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We Build And Test A Budget Gamer's Special, Continued

System Builder Marathon: Day 4

F.E.A.R. is showing us more of the same, but even more pronounced: at 1600x1200 with 4xAA, the Budget Gamer's Special is getting twice the framerate of the 'balanced' mid-range system!

And, Oblivion confirms what we've already seen. At 1600x1200 with 4xAA, our Budget Gamer's Special is trumping the mid-range system.

This is a highly specialized case - I don't think I'd ever recommend such an unbalanced system to anyone - but it makes a point that can't be ignored: for high resolution gaming, even the 8800 GTX is a viable card for a low-end dual core system.

If you plan to play at very high resolutions, your CPU's impact on performance is very limited compared to the influence of the graphics processor!

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