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I have seen many system ask what kind of system they need to build to play this game on max settings... And when one has enough money to spend thats question is easilly answered, but when you are on a tighter budget some questions need to be answered first to see where your money is best spend...
If we can get these questions answered, it will be easier to build the best system for your money :
- Does the game engine favour Nvidia or AMD graphic cards?
What game engine is used and are there any benchmark games that use this same engine, so we can compare graphics cards performances. Or did someone allready test the game with comparable cards like a Radeon 6950 and a Geforce 560 TI?
The game engine used is the heroengine, which seems to favour NVIDIA cards. (assumption based on the availabillity of the Physics engine which is Nvidia only)
- Does the game engine make effective use of crossfire or SLI graphic card setups?
If supported these setups work mirracles for people that want to play the game at higher resolutions, but if not supported performce gain may dwindle or even be worse then a single GPU.
THe heroengine seems not to be optimised for either crossfire or SLI
- How does the game handle memmory, how much does it improve when i install 4, 6 or 8 GB, is there a lot of performace improvement from faster memmory?
Tough with current prices i asume 8GB at under $50 is a great choice for everyone, faster memmory in general improves performnce only by a few tenths of procents, so thats not really the place where to invest your money.
-Multi core and multi threading, is the game programmed to make use of more threads and cores?
In general its hard to find something better then the I5 2500K for your money, espescially when you can overclock a little. But if the engine really makes good use of multi cores the AMD X8 processors could be an option. If the I5 is above your budget there are some cheeper AMD phenom CPU's that could deliver good performnce at a good price.
The heroengine is single threaded, So this means that it favours high clockspeeds as the most important factor for its performance.
-How much does game performance improve when i use a small SSD for my game install instead of a traditionall harddrive?
In general my MMO experience has tought me that a fast SSD drastically reduces both foreground (zoning) loading times as wel as lag generated by background loading. IF SW:TOR is anything like all other MMO's a SSD drive is really a no brainer. choose eitehr a small cheep 60GB one for the actuall game install, or if you have the money available in your budget choose a bigger one and install both the game and windows on it for lightning fast windows booting.
A mainboard in general doesn't make to much difference for your performance, except when it offers new things like more memmory lanes. I allways choose my mainboards based on 3 things : Feautures, Stabillity and overclockabillity. and not so much on the actuall performance.
So basically what i was hoping for is that someone with beta test experience or more indepth game knowledge can answer the questions in red. When we know the answers to those questions we can advise people better how to build systems for their budgets.
So whose going to answer these questions for me ?
Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)