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#1 Carlos

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 00:34

Hello!

(this works better if read with Mr. Bean's voice)

 

So, a lot (not to be confused with an alot) of folks seem to be having an hard time playing the game, they get crashes, very low framerates, and other performance related issues, and some seem to be looking to upgrade their PCs.

 

So here goes.

 

The two things that make the most difference are the video card and the CPU.

 

If you're upgrading the CPU but also have an older video card, the smart choice is getting a CPU that can replace both your old CPU and your old video card. If you're going this route, you'll want to get the AMD A10-7850K, You'll also need a motherboard, and really any with the newer FM2+ socket will work fine. If you're not sure which one to pick get the Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4.

 

If you already have a decent video card and are looking for a new CPU, look no further than the Intel Core i3-4360. Or, if you want to be a little better prepared for the future, you can go for the Intel Core i5-4690K. For the motherboard, any with the Z97 socket works, so it's only a matter of how much money you want to spend. If you're on a budget, get the MSI Z97 Guard-Pro.

 

And that's it for CPUs, so let's move along to the video cards.

 

Unlike CPUs, where there is a point where more CPU power doesn't really improve games, for video cards it does, so it all depends on how much you want to spend.

 

If you're on a tight budget, go for the Radeon R7 260X. This probably will only let you play DFC on "low", if you're going 1080p.

 

Going up a bit, there's the Radeon R7 265. This should let you go up to "medium".

 

Still a bit further up, the choice is the Radeon R9 280. This one should let you go up to "high".

 

There are other, more expensive video cards. If money isn't a problem, look them up.

 

And that's it.

 

Oh, do look around for better prices! 

 

And for reference, all the articles:

Best Video Cards: October 2014

Holiday Guides 2014: AMD Motherboards

Holiday Guides 2014: Z97 Motherboards for Haswell

Holiday Guides 2014: CPUs

 

 

 


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#2 Ikon

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 00:49

I would add the nVidia 750 Ti to the list of video cards.


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 01:03

I would add the nVidia 750 Ti to the list of video cards.

Yep, but it offers less bang for the buck as the ones I mentioned. But if you find it cheap or with a big discount, go for it!  :)


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 01:13

an AMD HD 7870 you can pick up now on the cheap on ebay (2nd hand), and will run the game on max settings.

I suspect however most people having issues are playing on laptops and macs. Pre bought stuff that they didnt really buy for gaming. Its just they love TLJ and want to play it. That is where I feel most of the issues are.

I personally think the given specs min/recommended could use some refinement and the amd specs adding in.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:49

Great post!

Pinning this if you don't mind ;)


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:20

I note that the OP is Intel / Radeon. Any AMD / nVidia out there?

I'm AMD FX8350 + 2*GTX560 Ti in SLI + W8.1 x64 + 16 GB RAM.

 

ETA The GTX750 doesn't support SLI. For that you'd need a GTX 760 and up, at double the price (each).



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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:28

The Nvidia GTX 750 (Ti) needs to be on the list,
because of their low power consumption.
~55W for GTX750
~65W for GTX750Ti
You can upgrade any Basic PC without upgrading the power supply
No 6pin power connector is needed.

All cards mentioned above need >100W Power.



#8 trentjaspar

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 18:31

The Nvidia GTX 750 (Ti) needs to be on the list,
because of their low power consumption.
~55W for GTX750
~65W for GTX750Ti
You can upgrade any Basic PC without upgrading the power supply
No 6pin power connector is needed.

All cards mentioned above need >100W Power.

 

Yep, that's exactly why I bought a 2GB GTX 750Ti ($115 if the mail-in rebate isn't a scam).  My 2012 rig has a 460W PSU, so my options were limited (short of upgrading the PSU).  I just installed the card yesterday.  :sohappy:


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 18:42

r9 270x can run dreamfall in very high setting

 

you really dont need r9 280 just for high unless you're also playing FPS and other new AAA games



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Posted 11 December 2014 - 19:05

If you have a AMD video card, see if there are new drivers for it. AMD just released the Catalyst Omega drivers.

 

http://support.amd.c...leaseNotes.aspx


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 00:31

What other CPU/GPU combos are there to look at?

I might look into saving up for a new HD and CPU/GPU next year.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 02:19

Yep, but it offers less bang for the buck as the ones I mentioned. But if you find it cheap or with a big discount, go for it!  :)

 

That's a bit of an opinion thing. For approx $150, I think it's a lot of bang for the buck.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 02:22

The Nvidia GTX 750 (Ti) needs to be on the list,
because of their low power consumption.
~55W for GTX750
~65W for GTX750Ti
You can upgrade any Basic PC without upgrading the power supply
No 6pin power connector is needed.

All cards mentioned above need >100W Power.

 

That's why I mentioned it a few posts above ;)


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 12:26

r9 270x can run dreamfall in very high setting

 

you really dont need r9 280 just for high unless you're also playing FPS and other new AAA games

I can confirm this. That card's a beast. At this point the rest of my rig is holding this cards true potential back.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 17:02

Hi.

 

Any recommendation about memory? Going from 8 to 12 GB of main memory (the maximum in my laptop) makes a difference?

 

Thanks,

 

Miguel



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 17:04

I have an AM3 slot, are there any dual CPU/GPUs I can gegt for that or is that an impossibility? Otherwise what's the cheapst CPU/GPU combo I can get that runs the game comfortable?



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 18:31

Any recommendation about memory? Going from 8 to 12 GB of main memory (the maximum in my laptop) makes a difference?

Unless you're doing very memory intensive things, or you're using a lot of memory hungry applications at once, you probably won't notice a change like that.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 18:36

Hi.

 

Any recommendation about memory? Going from 8 to 12 GB of main memory (the maximum in my laptop) makes a difference?

 

Thanks,

 

Miguel

Unless you're doing very memory intensive things, or you're using a lot of memory hungry applications at once, you probably won't notice a change like that.

 

Agreed. I generally suggest that people don't run other programs when playing games anyway, because of the unpredictable affects they can have on game performance. If you do that, 8GB should be more than enough.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 18:19

Nice post, i just noticed it :P

 

I'm nitpicking but, Z97 is a chipset, the socket is LGA 1150 (or just 1150) :)


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 20:37

So no suggestions on AM3/PCIe upgrade? :/






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