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Fritz18: I need some help sorting out the specs required for the WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT vs what my son’s computer currently has. See required specs below.
Minimum system requirements - Windows:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz or AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Memory: RAM 6 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
Hard Drive: 35 GB of available space
DirectX: 11

Additional requirements: Requires file system support for files up to 8 GB.
Recommended system requirements - Windows:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: RAM 8 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
Hard Drive: 35 GB of available space
DirectX: 11

My son’s computer is an i3 blah blah blah with a basic video card. I plan to upgrade his video card to a Geforce GTX 1060 6GB Turbo Edition.
My thinking here is that with a higher end video card, that should overcome the i3 vs i5 issue.
Is that a safe assumption or will the game not run due to his processor being an i3?
Thanks for your help.
The CPU and GPU handle different functions.Much like Skyrim. You could have a TitanX and get buttery smooth graphics, but the game still chugs when you look down from Dragon's Reach at the top of Whiterun because all the NPC AI is handled by the CPU. GPU can fix a lot. A good processor is needed though.
Thru some additional research, I found this following site:

www.game-debate.com/hardware/?gid=3634&graphics=GeForce%20GTX%201070%20Asus%20Turbo

You can plug in you pertinent info along with the game you want to use and it will come back with your computers potential for running the game. Very useful.
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Fritz18: I need some help sorting out the specs required for the WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT vs what my son’s computer currently has. See required specs below.
Minimum system requirements - Windows:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz or AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Memory: RAM 6 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
Hard Drive: 35 GB of available space
DirectX: 11

Additional requirements: Requires file system support for files up to 8 GB.
Recommended system requirements - Windows:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: RAM 8 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
Hard Drive: 35 GB of available space
DirectX: 11

My son’s computer is an i3 blah blah blah with a basic video card. I plan to upgrade his video card to a Geforce GTX 1060 6GB Turbo Edition.
My thinking here is that with a higher end video card, that should overcome the i3 vs i5 issue.
Is that a safe assumption or will the game not run due to his processor being an i3?
Thanks for your help.
i3 is a dual core CPU, i5 is quad core, that's a fundamental difference. It's not nothing, and regrettably no GPU can compensate for the performance hit if a game is properly multithreaded.

So you are going to run the game on a CPU that doesn't meet the minimum spec, expect a below average gameplay. Will it be acceptable? That up to you, what you find acceptable.

That being said, the Withcher 3 is heavily GPU bound as well and there you should go for an 8GB AMD RX480 which is both cheaper and more powerful than any 1060 and the 8GBs help a lot in texture heavy games like the Witcher 3 on higher resolutions.
Thanks for the info Atlantico,

The other issue I have is physical space under the hood. I don't have 10.9". Zotac makes a Geforce 1060 Mini that is only 7" long, so I am a bit bound.
Does your son necessarily need a 1060? Not sure about the pricing, but I think if you just got a 980 and upgraded to a quad core i5 you should be able to run most games and shouldn't have a problem running The Witcher 3. Of course, you'd have to factor in your RAM too though...
Thanks Lucius,

When I was talking with Zotac or nVidia (can't remember) They indicated that the 1060 is equivalent to the 980 with updated architecture.

The site I referenced earlier says the i3 should run Witcher 3 just barely. But I could upgrade to at i5 is needed and increase his ram from 8 to 16.
Running Witcher 3 was going to be too much expense for my PC and i don't run a lot of high tech games. So I got it for my Xbox. It may be a cost effective way to play.
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Fritz18: Thanks Lucius,

When I was talking with Zotac or nVidia (can't remember) They indicated that the 1060 is equivalent to the 980 with updated architecture.

The site I referenced earlier says the i3 should run Witcher 3 just barely. But I could upgrade to at i5 is needed and increase his ram from 8 to 16.
The GTX 1060 and 8GB RAM would both be perfectly fine, not sure about the i3. But I'd say, just give it a shot and see how it runs. My guess is, it will probably still run better than the console versions of the game.

Edit: Just did a little web-search and there are many youtube videos of people playing Witcher 3 on an i3 & GTX 1060. As long as your i3 is relatively up to date it should work fine. And there are various quality and detail settings you can tweak in-game to optimize performance.
Another good idea, Thanks Tallima
Thanks Charles
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Fritz18: Thanks Lucius,

When I was talking with Zotac or nVidia (can't remember) They indicated that the 1060 is equivalent to the 980 with updated architecture.

The site I referenced earlier says the i3 should run Witcher 3 just barely. But I could upgrade to at i5 is needed and increase his ram from 8 to 16.
8 gigs of RAM is enough I think.
I've just discovered that my computer (i7 4th gen, GTX960M) can actually handle Witcher 3 at 1080p and mostly high or ultra details settings and getting average 40fps. The only thing that really kills the frame rates are the Grass Density and Foliage Visibility Range, just turning them down significantly improved the frame rates.

Great, just after I already beat the game.
Post edited January 11, 2017 by eksasol