Originally Posted by Trotter
Pardon me, but screw Crysis. It is a badly-coded fest of eye-candy designed to bring a system to its knees if at all possible. Trying to use Crysis as a basis for browbeating someone into buying more than they want or can afford is just bad practice.
Hikari's suggested AMD parts are valid. If nothing else, slap in some extra RAM and skip the discreet card for now. No, you won't be able to play the newest titles with everything turned all the way up, but you will be able to play older titles at a decent framerate. Hexk, I survived on a MX4000 for a couple of years, so I know it can be done... and the 780G would blow it out of the water.
At least the AMD/780G path would allow for a decent upgrade later on down the road.
Though I would go with the suggestion of getting good base parts but using built in graphics for now (buy a good dedicated card later when you need it). If you did buy one now then a 8800/9800gt or ati 4830 would be great if you could somehow fit that into your budget.
I just don't understand why people always say Crysis is badly coded. Even on Medium it looks great. I remember when it came out it was the best looking game I could play on my overclocked x1800xl. Of course I couldn't max it (had a mix of low, medium, and high) but I couldn't max COD4 either but Crysis was the better looking game on my system. So at least in my eyes it couldn't be badly coded and look so good on a not so great computer. And now I run it on high settings with 2xAA and it looks and runs great.
If anything I would say GTA4 should get the title of worse coded computer game because you practically have to have a quad to run it on any setting without massive frame drops.