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Windows 7: Budget Gaming Suggestion..

31 May 2011   #21
gazz9496

 
 

agree completly the 6 series cards are good but not really a great deal better than the 5 series, the avid gamer may be waiting for the 7 series cards but i wouldn't rush out and get anything to expensive right now.

given i play crysis 2 on extreme with a 4870 1gb 1920x1080 avg of 50 fps i'd say you should have no problem at all with the 5 series listed for you.

amd may be seen as the budget option for cpu's but they aren't that far off their intel counterparts at the same price range and are worth the money you spend on them.


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07 Jun 2011   #22
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Hmm, Seems all good then! Just a matter of blagging for the parts, and an agonising 2 month wait. :'(
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07 Jun 2011   #23
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gazz9496 View Post
amd may be seen as the budget option for cpu's but they aren't that far off their intel counterparts at the same price range and are worth the money you spend on them.
I must respectfully disagree.

Whether or not an AMD is a good value depends on the game(s) you're playing. If the cpu can't push the gpu to it's limits, then it's value diminishes. How much depends on the game.

It's true that "most" games are gpu bound; however, there are titles that just do a lot better with a stronger cpu, and if they're games that you like, then it's well worth it to spend the extra coin to make sure they run ok.

I picked up The Witcher 2 yesterday. In part because I heard the fellas say how good it was/looked... also in part because I had heard it was very demanding and I was curious to see how my system could run it.

I was literally shocked to find out just how poorly AMD's ran this game: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings GPU & CPU Performance > CPU Scaling and Performance - TechSpot Reviews I don't think I've ever seen a more clear demonstration of the differences between AMD and Intel. I'm getting, literally, triple the fps of a 3.2GHz X2 and twice as much as a 3GHz X4.

Crysis is another game where cpu really matters: Crysis 2 GPU & CPU Performance Test > CPU Performance - TechSpot Reviews
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08 Jun 2011   #24
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Wow, That is actually quite a major gap.. But from my point, a dip from 70 fps (An FPS I've never had in any modern game) to 50 (Still, one I've never had) won't make all the difference, 50 is plenty playable in my degree!
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08 Jun 2011   #25
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

If you simply cannot be bothered putting the computer together (like me), I'd go for a complete system of Ebay. They have great custom built computers with even greater prices. Sure, it might be a bit pricier than building it, but that's what I did and I'm younger than you.

Take a look at my system specs. I have a pretty decent computer, which I often play Minecraft on (wonderful game by the way) and I bought it for $480 AUD. I'm probably more strapped for cash than you and I managed to get a great buy off Ebay.

I will soon be buying a $145 graphics card but it's worth it. Even with my current card (integrated though), Minecraft plays well. Anyway, I've started a search for you on Ebay.co.uk so take a look, change the variables on the right hand side of the page, and try it out.

Desktop Computer System | eBay UK
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08 Jun 2011   #26
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Leopard View Post
Wow, That is actually quite a major gap.. But from my point, a dip from 70 fps (An FPS I've never had in any modern game) to 50 (Still, one I've never had) won't make all the difference, 50 is plenty playable in my degree!
True, but what's important to take away from the article isn't what they've show, but what they haven't: minimum fps.

My biggest gripe with most review sites is that they don't show what the minimum fps is... and minimum fps is really all that matters. Like you said, 50 or 70 fps makes very little difference, both are great. However, you dip below 30 and things will start to suck, fast. Yes, a fast cpu pumps out faster frames, but it also increases minimum fps so when you're in that firefight, you're not the one lagging (read: dying and shouting expletives).

Also, all this was done in single player... just like all video card reviews. Multiplayer fps is always lower than single player because there are just more objects and variables to deal with. You can't forget to factor that into the equation.
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09 Jun 2011   #27
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Very True, As long as my rig can run Minecraft, Runescape and BF3 / Assorted games, I'm fine really. I don't expect to run stuff like witcher just yet
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09 Jun 2011   #28
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

BF3 is going to be every bit as demanding as The Witcher 2... more so online with 64 player goodness.
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09 Jun 2011   #29
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Yeah, But I'm just praying. Don't ruin my dreams :'(
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09 Jun 2011   #30
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm not trying to ruin your dreams; I'm just making sure you don't cry foul when I blast you in the face... understand, this is all about me!
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