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Borys
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(01-15-2008, 11:46 AM)
Pretty interesting and yeah that is including everything (Windows XP, case, PSU, DVD, HDD etc.) except KB&M and a display:



The Crysis Hardware Experiment

Recommendations from Crytek and New Videos!

Greetings Community,

The Experiment

Over Christmas we took the time for a little in-house experiment. With only a limited budget of around US $900 we wanted to set up a brand new machine that can handle Crysis on High settings. We should note that Very High settings are reserved to keep Crysis future-proofed, just like Ultra was in Far Cry.

Together with EA we looked in shops around the world and bought the hardware parts to put together our machine starting from scratch. While we had a budget in mind, we wanted to still make sure this machine would have top-notch hardware such as a multicore processor or a DirectX10 graphics card.

The Videos

As you’ll see from the 8 minutes of video we recorded, Crysis looks absolute fabulous on High settings with this configuration and runs very smoothly on a 1280x720 resolution. They show different locations from the Crysis Singleplayer Campaign with everything set to High.

- Download – Video 1 (inCrysis mirror)
- Download – Video 2 (inCrysis mirror)
- Download – Video 3 (inCrysis mirror)
- Download – Video 4 (inCrysis mirror)

The Configuration

Below you find a rough list of parts we purchased so you can see and check for yourself about the total costs of such a high-end computer. The prices may vary from country to country, but overall the costs should be within the same range (shipping included).

CPU Intel Core2Duo E6750
GPU GeForce 8800GT 512MB
Motherboard NVIDIA nForce 650i Socket 775
PSU 600W ATX12V
RAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
HDD SATA 250GB 7200RPM
DVD 20x DVD±R Burner
Case ATX Midi Tower Computer Case
OS Microsoft Windows XP Home with SP2

The Message

With this experiment we have shown that Crysis runs smoothly and provides and amazing, unparalleled performance on High settings and on an affordable machine that is readily available today.

We know most of you already have a great base to work with, so compare your current hardware with the setup mentioned above and consider an affordable upgrade – you do not have to purchase a new machine. Crysis is very scalable and looks great on Medium settings compared to current next-gen games.

Your Hardware?

Of course we would like to know what kind of hardware you are running the game on and how it is running. We encourage you to run a benchmark test in Crysis which you can share afterwards with the members of your favorite Crysis forum (which you can do by starting here).

Regards,

-Crysis Dev Team

Still, $900 buys you all 2 next-gen consoles + Wii.

Thanks, MickeyKnox.

EDIT: Here are the videos from the message:

http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/mov...VTOLgV10hd.mov
http://www6.incrysis.com/incrysis_do...ent_video1.zip

http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/mov...AULTgV10hd.mov
http://www6.incrysis.com/incrysis_do...ent_video2.zip

http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/mov...ENZGgV10hd.mov
http://www6.incrysis.com/incrysis_do...ent_video3.zip

http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/mov...LANDgV10hd.mov
http://www6.incrysis.com/incrysis_do...ent_video4.zip
Last edited by Borys; 01-15-2008 at 11:50 AM.
schild
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(01-15-2008, 11:48 AM)
Only possible because the 8800GT came out at $250.
rollingstart
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(01-15-2008, 11:49 AM)
where can I download the videos of it running?
Borys
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(01-15-2008, 11:50 AM)

Originally Posted by Linkzg

where can I download the videos of it running?

Updated my post, check them out!
Everdred
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(01-15-2008, 11:52 AM)
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I just built a system for around $980 that runs Crysis on Very high with 2x AA. I get a fair frame rate of 20-30 framesPS.

I don't know why everyone bitches so much about needing an expensive rig to play this game. Yes 1k is a lot, but not much more than you would pay for any typical Dell or Best Buy computer.
rollingstart
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(01-15-2008, 11:52 AM)

Originally Posted by Borys

Updated my post, check them out!

thanks.

I need to build a new computer soon and I already have an 8800gt, so that is 250 out of the way right there.
herod
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(01-15-2008, 11:54 AM)
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a kick in the face for Vista.
Metalmurphy
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(01-15-2008, 11:55 AM)
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Gametrailers should check this out.
Bidermaier
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(01-15-2008, 11:56 AM)
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Great iniciative. But too late.
MoeB
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such math
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(01-15-2008, 11:56 AM)
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I feel so bad for them that they have to do this. People just don't realize that they don't have to run this game in High settings in order to enjoy it.
Luckyman
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(01-15-2008, 11:57 AM)
Only $900
Victrix
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(01-15-2008, 11:58 AM)
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I just have no interest in Crysis, it's inexplicable

I bought a monster new machine mid last year, I played every other major PC release, but now I'm mostly just playing COD4 on my 360, I don't have any desire to play Crysis SP at all (and I hated the multiplayer beta).
Nabs
(01-15-2008, 11:59 AM)
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My computer can't even play those videos properly :(
xabre
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(01-15-2008, 12:00 PM)

Originally Posted by Borys

Still, $900 buys you all 2 next-gen consoles + Wii.

Yeah those 2 next-gen consoles (and the Wii) are just so awesome for video encoding, 3D rendering, audio composition, internet surfing, CAD, email, creating and printing documents, running spreadsheets, doing about a billion other things only PCs can do and WoW.
Jive Turkey
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(01-15-2008, 12:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by MoeB

I feel so bad for them that they have to do this. People just don't realize that they don't have to run this game in High settings in order to enjoy it.

But it is kinda funny...It screams "Guys! Buy this game please! We'll even show you how to do it for cheap*! :("

*$900
Lyte Edge
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(01-15-2008, 12:01 PM)
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Are they not porting this game to consoles? And are they not getting that someone willing to put $900 into a PC for gaming already has something better in the first place?
JavaMava
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(01-15-2008, 12:01 PM)
Well if it only costs $900.... *pulls wads of hundreds out of overflowing wallet*
careful
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(01-15-2008, 12:01 PM)

Originally Posted by strange_booj

Yes 1k is a lot, but not much more than you would pay for any typical Dell or Best Buy computer.

QFT

Originally Posted by herod

a kick in the face for Vista.

:lol
Borys
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(01-15-2008, 12:02 PM)

Originally Posted by xabre

Yeah those 2 next-gen consoles (and the Wii) are just so awesome for video encoding, 3D rendering, audio composition, internet surfing, CAD, email, creating and printing documents, running spreadsheets, doing about a billion other things only PCs can do and WoW.

Like you should be explaining this to me.

Anyway, money is money, $900 is $900 no matter how you intend to spend it.

Originally Posted by Lyte Edge

Are they not porting this game to consoles?

Should cripples run along normal, healthy people at the Bejing 2008 Olympics?
Talamius
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(01-15-2008, 12:03 PM)
For a PC game to get mainstream sales numbers it has to run acceptably with onboard graphics chips.
Borys
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(01-15-2008, 12:05 PM)
Anyway this is a kick in the face for all those "lololololololol $3000 PC!" trolls that post here.

All those one or two that Tekno didn't ban yet that is.
Last edited by Borys; 01-15-2008 at 12:09 PM.
outsida
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(01-15-2008, 12:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by JavaMava

Well if it only costs $900.... *pulls wads of hundreds out of overflowing wallet*

:lol :lol :lol :lol
mr_bishiuk
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(01-15-2008, 12:07 PM)
Take it sales aren't quite what they expected....
xabre
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(01-15-2008, 12:08 PM)

Originally Posted by Borys

Like you should be explaining this to me.

Don't worry I know where you stand. I'm not explaining this to you, I'm explaining it for others who seem to think you can put a dollar figure on a PC/console comparison. When you buy a PC you're buying a hell of a lot more than a 360/PS3 alternative.
[HP]
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(01-15-2008, 12:10 PM)
The game runs just fine for me, I'm on a 8800gt and a AMD x2 4600+!
Very high @ 20/25 FPS
Tr4nce
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(01-15-2008, 12:11 PM)
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Oh shit, I'm wondering if I will ever be able to play this game. :(



I want to play it so bad...So freaking bad...
Bidermaier
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(01-15-2008, 12:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by MoeB

I feel so bad for them that they have to do this. People just don't realize that they don't have to run this game in High settings in order to enjoy it.

Yeah but for example i have a overclocked e2180 and a 3850 which allows me to play the most of the current games at high if not highest setting. Crysis is the odd one.

I think that crysis was intended to be played on High. Yes, i know the gameplay can be fully enjoyed at medium, but i am not getting the full experience. Crysis at medium looks like a 360 game. And that is not how it is supposed to look.

Why am i supposed to pay for all that tecnology, textures, desing and manwork i am not going to get?
I hope the best to crytek, and i look foward to play crysis when i am able to play it at High.
Vic
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(01-15-2008, 12:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nabs

My computer can't even play those videos properly :(

:lol :lol :lol
lastendconductor
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(01-15-2008, 12:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Luckyman

Only $900

Get a second job and problem solved!
Yours sincerely,
Krazy Ken.
Frankfurter
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(01-15-2008, 12:20 PM)

Originally Posted by Talamius

For a PC game to get mainstream sales numbers it has to run acceptably with onboard graphics chips.

There are already pictures from Crysis 2 in the net:

Borys
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(01-15-2008, 12:21 PM)
Take Windows XP, HDD, DVD etc. off this price and you have a pretty good one actually, something around $600-$700 if I calculated things the right way.

That's as much as PS3 cost back in the day and with $600 PC you can do SO. MUCH. MORE.

So yeah I newegged the prices:

Windows XP - $99
HDD - $69
DVD Burner - $35

Total: $205

So if you have a PC and use it to post here on GAF you can slash $205 off that challenge price.

$700 for a Crysis @ high capable PC?

Sounds nice.
Last edited by Borys; 01-15-2008 at 12:25 PM.
Majik
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(01-15-2008, 12:23 PM)
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If people are going to claim that their machine runs the game on 'Very High' @ around 30fps then i think it should be insisted that they unrestrict the console, use the r_displayinfo=1 command to show the settings and framerate and caputure screens from various parts of the game.

It's highly tweakable but if the GTX i have at work and the overclocked Ultra i have at home don't give a steady 30fps... y'know...:lol

There's a reason the guys at Crytek have limited their machine in this "challenge" to 'High' settings @ 720p on XP.
rollingstart
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(01-15-2008, 12:25 PM)

Originally Posted by Nabs

My computer can't even play those videos properly :(

same here.

but I blame Quicktime.
evlcookie
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(01-15-2008, 12:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by Borys

Anyway this is a kick in the face for all those "lololololololol $3000 PC!" trolls that post here.

All those one or two that Tekno didn't ban yet that is.

It isnt though, because they are still bitching that $900 is too much :lol . You cant win in a console only crowd, untill you can build a PC that is capable of running crysis for $15, they just wont care.
Draft
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(01-15-2008, 12:32 PM)
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Bubububu 3000 dollar pc. Owned by Europeans.
Kosma
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(01-15-2008, 12:37 PM)
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You can get this for 768 euro now at Dell (using coupons)

Q6600
2GB RAM (667 but still)
500GB HDD
8800GT 512 MB
Vista
Borys
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(01-15-2008, 12:38 PM)

Originally Posted by oo Kosma oo

You can get this for 768 euro now at Dell (using coupons)

Q6600
2GB RAM (667 but still)
500GB HDD
8800GT 512 MB
Vista

This is sweet. Like fucking sweet if you ask me.
Bonfires Down
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(01-15-2008, 12:39 PM)
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Crysis for PS3 with m/kb support plz?
Kosma
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(01-15-2008, 12:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Borys

This is sweet. Like fucking sweet if you ask me.

Yeah the normal price is 899 , but with coupons I found online it's really cheap.
Last edited by Kosma; 01-15-2008 at 12:50 PM.
Zzoram
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(01-15-2008, 12:51 PM)
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This isn't anything new, my friend built a PC that can handle Crysis for CAN$1100 after tax, and he could've been cheaper. He got a quadcore and 4gb RAM, he could've cut back on that and saved some money.
neorej
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(01-15-2008, 12:54 PM)
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nice to see they use a gfxcard that's nigh impossible to get your hands on.
Router
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(01-15-2008, 12:57 PM)
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How about a 360/PS3 challenge Crytek?
gallyer
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(01-15-2008, 01:11 PM)
Sounds like a bargain. But it's a bit hard to play without a keyboard, mouse or screen....
(or a copy of the game)
AdrianWerner
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(01-15-2008, 01:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by Borys



Still, $900 buys you all 2 next-gen consoles + Wii.

yeah by then I don't have to pay up to 30$ more for every game (in old EU, here in Poland 360 games actualy cost 60$ more)
Kosma
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(01-15-2008, 01:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by gallyer

Sounds like a bargain. But it's a bit hard to play without a keyboard, mouse or screen....
(or a copy of the game)

Most people have a monitor, mouse and screen you know.
Variable
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(01-15-2008, 01:16 PM)
Can anyone recommend some specific motherboard and memory to use?
Borys
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(01-15-2008, 01:17 PM)

Originally Posted by AdrianWerner

yeah by then I don't have to pay up to 30$ more for every game (in old EU, here in Poland 360 games actualy cost 60$ more)

Ty z Polski? Jakie miasto?
rollingstart
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(01-15-2008, 01:19 PM)

Originally Posted by oo Kosma oo

You can get this for 768 euro now at Dell (using coupons)

Q6600
2GB RAM (667 but still)
500GB HDD
8800GT 512 MB
Vista

that is a pretty good deal id say.
Tieno
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(01-15-2008, 01:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by oo Kosma oo

You can get this for 768 euro now at Dell (using coupons)

Q6600
2GB RAM (667 but still)
500GB HDD
8800GT 512 MB
Vista

Heh, I could have bought that (if case and all that stuff is included too, don't need Vista) but I just bought a new HDTV.
gallyer
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(01-15-2008, 01:29 PM)

Originally Posted by oo Kosma oo

Most people have a monitor, mouse and screen you know.

Most people have a HDD, DVD drive and case too :) in fact most people have a whole computer !!

Crytek said they wanted to build a brand new machine. I know, it's only marketing.

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