New Gaming Machine

One of my best Christmas presents this year was my new gaming machine! I built a killer PC from scratch and have spent the last few days playing a variety of the best modern first-person shooters on the market.

The specs:

  • Intel i5 3450 Quad Core 3.14MHz CPUs with 3MB cache
  • 32 GB of DDR3 RAM (4 x 8GB)
  • Twin GeForce 660 Ti in SLI
  • MSI Z77 Motherboard
  • 120GB SSD
  • 1TB Internal 10,000rpm drive

In Far Cry 3 with all settings on Ultra and 4x Anti-Aliasing I get a solid 50-60 fps throughout the game.

Crysis is a little tougher on it, but I’m still able to pump everything to Very High and play. There are a few areas where the frame-rate dropped to 30fps but for the most part I get 60fps wherever I go.

Very lucky not only to have been able to build the machine, but also to get the time to play on it. The last few days have been a lot of fun and have really helped me recharge a bit. I managed to complete all of Far Cry 3, make good progress on both Borderlands and Crysis, and have a variety of other games to look forward to over the next few weeks: Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3, to name but a few.

Merry Christmas all!

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