System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value

Benchmark Results: 3D Games

It appears at first that the $1,250 system is required to play Crysis at any resolution, but not everyone requires those very-high details. At medium details, we reported that the $625 gamer could play somewhat smoothly at resolutions up to 1920x1200.

Anyone who can appreciate really high levels of detail and is willing to give up a little resolution in exchange for good anti-aliasing will find our $1,250 enthusiast system adequate where its $1,500 predecessor was lacking.

The $1250 machine blazes through Supreme Commander Forged Alliance with anti-aliasing-disabled, but gets significantly bogged down when the feature is set to 4x. Most users probably won’t notice the effects of aliasing at 1920x1200 pixels when using a 24” monitor. On the other hand, most players probably don’t need super-smooth frame rates for RTS games anyway.

In fact, long-suffering players may even find the $625 system suitable, if not comfortable to watch, at resolutions up to 1680x1050 with anti-aliasing disabled. Concerning the previous $500 build, we have to wonder how much pain an RTS player can tolerate.

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  • waxdart
    I like this last month price this month price thing.
    I look forward to seeing a years worth of results.

    I'd also like to see - to reach this frame rate you'll need to spend X.

    Time to put a new machine together next year. I'm wondering what the mins spend will be so I just peak 30-35 fps on Crysis (or whatever the next banchmark game is by then).

    Good job.
  • wild9
    Impressive overclocking. There's practically nothing those systems couldn't run, game or Windows application.
  • wild9
    Be interesting to see the audio/video benchmarks once GPU-based processing is further refined. Who knows..we may even see the AMD systems being a viable alternative compared to Core 2 Duo, depending on the amount of data being thrown around. It's also interesting to see, just how well that $625 dollar system is able to 'run with the pack', considering it's price. For that price you'd hardly expect it to keep up and where games are concerned just look at the results. I can see a lot more people interesting in overclocking after having read this article, which was very useful and concise.
  • blibba
    It's a little unfiar comparing the $625 system to the $500 - $125 makes a big difference in this price range, and you didn't exactly manage a stunning overclock on the $500 build either.

    I'd also say you're unfair in saying that it "wasn’t even useful for anything but the most basic settings and resolutions of some games" - I know plenty of people who still game quite happily on Pentium Ds and HD2600 Pros / 8500GTs, and at very good framratres - the most basic settings, in your opinion, seems to mean medium settings.

    All in all though, a good article.
  • Anonymous
    72000 RPM!!!How Fast It Is~
  • Anonymous
    Why not using the same dir for the 2 compressor tests (winrar & winzip)?
  • hoodlol
    Im gonna order the parts for the $625 system and i was wondering if anyone could go through the trouble of explaining to me what kind fo performance it would have in a game like World of warcraft since i dont know anything about crysis or supreme commander

    please =D
    thanks in advance message me with a reply :)