Is It Worth Buying a New AMD CPU or GPU Just To Get the Starfield Bundle?

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If you were in the market for a new PC to run Starfield at 60 fps (frames per second), then AMD might look pretty tempting right now. This shouldn't be the only deciding factor for your future gaming rig because you won't be playing only Starfield on it, right?
In the latest Starfield trailer, Todd Howard, Game Director, boasted about Bethesda's partnership with AMD and how this allows them to unlock the full potential of blah blah blah, and other marketing terms that weren't entirely accurate, technically speaking.

Nvidia has repeatedly proven its superiority in upscaling technologies like FSR vs. DLSS, but we won't discuss that today. I only mentioned it because you shouldn't overlook what team green (Nvidia) has to offer just because Todd Howard says so. He said many things in the past, like how great Fallout 76 would be, and we all know how that turned out.

Now that we got the pep talk out of the way, let's see what bundles are in store for us. Coming hot off of AMD's Taiwan website, an entire list of CPUs and GPUs shows which hardware components nab you a Starfield Standard or Premium code. A few computer systems were also mentioned, but they didn't get into any specifics.

The Standard Edition, which includes the game, along with possibly three pre-order in-game items like the "Old Mars Skin Pack," Laser Cutter, Deep Mining Helmet, and Deep Mining Pack, come with AMD Radeon RX 7600, RX 6650 XT, RX 6600 XT, and RX 6600 GPUs, as well as with AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D, Ryzen 7 7700X, Ryzen 7 7700, Ryzen 5 7600X, and Ryzen 5 7700 processors.

The Premium Edition contains everything from the base version, in addition to five days Early Access, the Shattered Space Story Expansion, Constellation Skin Pack: Equinox Laser Rifle, Spacesuit, Helmet, Boost Pack, and the Starfield Digital Artbook & Original Soundtrack.

To get a Premium code, you have to buy a graphics card like the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX, RX 7900 XT, RX 6950 XT, RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, RX 6800, RX 6750 XT, RX 6700 XT, or Radeon RX 6700. CPU-wise, you'd have to get one of the following models: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen™ 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X, or AMD Ryzen 9 7900.

According to the website, the bundle event starts on July 11 and ends on September 30 with a code activation deadline on October 28.

Starfield is coming out on September 6, and whether it's worth it to get a new PC component just for the game is entirely up to you. Before getting a new AMD part, consider that it will also be available on Game Pass, day one, at no additional cost if you're a subscriber.
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