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  02:09:11  15 September 2016
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jezp
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On forum: 10/17/2010
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Speccing a new PC

Hi all,

I am looking to build a new PC and SHOC is likely to be the main game I play on it. Does anyone have any decent high end build recommendations (or full specifications) for a PC that would be able to run the latest mods, high resolution at a high frame rate? Are there any gotchas with particular CPUs or graphic cards I need to be aware of?

Thanks,

J
  17:44:43  15 September 2016
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nashathedog
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There'll always be mods you struggle to run due to the way the engine handles things regardless of the hardware you have, For example with the COP version of X-ray you can hit treble figure highs one moment and then hit stutter and 30 fps averages the next all depending on how much is going on inside the switch distance's boundaries, ie the area around you where everything inside is switched online. You'll still hit the same lows whether you have a GTX1070 or a GTX 970. There too many variables to take into account, resolution being a big one. How much you plan on spending is another. I recently moved to a 144hz 21:9 monitor but before that I was running 1440p on a 60hz 1080p monitor with dsr/vsr and even though I like the added real estate the 1440p on 1080p monitor still looked amazing, Whatever you go for try to make it so you run either freesync or G-sync, I used hate how I had to use v-sync to stop the tearing now it's a thing of the past. For a graphics card from the new generations a 4gb 480 or 6gb 1060 will both provide more than enough performance, If you want to spend less look for one of the deals on last gen cards like the Nvidia 970 and AMD 390, For the cpu the only thing I'd suggest is keep it Intel for now. An i5, go quad core not dual core.
  18:47:14  15 September 2016
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jezp
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Thanks, that's useful.

My last PC had an ATI Radeon card and I'd have issues every time new drivers came out - needing either config tweaks or rolling back to a previous version to get decent performance. I just want to avoid that sort of thing this time.
  19:15:09  15 September 2016
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nashathedog
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AMD have a new driver set up called Crimson now and for the last 6 to 9 months they've been nothing short of exemplary, I update every time a new version releases and have had zero issues with my Fiji gpu, That said there has been teething problems for the new 400 series cards, Overall they've put a lot of effort into making sure there driver support is as good as Nvidia's and in my opinion they've finally succeeded.
  14:14:22  16 September 2016
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jezp
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Thanks - that's really useful. Time to get shopping.
 
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