessing there's also a DRAM bottleneck affecting our systems in Arma 3. That's mostly because I wasn’t able to get much headroom out of my CPU, but still realized impressive gains.
As a result, this game looks like a prime candidate for my memory kit round-ups.
All three systems survive their targeted resolutions using the Ultra preset, though my $1600 configuration barely qualifies as smooth with a 33.8 FPS average in its 5760x1080 test.
I got my two licenses for like, $20. Though I probably couldn't get any more like that, I don't need any more at the moment, thanks. If you don't want the OS, and you win my PC, just tell me and I'll keep it. Thanks!
Disposition should I be a fortunate winner:
1. Having not messed with a "new" Athlon, I might put a 92mm cooler on it and see what I can get out of it for a week or three. I'd almost certainly contribute a SSD to it, then most likely donate it to a startup I know of that actually is more in need of office-type PCs (but they do play some games).
2. If the motherboard were micro-ATX, I'd probably use most of these parts to upgrade / replace my Phoenix PC, as they represent a platform upgrade. It would be a substantial upgrade to my Omega PC, but I like the idea of maintaining that AM3+ system due to the overall quality of the parts in it. If the Apevia case surprises me due to its quality, I may use it anyway. One way or another, this would lead to another complete system donation though.
3. The parts in this one appear to be of sufficient quality / durability that I would probably end up forsaking the Omega PC for this one. I'd put its 990FX onto my test bench though to keep it around, and donate that one (MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming) as above.