The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt released on Tuesday May 19th, with some surprising recommended requirements on PC. So, like the GTA V PC we did last month, we're going to see how much it will cost to put together a PC that meets the recommended system requirements for The Witcher 3. This is a highly anticipated RPG from CD Projekt Red and is a great looking game. So lets give it a PC that will run it as well as the developers want. As usual, prices are in USD from Amazon.com unless noted. Let's check out The Wild Hunt.
CPU: AMD FX-8350
RPGs, especially those of the open-world variety, tend to use a nice amount of the CPU. The Witcher 3 is no different. It recommends either an i7-3770 or an FX-8350. We're going to go with the 8350 cause it's cheaper and can overclock really well with a decent cooler if you really need more power. However, CD Projekt Red has gotten really good at optimization in their games, so even at stock speeds, this eight-core processor will be more than enough.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
Gigabyte does make really nice motherboards, and they usually like playing around with some neat color schemes. This board is perfectly fine for this machine. It's inexpensive, all black, fits everything you could want plus room for upgrades, and looks pretty cool, too. Heck, if you're looking for an AM3 board, this might just be the one to buy right now.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866Mhz (Newegg)
Speaking of cool looking RAM, Corsair Vengeance RAM is pretty snazzy. We've got the extra tall heatspreader modules this time, so it'll keep all the nasty heat away from the chips, improving the life of your RAM. That's a good thing. And this is 1866Mhz, so it'll help you if you do any light media stuff like videos or rendering. It's good RAM, especially for the price.
We've seen it a million times on here. And since Wild Hunt is a huge game, this will definitely benefit during loading screens. I was going to put an SSD in with a standard HDD, but I thought this would be better for the money and allow faster loading speeds for more than just one game.
For the GPU, the requirements are a GTX 770 or an R9 290. The R9 290 is the more powerful card, but at the price of requiring more power. However, at this price point, the larger power supply won't hurt a budget too much. This card is big too, a triple fan, two and a half slot beast that will keep cool while running at heavy loads.
As always, Fractal makes awesome cases. And as always, cases are completely subjective. You could opt to go with a cheaper case to save money, or move it around, but there is one thing most cheap cases have that the R5 has in spades: silence. The R5's marketing campaign was "silence redefined" and that is completely true. Even with air cooling, this case is quiet, and if you use liquid, you probably won't even know it's on while idle. Definitely a great case if you're willing to spend the cash.
Again with the repeating components from other builds, Corsair makes good power supplies. You really can't go wrong with any of them, unless you use less power, cause then you're wrong and want to blow up your computer. The CX600 will give us plenty of power, it's 80+ Bronze and will feed everything perfectly well. However, if you want to go with two GPUs, I recommend a lower wattage GPU or a higher wattage PSU.
So with The Wild Hunt coming, The Witcher better be careful. This machine is pretty awesome for the price of $812.90 according to PCPartPicker. This is a great machine, and there are areas you can save a bit more on as well, so you'll be sure to slay many beasts with this build.
If anyone has ever built a machine using these guides, I'd actually love to see them. Comment pictures below or on the forum in a new topic. It'd be great to see how the PC community is doing in regards to this site. Thanks.