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Old August 30, 2012, 05:11 PM
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Default A8-3870K for 1080p MOH gaming

My uncle is a WW2 fanatic and he was hinting that he would like to play some medal of honor games.

I was speccing a build for him and was wondering if an A8-3870K would be good enough for him to play at near the highest settings for games like MOH:Allied Assault and MOH: Airborne at 1080p?

this build doesn't need to be complete till november, so I believe Trinity will be out by then?

trying to keep this build as cheap as humanly possible; $40 for a discrete card is too much already(if I don't actually need it). Or maybe I should look up pre-built machines?
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Old August 30, 2012, 05:48 PM
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For real?...


Yah that would do
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Old August 30, 2012, 06:16 PM
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for real what? :S
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Old August 30, 2012, 07:43 PM
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$40 for a GPU is too much and you want to game at max setting in 1080p? That's like looking for a "Lady (or Man) of the Evening" for $20 / hr without STD. At this point may as well wait for the A10 (FM2 socket) to come out. No way in hell you can run max in 1080p.

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Old August 30, 2012, 07:59 PM
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well....the games I mentioned were 2003 to 2007-era games. Its not too handy to compare them to 2011+ AAA titles....

i didn't say $40 was too much. I just didn't want to buy an overpowered card for the build. It's there to play very specific games after all.
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Old August 30, 2012, 08:00 PM
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MOH isn't that graphics intensive but at the same time I think you could pick-up either a pre-built that will do him or a second-hand system that will beat what you can do new and self built..

What is your budget and for what parts(do you already have anything) and what usage will he have with it?
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Old August 30, 2012, 08:09 PM
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Fail..on my part sorry...was thinking just processing power
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Old August 30, 2012, 08:18 PM
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Hmm it's an older game, but you're still asking it to run on a graphics chip that has a crippled memory interface. From the review, I think medium is doable but high is unlikely: Medal of Honor Single Player Graphics & CPU Performance > High Quality Performance - TechSpot Reviews
On the other hand, the game barely needs CPU at all: Medal of Honor Single Player Graphics & CPU Performance > CPU Performance - TechSpot Reviews

Maybe you can buy someone's used LGA775 / AM2 stuff with GTS 250 or something, because you'll still need more graphical processing power than an APU [ed: provides].

Prebuilt machines these days put high-end CPUs with low-end GPUs and even worse power supplies, so I wouldn't try it (maybe with the exception of the Dell XPS and higher, but then you're better off with a custom build for the price).
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Old August 30, 2012, 10:11 PM
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alright, i think this thought experiment is over :( it'd be nice if an APU was good enough, so I could use a SFF setup.

i think i have a 1.6ghz core 2 duo in a closet somewhere with 2gb of ram. might look into a 7770/7750. sound about right?

EDIT: i'd probably only buy something from this generation, just so i can get a first-hand feel of how the low-end performs (just for fun).
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drop a lil cash and bump the ram.. 2 GB is too low for an enjoyable experience on Win 7.. 4 GB is reasonable.
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