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I am building a PC for my friend who primarily wants to run Civilization 5 as his "main game". I have not played this game, but have read before (when the game came out) that it can be pretty demanding. Not sure if its CPU intensive, Ram intensive, or GPU intensive. He is limited on funds, no set budget but wants to keep it below 1200 bucks (no monitor)

Either way I want to build a computer that can play this smoothly. One note, I dont know what resolution he intends on playing at. So for sake of argument, we are going to assume 1920x1080 (1080p).

I want to put together this system for him:
2600K
8GB Corsair Vengence
ASUS Z68 Maximus IV Gene
ASUS GTX560 TI
Etc Etc...

I guess if I had to pick one question, should I get a cheaper CPU, Cheaper Ram, to get a better video card? Or does the above setup look good (For CIV5). Cuz I think this setup would be ok
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post #2 of 11
Go with a 2500K and upgrade the graphics card to a 570.

That would be my only suggestion. That 100 dollars is definitely better spent on your GPU.
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Originally Posted by DMac84 View Post
I am building a PC for my friend who primarily wants to run Civilization 5 as his "main game". I have not played this game, but have read before (when the game came out) that it can be pretty demanding. Not sure if its CPU intensive, Ram intensive, or GPU intensive. He is limited on funds, no set budget but wants to keep it below 1200 bucks (no monitor)

Either way I want to build a computer that can play this smoothly. One note, I dont know what resolution he intends on playing at. So for sake of argument, we are going to assume 1920x1080 (1080p).

I want to put together this system for him:
2600K
8GB Corsair Vengence
ASUS Z68 Maximus IV Gene
ASUS GTX560 TI
Etc Etc...

I guess if I had to pick one question, should I get a cheaper CPU, Cheaper Ram, to get a better video card? Or does the above setup look good (For CIV5). Cuz I think this setup would be ok
Go 2500k
Go G-Skill Ram cheaper and at 10 bucks off at newegg.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
Then grab a GTX 570
post #4 of 11
I run Civ V maxed out on my system with minimal lag, so that should be way more than enough. I would keep the 560, but bump it down to a 2500k. Spend the rest on a sound card since Civ V has a great soundtrack.
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post #5 of 11
I would suggest, like everyone else, bringing that down to a 2500K if your friend will only be gaming. However, I'd keep the 560 and save the money. Just because he has the money, it probably doesn't mean he wants to spend it, right? Seriously though, the GTX 560 is a damn fine card, and will handle that game well. Civ 5 is a RTS game, which makes it lean on the CPU more, if I understand correctly.
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Go with a 2500K and upgrade the graphics card to a 570.

That would be my only suggestion. That 100 dollars is definitely better spent on your GPU.
i would go this route as well
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Cool. Thanks all for the help.
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post #8 of 11
Put it on a SSD otherwise it will merely go as fast as your HDD despite that nice GPU and CPU.
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Civ V max'd on my PC, puts the proc through the paces. ~50% once the map gets opened up a bit.

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post #10 of 11
That setup should run the game fine.
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