SA_Drone wrote:I'm in sore need of a replacement for my current 'main' personal/gaming computer. To my great shame, I've been relying on a MacBook Pro since summer of 2009, and my total inability to play most games released in the past two or three years is finally wearing me down. My budget is fairly slim this days, so I'm looking at the Econobox (or a slight variation on it, as not all of the recommended components are easily available here in Germany, and we don't have a very good Newegg equivalent).
My question is: what kind of performance can I expect out of the Econobox from the Christmas 2013 guides? Beyond the super-technical benchmark information, I really just want to know more practical stuff, like "what kind of fps/performance settings can I expect from recent AAA games?" Right now I've got some slightly older stuff from last year on my radar (Bioshock Infinite, Saints Row 4, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag), and some recent/upcoming MMOs (WildStar, Planetside 2, MWO specifically). There's plenty of older stuff like Skyrim that I still haven't gotten around to, but I mean that game came out in 2011, so I seriously doubt the Econobox would have a problem running that at 60fps.
SA_Drone wrote:Unfortunately it seems like the R9 270 and R9 270X have shot up in price since the Christmas guide was published. Are they still going to be the go-to option, or is there something with equal capabilities for the previous price?
SA_Drone wrote:Judging from past guides, it looks like TR comes out with their Spring system guide sometime in March/April. If I'm not going to wait that long, what are the major differences between the Christmas and Spring recommendations (for both Econobox and Sweet Spot) likely to be?
Melvar wrote:All of the high end AMD cards are insanely overpriced because of the boom in Bitcoin alternatives. Unless you're really intent on going with AMD, Nvidia is your best bet for any upper mid range or high end card right now.
SA_Drone wrote:Thanks for that, I did a bit more research too and it seems like the 4GB at this point is really only for those who wish to take advantage of a dual-monitor setup (which I don't have any plans for at the moment). I might go the 2GB route then.