The gddr5 version is better compared to the gddr3 version. I recently bought a desktop with the 640 gddr5 version and it works great. I have all the settings maxed out, and it runs fine. I use a 3d projector, so I play it in 720p in 3d mode and 1080p in 2d. I play more in 3d mode, and I can tell you that the game looks absolutely awesome with high detail. If the computer comes with the gddr5 version, I say go for it.
My older PC died out & I decided get a real gaming pc. My price range started at 350. When I relized that wasn't enough I started looking higher.
Iv grown up with computers but sadly still not great with specs. I found a machine that I think is good for what I need.
Computer for work/hobbies/school
Plays STO on high setting or close enough
Ready for memory/ram/processor upgrades later
Last but not least crossfire ability
I also at some point & time want a blue ray player burner & I read on review that it's a large case so hopfuly that means I can add things like that later on. I also don't mind at some point soon down the road needing to replace the motherbored for nicer upgrades.
I ask here because I'm about to start getting real busy soon & I want a beast gaming computer to come home to & STO is the only game that's interesting out there. I'm about to shift some $ around get this today as soon as possible so if you think it's worth it let me know. Thanks for reading, here's the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227408
I'd suggest a decent brand computer with an AMD A-series APU processor A8 or higher. They're not too expensive these days and will do well on STO. Trust me... My friend recently got one and it does great (aside from defective memory module that shipped with it, which has now been replaced).
Just my opinion... Love their A-series APUs. They come with GOOD integrated Radeon video that push a decent frame rate at reasonable resolutions. Not super high end, but GOOD solid performance! I know, instant reaction is "eww, integrated video," which would be true if it were Intel integrated video GARBAGE. But AMD builds an ACTUAL gaming video chipset directly into the processor on the A-series. a8 & higher pushes enough graphics do do well on most things, maybe not at 1900xwhatever resolution, but on a reasonable 1300x or 1600x with mid-range settings that look awesome.
And if you need to later, you can slot in a PCIe video card (though, for most things you really won't need to). I forget, but you MAY also be able to CrossfireX with the APU? I honestly forget.
Sounds like maybe you already made your decision, so too little too late? Dunno. For future reference, I guess...
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