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Submitted by linkkjm 1085d ago | opinion piece

How to Actually Build a PC for Crysis 3

Another site, which shall remain unnamed, has recently posted a detailed video for building a PC for Crysis 3. Please refrain from following this video as it states many bad tips and requires unnecessary spending. (PC, Tag Invalid, Tech)

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   1085d ago
I have an i7 3770k oc,d 16gb 1600mhz ram and a overclocked gtx 680, should run it on ultra.. we will see
linkkjm  +   1085d ago
Well, I would hope it would...
Reverent  +   1085d ago
I have an A8-4500M APU, 1.9GHz, 6gigs of ram, and a 7770M+7670M Dual Graphics card (A medium build pc in short), and even I can run the game on medium-high(ish) settings at a playable frame rate (At least when I played the beta). Pope Kaz here should have zero issues running the game on ultra lol.

I haven't much liked Crytek's attitude this gen, but I have to respect that they have built one hell of a good looking and well optimized game here.
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RustedMan  +   1085d ago
my heart is just fluttering with admiration...
karlowma  +   1085d ago
Irregular heartbeats are no joke.
Eyesoftheraven  +   1085d ago
I actually have a pacemaker and am now saddened.
ChrisW  +   1085d ago
I have an i5-750, 16Gb 1888Mhz RAM, GTX 680, and a 180Gb SSD... Running on a ASUS Maximus III Formula Motherboard.

And I hope that I won't be able to run on ultra.

After all of the hype, it would be quite embarrassing for Crytek if it did.
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JedMan1985  +   1085d ago
Looks like you'll have no trouble.
TooTall19  +   1085d ago
If the final product is anything like the mp beta, it's going to push your 680. With my 670 I ended up turning the settings down to medium in order to get 60fps 1080p.
Rebo00  +   1085d ago
Depends what resolution you're going to run it at, obviously something at 800x600 on Ultra is a lot easier on the system than something at 1920x1080 or greater :)
aawells07  +   1085d ago
You're well aware that your specs will run that game. I think you just wanted to share your specs with everybody. Bragging? I think so. D....e
TooTall19  +   1084d ago
His specs won't get 45fps @1080p on ultra.
THESHAUNZY  +   1085d ago
"Dude your getting a Dell!"
Muffins1223  +   1085d ago
Lol,they are talking about ign's video that they recently posted on how to make a pc for crysis 3...
TheSuperior  +   1085d ago
Glad to see someone with a brain give instructions this time...
Funky Town_TX  +   1085d ago
What about the OS
Does everyone just pirate their OS? I never see the OS cost in any of these.
DragonKnight  +   1085d ago
"Does everyone just pirate their OS?"

Pretty much. Microsoft tries to rape everyone with the cost of Windows. $150? No thank you.
Pandamobile  +   1085d ago
I've bought an OEM copy of Win 7 just so I had a legitimate OS.

It's only supposed to work on one computer, but I've installed in a dozen times on half a dozen different computers.
DragonKnight  +   1085d ago
"I've bought an OEM copy of Win 7 just so I had a legitimate OS."

Wow really? You're literally the first person I've ever heard actually say something like that. Especially since OEM copies of Win 7 are all over the place, and methods of making them "legitimate" are as well. But hey, it's your money of course. I think most would buy Windows if it weren't so prohibitively expensive or bundled with your average PC. Windows 7 costs as much as many PC parts that arguably are more necessary and thus worth the price.
ChrisW  +   1085d ago

When you buy a new PC (or just a new Motherboard), you can call Microsoft and have them transfer the KEY to the new PC. That is, if you have a legitimate copy.

BTW, I have Win7 Professional and received it for free through my University. Many people do not realize that their University gives for free or sells OSs (both Win & Mac) at a greatly reduced cost ($20 or $30).

Also, here's a link on 7 ways that you get an OS for free or cheap:
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aliengmr  +   1085d ago
Got Vista Ultimate (full) from an MS employee for free.(friend of a friend) Then picked up Win 8 upgrade for 70$. Recently got the OEM of Win 7 for 100$ because Win 8 is just plain ugly.

I won't questionably procure otherwise legal software unless there's a good reason.
karlowma  +   1085d ago
It's kind of a hassle to work with a pirated OS. Worth the cost, IMO.
TheModernKamikaze  +   1085d ago
Not that hard really,
assuming people read the instructions, which most often don't.
vickers500  +   1085d ago
Plus it's a pretty big risk. You never know whether or not somebody has embedded some crap into the OS. Back when I was really into trying out different OSs on my extra pc, I ran into an infected operating system about 65-70% of the time.

So when I built myself a new computer, I decided not to take a gamble and just bought myself a new copy of Windows 7, and haven't regretted it at all.
DragonKnight  +   1085d ago
It's not really a hassle. If you know what to look for, it always comes with instructions that are usually pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Mostly revolving around stuff like "DON'T GET THIS UPDATE!!!" The risk is with loaders, as if you mess up you need a Windows disc to fix the problem.

As for infected OS', that's what reading comments is for. If the comments are generally positive and most are sharing the software, then you can be reasonably sure that it's a clean DL.
Qrphe  +   1085d ago
It's so easy, how do you think all those Win users in all those third-world countries manage to use Win when it costs so much?

I'd say it even works for Microsoft this way.
vickers500  +   1085d ago

I read the comments on those OSs, most of the comments were positive. Reading feedback doesn't guarantee that it's safe. A lot of the times, people who know very little about the topic will comment, and will post a comment immediately after they download it or get it installed, and instead of trying to find the exact link they downloaded it from and warn people against it, will just say F'k it and find another OS to download. Also, there are quite a few people who aren't knowledgeable enough to tell whether or not their computer is infected.

For a casual/intermediate computer user, there's no way to be 100% certain that the OS you download isn't infected in some way.
karlowma  +   1085d ago
I didn't say it's difficult, I said it's a hassle.

It's worth the $150 to me for an OS that I'll use for the next 5 years without having to worry about updates, security and compatibility.

Granted I got my copy of Win 7 for free through work, but I have purchased copies for the systems I've built for friends and family.
Pandamobile  +   1085d ago
Yep, I had my pirated copy of Vista go belly up, so I figured I'd just invest in a legitimate version and avoid any potential future hassles. Plus it's not even that big of an investment. It's less than the cost of two games.
TheModernKamikaze  +   1085d ago
pretty much.
Soldierone  +   1085d ago
The site isn't loading. I am thinking about slightly going back to PC. Do you think I could build a PC that runs Crysis and Battlefield at medium settings for under 500?

All I need is the tower. Don't need a screen or anything. I plan to use it as a media center for my TV too.

If its not under 500 I'm just going to buy another laptop.
Pandamobile  +   1085d ago
$500 could probably do it at 720p, but you'd have to really cheap out on the components.
Soldierone  +   1085d ago
Thats what I figured. I might just save a little longer and use my money to buy a backup laptop for now.
Asuka  +   1085d ago
samsung 8GB 1600Mhz memory for about $60.
Intel core i3-3220 for $140
HD Radeon 7850 for $160
MSI Z77A-G41 Motherboard for $95
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 psu for $47
and a case for $80

total ~$580, and you'll be able to play BF3/farcry3 on high settings
Soldierone  +   1085d ago
Geez nice, I'll look into this. I might already have a case somewhere from one of my old gaming PC's. I used to buy them all the time lol
Asuka  +   1085d ago
you can get some G.Skill memory instead of samsung if you want to shave off a few more bucks. I believe you can get 8GB of 1600MHz G.Skill for like $50 even on newegg. With that 7850 you should get at about ~55-65 fps on BF3 on high settings with AAx2 @1920x1080p as long as you dont have other heavy background processes going on or screen capture software (a la Fraps)
TheModernKamikaze  +   1085d ago
i have a 5570 which is not for gaming, running BF3 at med smooth.

If I would buy a gaming card, I would get a 7770.
akaakaaka  +   1085d ago
or just be smart and buy a PS4 and you will be able to play all games up to 10 years without stress or extra cash.. fan of MSG i bet PS4 will please your needs
Asuka  +   1085d ago
double post
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Asuka  +   1085d ago
win7 64bit
ASRock X79 Extreme3 MB
GTX 670 or greater
intel core i5 3570k
6~8GB 1600MHz dual channel
cooler master hyper 212
550watt or greater psu

then you should be good to go. no need to overclock the i5. stock clocks should be good enough.
Ducky  +   1085d ago
I should just buy the $2k pc from futureshop.
I need 32gb of ram to play crysis3, right?
TheModernKamikaze  +   1085d ago
Not sure if serious, but most games are okay with 4gb.

When you go higher, that's for video editing or photoshop.

but to be on the safe side, I got 8gb.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1085d ago
FatMan you'll need at least 64 gigs.
chukamachine  +   1085d ago
64gb is not enough.

I'm running mine on 128gb and textures are still loading in.
aliengmr  +   1085d ago
8 gig is fine. Above that there's not a lot of performance increase.
GreenRanger  +   1085d ago
This is why i prefer consoles.
With the PC, you have to buy new hardware every time a new game comes out, ffs.
Not really worth the cash.
HeavenlySnipes  +   1085d ago
No, you really don't lol.

Maybe a few upgrades here and there if you want to play the newest games with everything maxed out and such at 1080p and 60FPS
DragonKnight  +   1085d ago
I'm by no means a PC fanboy, I don't really even game on PC, but it really is a myth that you have to buy new hardware for EVERY game. Well, it's a half myth anyway because it's all about preference. If you want the highest of ultra settings for every new game that pushes graphics, then yes you'll have to continuously buy new hardware. But if you can be satisfied with just lowering some settings as new games come out, you'll be fine for many years

But, getting into PC gaming is more of a hassle than getting into console gaming, there's no doubt about that at all.
chasegarcia  +   1085d ago
dude my graphics card is 4 years old and it still plays any Crysis game better than any console out now. I paid $100 for it (ATI HD4890) used. The need to upgrade PC every year to play new games is a myth.
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ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1085d ago
Every time a new game comes out? Damn, that must suck. Imagine it, Bioshock Infinite comes out. Next day another game comes out, but you have to upgrade and buy new hardware!
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xPhearR3dx  +   1085d ago
You don't have to buy new hardware, unless you want everything maxed out with 60FP and a high resolution. And that's not for every game, just high demanding games. This game on low will look better than consoles, so you could still play it with a very cheap GPU.
AKS  +   1085d ago
That's a load of crap. You only "have to" upgrade frequently if you want to always be able to play at the very highest settings with the newest high end games. If you want to hold onto the same rig for awhile, just turn the settings of demanding games down a bit.
karlowma  +   1085d ago
I built my PC two years ago and haven't upgraded it since, and I'm still easily maxing things out @ 1080p.

If you buy just enough, then that's what you get. But if you plan ahead, it's easy to get more than a few years out of a rig.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   1085d ago
Totally worth the cash...

Upgrade only happens every 3-4 years if you buy decent to high end items. Rocking a 8350 stock with a 680gtx and it's pounding the hell out of everything right now... doesn't mean I'm going to upgrade again tomorrow.
RyuCloudStrife  +   1085d ago
Laughable you have to "build" a PC for 1 game LOL...

Pandamobile  +   1085d ago
Laughable that you're content with that ancient piece of equipment you guys call an "HD console".

No_Pantaloons  +   1085d ago
That watered down console port?! hell any gaming rig should play it no problem. Sure some wont cut it if they release a good high quality texture pack, but given their record that wont be for many months after release, the mod community will have already done their work for them.
2pacalypsenow  +   1085d ago
I laugh that people that say I bought a -$500 computer that maxes out crysis and bf in PC is much cheaper than people think ... smh a video card alone cost around $300-$400 to play crysis 2-3 at 60fp in at least 1080p , also a Graphics card from 2006 will crumble when running new games out right now but the ps3/360 can still play them at decent graphics.
When you buy a console it lasts you for 6+ years with no upgrades pc's have to be upgraded constantly to keep up since technology change by the minute. And Pc games are not as optimized as consoles games
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Sy_Wolf  +   1085d ago
No, you CAN upgrade your PC constantly, but it isn't anywhere near required to play any new game coming out.
Asuka  +   1085d ago
hd radeon 7850 can play crysis 2 at 55-65 fps no problem for only $160. the 7850 will be a good card for at least 4 more years.
aquamala  +   1085d ago
that is just not true, a $150-$200 video card today can max out these games.

and don't you wish you can spend money to make PS3/360 games look better? I do. but that's not an option.
stone_cold  +   1085d ago
i don't want a pc to run the game,i played it on a ps3 today and it was amazing
xPhearR3dx  +   1085d ago
You haven't seen "amazing" until you've played on PC. Sorry bud.
Sy_Wolf  +   1085d ago
As an IT major and enthusiast I can say honestly that I said no to almost 100% of this article. A motherboard for Crysis 3 with only 1 PCI-E 2.0 slot, are you insane?!?!
linkkjm  +   1085d ago
Nowhere did I ever state to buy a mobo with just one slot.
Sy_Wolf  +   1084d ago
You in fact did. You want a motherboard with at least 3 PCI-E 3.0 slots and that's on the low side.
THESHAUNZY  +   1085d ago
^^ Someone got an eMachine instead... should've gotten a Dell...
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   1085d ago
Shit I'm still having problems getting Crysis 1 to even play on my pc. I no for a fact my pc can run it but from what I understand Crysis doesn't run on win7 64- bit without some tricks
Bladesfist  +   1085d ago
The steam version does not normally work on 64 bit. If you do have the steam version check out the forums for the guides on how to get it running. It is pretty easy.
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   1085d ago
I bought it from Amazon the maximum edition pc download. Thx for the tip tho
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   1085d ago
Running into the 1080p problem where it defaults to 24hz and you can't do anything about it.
AKS  +   1085d ago
For people considering building their first gaming PC, I'd disagree a bit with the author's comments about considering going somewhat cheap on the CPU. I'd recommend picking up an Intel CPU with a "K" at the end in the low $200 range at minimum.

The trend you'll find with your gaming PC is that the GPU gets replaced far more frequently than the CPU(s). Don't buy a mediocre CPU because a good one will last for quite some time. Also, when your CPU ages to the point that it starts becoming a bottleneck, you will probably need to build a new rig (or at minimum tear it apart and rebuild it) considering you'll need a motherboard that matches your CPU. Buy a good CPU so you don't have to do that very often.

There was a time when getting high end CPU could get very expensive, but in the past few years you can get an extremely potent CPU for just above $200 (the i7-2500K was a steal when it came out, smoking some of the $1000 CPUs from previous generations).
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aliengmr  +   1085d ago
My rule of thumb is stay in the "middle". And get a big case.
AKS  +   1085d ago
Oops, that should have read "the GPU(s) gets replaced far more frequently than the CPU." Few uses for multiple CPUs in gaming. Typo.
impet25  +   1085d ago
I have a I7 3770k,a gtx660sc, a gigabyte z77x -d3h motherboard 8 gigs ram n a 128gig solid state hoping I could run ultra on that.
Drainage  +   1085d ago
ps3 should be fine
oIITSBIIo  +   1085d ago
Yeh with low settings .
Juggalo  +   1084d ago
i7 3770k 4.5 ghz OC
G.Skill Sniper 16GB 2200 9-11-10-28
Palit GTX 680 Jetstream 4GB OC
Gigabyte z77 UD5-WB
Samsung Pro 840 SSD 128GB (only for games)

running ultra settings on 1080p asus 144hz 27"... is it

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