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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:43 am 
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I would like to play the new tomb raider 2013, but i am not sure if my system is fast enough? I have a Biostar Hi Fi A85W motherboard with 4 GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GTX 650. My processor is AMD A10-5700. Is it wise to add more memory into the system? How much could i put and are there any problems with that?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:14 am 
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Should be a good performer, but don't overdo the memory. That could slow your system down a bit. Put together a system without excess, and it will be a great outcome. But one critical factor is the PSU. If not of sufficient reserves, then performance will never be great! For your setup, a minimal 650 watts or more would be required. Add case fans and extra storage drives, and you need to raise the "bar" of wattage.
With any computer, best to disable (end process) any programming that is not required when doing intensive gaming. Those programs will still be at hand when needed, but not needlessly clogging data bandwidth and memory. But never disable your AV or Firewall!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:30 am 
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according to the recommended specs for tomb raider, it's not a very demanding game.

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CPU Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 GHz (E6300) or AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 GHz
1 GB RAM (2 GB on Vista)
DirectX 9 graphics card with 512 MB Video RAM, AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT or nVidia 8600

Recommended:
(4050+) Intel Core i5-750 or AMD Phenom II X2 565
4 GB RAM
DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM, AMD Radeon HD 4870 or nVidia GTX 480


your system is actually a little better than the recommendations, as you have a better CPU and GPU than recommended. additional RAM is not necessary if you're concerned about this game - it could make things a little smoother, but...would come down to personal preference at that point. your CPU/GPU combination will probably accomodate you being at the 4GB memory size within this specific game.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:03 pm 
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thank you for your replies. that sounds very encouraging. hope the game will run smoothly. =)

i am not so sure about the power supply honestly, but it ran fine until now.. so i hope it will keep on working :/


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All computer power supplies (PSU) have a label denoting their maximum wattage and voltage ratings.. plus the preferred input voltage and wattage.
The +3.3 volt source is the heaviest drawn on, and the +5 volts is next. Most chipsets require the +5 volt source, while the CPU draws heaviest on the +3.3 volt source. Hard drives and optical drives draw mostly on the +12 volts and so too case fans.
The combined wattage required by a system should be about 25% less than the maximum rating of the PSU. While you may never reach that maximum, the reserve is important for proper regulation.
A PSU with a higher wattage rating will also run cooler than one that is at about its limit!

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