Hello. I am thinking of upgrading my graphics card for Battlefield 4, I don't necessarily want to play the game maxed out at 1080p, I just want it to run smoothly on medium or low at a minimum of 720p resolution. At the moment I am getting low frames(25 fps and drops to about 18 for split seconds) and stutters which is very frustrating to play with. My budget is R2000 which is more or less 200$.
I know my CPU might bottleneck a new GPU but at the moment all I can budget for is a new Video Card. My PCI e version says 16x, im not to sure what that means but apparently most cards are backwards compatible anyway. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
Well I'd say HD7870 or GTX660. The PCIe x16 is fine. I'm sorry to say what you already know but the CPU and RAM will be a bottleneck. Though it may ru the game on low settings at a decent frame (+40 FPS)
So is there no possibility that i can get about 40 frames with no CPU and motherboard upgrade? Apparently most games only use one or two CPU cores and my Clock speed is 3ghz. Is the R7 260x not also an option?
Well make sure to buy a LGA775 socket CPU! You should find one on Ebay, buyer with high positive feedback recommended . I bought a CPU that didn't match, that's something you can expect. Try looking for a Q8400 or Q8600 I'm not very sure about it or higher if price isn't too high.