You Built a New PC, But Can It Run Crysis 3?

Paul Lilly

The third installment in the Crysis series is about to revive a long-running joke in PC gaming, the one that always ends in, "but can it run Crysis?" Going foward, the question is whether or not yours or any other system can run Crysis 3 , and to help you answer that, Crytek today posted the minimum, recommended, and high performance requirements for PC gamers. Brace yourself, this might hurt.

The minimum system requirements aren't too obscene, though they're going to leave some entry-level and older rigs on the sidelines. Here's how it shakes out:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB video RAM
  • Dual-core CPU
  • 2GB memory (3GB on Vista, because apparently it's a pig of an OS)
  • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel)
    - Nvidia GTS 450
    - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (E6600)
  • Example 2 (AMD)
    - AMD Radeon HD 5770
    - AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.7GHz (5200+)

Is your system still in the running? Yes? Good, now let's jump up to the Recommended system requirements:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB video RAM
  • Dual-core CPU
  • 4GB memory
  • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel)
    - Nvidia GTX 560
    - Intel Core i5 750
  • Example 2 (AMD)
    - AMD Radeon HD 5870
    - AMD Athlon64 II X4 805

Congratulations if you're still able to play Crysis 3, you have a very good system. But is it a great setup? You'll need a fairly burly PC to pull off the High Performance specifications, which look like this:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB video RAM
  • Latest quad-core CPU
  • SLI / CrossFire configuration will run even better
  • 8GB memory
  • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel)
    - Nvidia GTX 680
    - Intel Core i7 2600k
  • Example 2 (AMD)
    - AMD Radeon HD 7970
    - AMD Bulldozer FX 4150

If you want to turn on all the eye candy, you're going to need a fast system that's particularly well equipped in the GPU department. Do you have a system that can manage it, and if not, do you plan on upgrading?

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