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I want to play all the newest games at the highest settings. Sadly, my monitor only supports 1280x1020 resolution. I will be upgrading next year, but for now, is it better for me to pour my money into a good CPU or GPU, and which CPU's or GPU's do I need to be able to, say, run Crysis on Very high at 1280x1020 with a decent framerate?
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Well, depends. What do you have for a CPU/GPU?
     
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Get a new video card. You shouldn't get left too far behind with a 9 series card (9800GTX)
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First off

Welcome to OCN!!!!

secondly i would say GPU......but we are talking about crysis....i do believe it pretty much beats the crap outta both.

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A new GPU gains the largest performance upgrade in a system when it comes to gaming. CPU does too but not as noticeable, well depends on your existing CPU though....
 
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Crysis is about the hardest application to run on VERY HIGH for any resolution. I don't even think it allows you to select VERY HIGH unless it can detect superior hardware.

You have a bit of a crossroads here. The GPU I think will be the ultimate deciding factor...but not just any GPU. I think you would probably need to be at a 8800GTX (single) or better to run at Very High w/ a "decent" framerate.

I think SLI is really what you need for those settings though.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post
A new GPU gains the largest performance upgrade in a system when it comes to gaming. CPU does too but not as noticeable, well depends on your existing CPU though....
I couldn't agree more. But if, say, he has a p4 and a 8000 series nVidia GPU for example, I'd definately say a CPU upgrade would be more beneficial. It all depends on what he has.
     
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Crysis is about the hardest application to run on VERY HIGH for any resolution. I don't even think it allows you to select VERY HIGH unless it can detect superior hardware.

You have a bit of a crossroads here. The GPU I think will be the ultimate deciding factor...but not just any GPU. I think you would probably need to be at a 8800GTX (single) or better to run at Very High w/ a "decent" framerate.

I think SLI is really what you need for those settings though.
crysis only lets you select "Very High" if you are running DX10 with Vista
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post #9 of 14
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crysis only lets you select "Very High" if you are running DX10 with Vista
I was always wondering why it wouldn't let me select it.
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post #10 of 14
Gpu is important but remember this, the GPU will be outdated within months, the CPU will most likely hold its own for a few years
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