Build a Crysis 3 PC on a Budget

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vrmlbasic

50 FPS ain't playable. Not to me. If the FPS isn't at the monitor's refresh rate (or a higher multiple of it) then it isn't playable.

I shouldn't be getting only 50 FPS considering how little there is for the game to render, to keep track of and how crappy the graphics in MWO look. I get higher FPS in games that look better and have more for the computer to keep track of.

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jbitzer

LoL at anyone who built a PC to play Crysis. That game sucked. If it wasn't a "bring your rig to its knees" tech demo, it would have been bargain bin fodder.

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CHR15x94

Only a couple little gripes about the build. Mainly the CPU/socket choice.

I don't see why someone building a "budget" PC would use an X79 CPU/motherboard. Sure, you get some extra PCIe lanes and more memory bandwidth, but you're also using CPUs and motherboards that use more power, require better cooling, and cost more to boot, for what are honestly rather insignificant gains (IMO at least).

More PCIe lanes are nice for SLI and the like, but if you're on a budget, I don't know why that would even be a consideration. Plus, current x79 CPUs have a PCIe 2.0 controller built-in, so they have half the bandwidth per lane of a PCIe 3.0 equipped CPU like an Ivy Bridge or Haswell CPU. So any benefit of having more lanes is cut short by their slower speed.

Not to mention, we're talking about a gaming PC here. Graphically intensive games are, generally speaking, GPU limited, not CPU limited. I think money would be better spent on a budget priced i5.

Also don't really see the point in using a fancier case, seems like wasted money, and also feel the PSU is a bit much.

Not to whine, it's still a nice build, just feel the part choice is a little odd, plus the price is kinda whack, as mentioned by most of the other commenters. :P

Anyway, what I'd change. Get a Haswell based CPU. They're generally cheaper, and their accompanying motherboards are a lot cheaper than similar X79 ones are. Get a cheaper PSU, 720W is a lot, especially if you're gonna build a Haswell box. If you're not over clocking, you can get away with using the stock cooler. Get a cheaper case as well. If you're really tight on cash, get rid of the SSD.

A few people have mentioned getting odd amounts of RAM. Don't. Dual-channel + different sized DIMMs = fail. (Last I heard anyways). Plus RAM is cheap. Don't really think cutting 2GB out is worth the $15-20 you'll save.

Anyway, just my two cents.

And a few part suggestions (prices from NewEgg.ca):

CPU: Core i5 4670 - $215 / 4770 - $315
CPU (OC): 4670K - $250 / 4770K - $350
Mobo: ASUS H87M-PRO - $135
Mobo (OC): ASUS Gryphon Z87 - $180
PSU: Corsair TX650M - $100
Case: Corsair 200R - $60
GPU: EVGA GTX 770 2GB (blower cooler, stock clocks) - $410
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2 x 4GB - $80

Pretty much any quad-core Haswell CPU will beat the 3820 in single threaded performance (at stock clocks). The i7 Haswell's beat it in multi-threaded tests, stock and overclocked.

If you're looking to save money, you don't _need_ an overclockable CPU/motherboard. Its nice, but as mentioned earlier, games aren't going to CPU limited generally.

Sorry for the big wall of text. Hopefully someone finds it helpful.

Edit: Durr, just noticed the lane stuff is mostly explained in the CPU section of the article. Probably should have read it first. My bad... :P

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Architek9

In what world is 1600+ a BUDGET build
just like a ferrari is a BUDGET lambo huh?

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vrmlbasic

Interestingly their "play Crysis 3 @ 1080" budget build is more expensive (in non-adjusted dollars) than their "game at 2560*1600" budget build.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/can_you_build_2560_x_1600_gaming_rig_without_breaking_bank_we_find_out

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dgrmouse

Hah. Good observation. This is a garbage build.

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limitbreaker

Agreed, it's using the wrong motherboard and cpu instead of going for new Haswell architecture. Reason? More pci-e lanes... But they are pci-e 2 lanes...

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stradric

This budget ain't going to win over somebody teetering on the fence of "a new PC" or "a new game console" decision.

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vrmlbasic

Is Crysis 3 even an option on the new consoles yet? Are there plans for it to be?

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stradric

I wasn't taking the whole "Crysis 3" part of this article literally. I don't think Crysis is that good of a game that it causes people to go out and spend $1600 on a new PC. Rather, it's just a good benchmark.

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surfinsam

There will be no Crysis 4, Crytek announced about a year ago that they will no longer be developing stand alone games, they are now going to be dedicated to the f2p model, unless they release crysis 4 as a f2p, there will be no crysis 4

sadness :(...

http://www.videogamer.com/pc/warface/news/crytek_all_our_future_games_will_be_free-to-play.html

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vrmlbasic

Perhaps they can give some pointers on how to properly use the Crytek engine to make a F2P game to those hapless canuck developers working on Mechwarrior Online? Those guys desperately need some help.

This is saddening as I dislike F2P. It's like each game has its own (inferior) version of Steam and each game requires online access to play and rarely has any single player/coop content.

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Nixon

Is a nice build in the MPC article, but If you're on a much tighter financial budget -

($75) ASRock H77 Pro4
($190)Intel Core i5-3330 HD 2500
($57) 6GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
($195) GTX 660 (non ti) MSI 2GB
($75) 500GB Western Digital WD Black
($60) 500 watt Corsair CX500M v2.3
($40) NZXT Source 210 Black
($18) ASUS 24X DVD Burner
($99) Windows OS

Total (not including tax, shipping, or warranties): $809
Can handle Crysis 3 very well on High settings on a 1080p resolution.

Could go with a different brand of Power Supply if CX Builder series boils your blood.

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vrmlbasic

1333 Mhz RAM and no SSD? What a blast from the past.

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yourgrandma

Neither of those have a noticeable effect on gaming performance.

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vrmlbasic

The SSD does have a noticeable effect on gaming performance, especially on the console ports that constantly stream in audio and textures (eg:Borderlands 1 & 2). The load times are also greatly reduced between the slow HDD and the speedy SSD and that does count for much.

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Nixon

Well that's what you get if you're on a tight budget. A blast from the past! =/

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Upyourbucket

A Crysis 3 rig could be had for half the price of $1615..It's totally do-able for around $700-800 bucks(a more realistic budget in this economy).

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AFDozerman

MPC, I would just like to take this moment for continuing to cover PCs and "real" tech and not just going the same path as so many other tech sites have and only concentrating on the "OMG new iPhone looks skinnier!" crowd.

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cindylo

Since when was 1.5K+ budget?

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vrmlbasic

I'm guessing since around the time that a machine dedicated to playing Crysis 3 needed a 1 TB HDD and only needed 8 GB of low-speed, "budget" RAM.

Not listed is the (non-monetary) cost of using Origin. That's a bill too high for me to pay.

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stige

technically any amount can be a budget.

this is a budget for a Crysis 3 box.

this is NOT a high schooler's wetdream budget.

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cindylo

A budget Crysis 3 build would be a 500-320gb hdd, 6-8gb ram and and GTX 650TI boost/non-boost,7790. And NOT a high end i7, that's not even close to budget.

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vrmlbasic

I wouldn't mind another "how to game at 1440+" resolution article. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this article: I did.

The top-tier AMD chip would save a fair amount of $. I would be interested to see how it compares to this Intel build.

BTW, what's with the cheap-o RAM solution in this build?

Also, on the last picture, is that caption about the GPU to say that if you were never going to go SLI you wouldn't put the GPU in the first slot?

I wish I could test out this game myself but it's neither DRM free nor on Steam so I can't. As such I hope that it doesn't become the only benchmark game on MPC in the future.