based on what i just found on google Crysis 2 is the most demanding game there is for the pc. but i dont think i need the very best graphics card to run this game. i read that the ati radeon 4870 x2 is more than enough and its only about 150 dollars. am i wrong about any of this or is this good?
thank you for correcting me. i am trying to build my first computer. i hope it goes well.
so far ive decided to give it 12gb of ram. 120gb of hard drive space. amd phenom 1100t black edition. two radeon hd 4870 X2 graphics cards.
Please post a topic in the new build forums and use the new build form at the top of the forum. You'll get lots of great input that way.
Most people have no need of 12GB of ram. Also that would most likely kick it out of dual channel mode which is not good. 8GB is plenty, 16GB is the typical next step up.
120GB harddrive is probably not enough, games are getting big. unless you mean 120GB SSD plus a harddrive.
As much as it pains me to say it AMD is not the way to go for gaming. Intel is unfortunately kicking their butt. this is from a guy who has ALWAYS gone AMD. and I love my current system.
The 4870x2 is a bad choice. no direct x11, a power hog, lots of heat and not sure on price. crossfire does better than dual GPU cards.
Not ripping on your choices we all learn as we go and its your first build. A post in the new build forum will get you some good ideas about what you need to meet your goals in your budget. you can look for part reviews on toms
i thought that the more ram i have the better it is for the processor and the graphics card. doesnt it improve the computers performance? if 12gb is overkill then how come some mobos support up to 32gb of ram?
If you're looking for a $150 video card to play Crysis 2, an HD 6850 or 6870 will do well enough on Extreme settings, but you'll need at least a $250 card to play on Ultra in DX11. I'd recommend an HD 7850 or GTX 570.
you gonna need a newer card if you want latest drivers. SInce AMD had now stopped support for older cards. Like the 4000 and 5000 series
Dude what are you talking about ending driver support for the 5xxx series? They will continue to update those on the same regular basis as the new cards because the 5xxx series is DX11 so driver support would make sense to continue on the 5xxx series. They usually don't end driver support until about 5-6 years after the product is out.
Aw man, you're missing out! Crysis and Warhead aren't the absolute best games, but they're a lot of fun, less narrow than Crysis 2, and incredibly tweakable. I'm trying to get my friends hooked now that Crysis 1 is out for consoles, too.