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Can my girlfriend's PC run Bioshock Infinite? I quickly built her a starter for Sims 3 and Diablo III

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OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
Memory: 2GB
Hard Disk Space: 20 GB free
Video Card: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
Video Card Memory: 512 MB
Sound: DirectX Compatible

She has a Pentium 660 at 3.6GHz, a huge cooler on it, 2GB of DDR2 533, a 9800GT, and 2 laptop 5400 RPM drives in RAID 0.

My issue is that all this runs on an Intel D915PBL board, so the processor support stops at the next step, the 670/672 at 3.8GHz. No dual cores or anything later.

I can on eBay or here get for about $80 a Core 2 Duo E6600/6700 and an ATX board for it, and everything else would transfer over. However, is this a reasonable upgrade, or can Bioshock Infinite run barely well enough not to upgrade? I'd like to upgrade her computer, but she's completely against it as she doesn't want me spending more money on her. I don't know if this game will run so I can avoid the wait for parts to arrive after she buys the game and just sits about waiting for faster PC parts.
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You should be able to run it, my suggestion is get the game first since she wants it and see how it plays. If it is choppy, then look to craigslist/ebay for upgrades. I think a 3.6GHz CPU even if it's a single will be fine to run it, as well as the 9800GT. Only place that you may have an issue is RAM, I'm not entirely sure how memory intensive it can be. I wouldn't imagine it eating up to much RAM though.
 
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You should be able to run it, my suggestion is get the game first since she wants it and see how it plays. If it is choppy, then look to craigslist/ebay for upgrades. I think a 3.6GHz CPU even if it's a single will be fine to run it, as well as the 9800GT. Only place that you may have an issue is RAM, I'm not entirely sure how memory intensive it can be. I wouldn't imagine it eating up to much RAM though.

I disagree, I used to own a 3.2ghz prescott P4 which was a lower clocked version of what the OP has. I had 2gb of ram and an 8800GT at the time, and while my GPU was up to snuff, the CPU dragged all day long when it came to gaming. Playing a very modern game on a single core processor is asking for trouble. Will the game play, maybe, will you be able to play fluidly, I highly doubt it.

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You mentioned that you found a dual core bundle for $80? An E6600 would be far more capable for the task at hand, yet I feel $80 towards that old of a processor and motherboard would be a waste. You would be better off getting a used Sandybridge I3, and an H67 board, or on the AMD side, an FX4100 processor and a budget board. The problem would then lie in the fact that you would need to buy ram also, which is added expense.

If your set on sticking with a DDR2 setup, perhaps an older Athlon X4 would be the most cost effective way to get where you need to be. Being that Bioshock was a console port, it should have no issues with scaling to older hardware, I just don't want you to think that your going to get fluid gameplay with a P4, when your most likely going to get a slide show instead.
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You should be able to run it, my suggestion is get the game first since she wants it and see how it plays. Only place that you may have an issue is RAM...
Thanks! The game is $60, so it's a huge gamble when the PC as is already runs the other games she has. It's confusing. For the memory, unless I just upgrade to DDR3 and a later platform, it's a wash to buy more. I have 4GB of DDR2 1250 I could put in, but the board doesn't allow voltage adjustment or much of anything.

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Playing a very modern game on a single core processor is asking for trouble. Will the game play, maybe, will you be able to play fluidly, I highly doubt it.
This is much like what I was thinking. The P4 is a 115W heating unit that doesn't run much too well. I'm very concerned with how it'll under-power the card as I recently benchmarked a Phenom 9750 and a GTX 280, and it tied with a C2D E6600 with an 8800GT. It's definitely all up to the CPU at that point.
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You mentioned that you found a dual core bundle for $80? ... I feel $80 towards that old of a processor and motherboard would be a waste. ... The problem would then lie in the fact that you would need to buy ram also...

... perhaps an older Athlon X4 would be the most cost effective way to get where you need to be.
It's less a bundle and more like eBay sells $35 Core 2 Duo CPUs and $45 775 boards all the time. There are several auctions for those setups right now. Definitely, I don't want to buy DDR3, so I need to stick with the fastest DDR2 setup. A C2D E6600 is at least $20 cheaper than an X4 620, for example, and the AM3 boards are way more expensive for the good stuff. And then she'd have to run a stock cooler because I just have a giant 775 CPU heatsink that I gave her. Also, I just checked out benchmarks, and there is a minute difference that wouldn't be worth the extra $50 with stock cooling, I think.

It looks like the cooler is driving me to stay with 775, and an Athlon II X4 is just new enough to be significantly more expensive, even on eBay, than a Core 2 Duo. What do you think?
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Keep an eye on the OCN marketplace, there are a bunch of good deals on older hardware all the time. There is an E5400 for sale for $20, which will be faster than the E6600 you were considering.
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CPU won't..... Bioshock is easy on GPU's...
 
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Keep an eye on the OCN marketplace, there are a bunch of good deals on older hardware all the time. There is an E5400 for sale for $20, which will be faster than the E6600 you were considering.
That's awesome! I forgot about the E5K series.
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Why Bioshock Infinite? If you want to save money and not worry about performance, recommend your female friend a story driven sophisticated D&D RPG game like Planescape Torment, Icewind Dale or Neverwinter Nights - she will spend 10 fold more gameplay time and save 10 times more money!

I can't think of any game other than one of those for females, it's all "shot-em-up" these days..
Edited by Marshock - 4/6/13 at 4:16pm
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i say you test the game before buying it by torrenting it however i highly doubt that rig is gonna come anywhere close to playing the game..the game is graphically intense with expansive backgrounds and motion. why throw away the 60 bucks? when you can have her start investing in a budget ivy bridge build..for 700 she can play that and much more..
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your only problem is going to be the CPU,
the rest is fine for playing this game with low-medium settings.

fast dual cores should be enough
(like a Core 2 duo e7200 or faster, Celeron G530 or faster...)
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