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August 22, 2013 3:12:47 AM

hey there
this is my pc, I want to upgrade so I get better fps while playing BF3 and BF4, not below 40 fps at any map\game mode\number of players.

computer - ACPI x64-based PC
MotherBoard - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H1
Display Adaptur - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 512
processor - Intel(r) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @3.07GHz
RAM - 4 GB Transcend
- 2 GB Kingston
OS -Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Power Supply -CWT Ci-Power 230V
Hard Drive - 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Green 32 MB Cache

i want to run BF4 soon
right now,while playing BF3 i get an average of 30 FPS on Noshahr Canals TDM 16 players.
graphics settings are all set to low

I prefer not to switch to water cooling system
budget stands around the 600$
my guess is I should upgrade the gfx card and power supply.
i'm a noobie so please be gentle :) 
thank you

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August 22, 2013 3:42:31 AM

itayzfira said:
hey there
this is my pc, I want to upgrade so I get better fps while playing BF3 and BF4, not below 40 fps at any map\game mode\number of players.

computer - ACPI x64-based PC
MotherBoard - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H1
Display Adaptur - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 512
processor - Intel(r) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @3.07GHz
RAM - 4 GB Transcend
- 2 GB Kingston
OS -Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Power Supply -CWT Ci-Power 230V
Hard Drive - 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Green 32 MB Cache

i want to run BF4 soon
right now,while playing BF3 i get an average of 30 FPS on Noshahr Canals TDM 16 players.
graphics settings are all set to low

I prefer not to switch to water cooling system
budget stands around the 600$
my guess is I should upgrade the gfx card and power supply.
i'm a noobie so please be gentle :) 
thank you


Upgrade everything:
A $500 build in another thread.

And adjust to your liking and/or budget, could for example use your existing HDD instead, and beef up the graphics from the 7770 listed there to say 7870, and still stay under your $600 budget. In fact you can probably get the 7870 even if you keep the HDD in it and stay under $600 :) 
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August 22, 2013 12:14:11 PM

rvilkman said:
itayzfira said:
hey there
this is my pc, I want to upgrade so I get better fps while playing BF3 and BF4, not below 40 fps at any map\game mode\number of players.

computer - ACPI x64-based PC
MotherBoard - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H1
Display Adaptur - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 512
processor - Intel(r) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @3.07GHz
RAM - 4 GB Transcend
- 2 GB Kingston
OS -Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Power Supply -CWT Ci-Power 230V
Hard Drive - 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Green 32 MB Cache

i want to run BF4 soon
right now,while playing BF3 i get an average of 30 FPS on Noshahr Canals TDM 16 players.
graphics settings are all set to low

I prefer not to switch to water cooling system
budget stands around the 600$
my guess is I should upgrade the gfx card and power supply.
i'm a noobie so please be gentle :) 
thank you


Upgrade everything:
A $500 build in another thread.

And adjust to your liking and/or budget, could for example use your existing HDD instead, and beef up the graphics from the 7770 listed there to say 7870, and still stay under your $600 budget. In fact you can probably get the 7870 even if you keep the HDD in it and stay under $600 :) 


thanks for your quick reply.
couldn't ask for better news.
i like the AMD option since it should communicate good with my sound card
(RME that i got back from the days i had a music project going on).
i'm guessing that those components are checked for reliable communication with each other ?
in gaming pc like in music pc ?

how do i choose the right CPU cooler and display monitor ?



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August 22, 2013 12:46:49 PM

Yeah that build would work out great, and all components are compatible.

If you want to get an after market cooler, the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO is pretty good at a good ~$35 pricetag.
The case itself should come with both in and out fans so that should be fine as is.

As for monitors, pretty much any current LCD monitor will work fine for you. It's so much up to personal preference that i would recommend checking out the selection at an electronics store and seeing how they stack up for picture. IPS monitos are nice but usually a little expensive with some input lag. Gaming monitors usually have 1-5ms response times but ultimately they all work for you. Pick the one you like best.
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