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3 years ago#1
Helping a friend build a computer.

He's recently tried out Rome Total War 2 on my computer and he has enjoyed the experience. I have an i5-2500K. He's thinking of buying a computer solely for that game. Would the i3 3220 be good enough for RTW2?

I'm using
http://www.logicalincrements.com/

as a general guideline.
http://i.imgur.com/VgwJRED.jpg
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/VanillaRice-1752/hero/337193
3 years ago#2
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1pvN7


CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $687.57
560ti | i5-2310 2.9ghz | asus p8h61m lx plus | patriot memory g2 8g | OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 | Samsung SSD 250GB | WD 1tb | HAF 912 | AOC 29" IPS 2560x1080
3 years ago#3
i7
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I thought I chose very easy, not brand new to the game. - CheesyPhil
3 years ago#4
****, Get a 4 core/8 thread Xeon for the price of an i5 if you don't plan on overclocking.
Fear is a leash.
3 years ago#5
An i3 would suffice, but the game does perform better on a quad
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Total-War-Rome-2-PC-255102/Tests/Total-War-Rome-2-Test-Benchmarks-1086131/

An i5 is definitely better if he wants to avoid upgrading in the future
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