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New Graphics Card for Battlefield 4 please help!

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December 8, 2013 5:40:16 AM

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$.

These are my current Specs:

Motherboard: ECS G41T M13 LGA775
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 Dual Core 3ghz
RAM: 4 GB DDR3 1333mhz (not fancy gaming memory i don't think)
PSU: 450 watt
HDD: 500GB
GPU: Inno 3D GT 430 1GB

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.
December 8, 2013 6:11:52 AM

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)
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December 8, 2013 6:44:57 AM

Those cards are good but your CPU may be as much of the problem as the GPU oy umay be better looking for a core 2 quad on ebay and a Radeon 7750 you may get both for $200.
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December 8, 2013 7:08:40 AM

simon12 said:
Those cards are good but your CPU may be as much of the problem as the GPU oy umay be better looking for a core 2 quad on ebay and a Radeon 7750 you may get both for $200.


Yes, could be a good option in fact.
EDIt: I think you'll need to upgrade you PC to play BF4. If you can't try simon12 option and playing on low settings at 720p.
December 8, 2013 7:47:31 AM

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?


December 8, 2013 8:10:12 AM

So my best bet is to try and find a Second hand Quad Core Cpu and an average graphics card?
December 8, 2013 8:23:30 AM

James22 said:
So my best bet is to try and find a Second hand Quad Core Cpu and an average graphics card?


That would be the wisest indeed. I don't know how much the R7 260x costs but if it's more than 50$ above the HD7750 then go for the latter.
December 8, 2013 8:27:46 AM

Anything i should look out for when buying a second hand CPU?
December 8, 2013 8:34:17 AM

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.
December 8, 2013 8:36:02 AM

will a Core 2 quad Q6600 be ok?
December 8, 2013 8:50:26 AM

No that cpu would bottleneck, get a 3570k and use the intergrated gpu on that because that would run better than having a cheap cpu and gpu, then in the future you can just buy a decent card 2nd hand

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December 8, 2013 8:55:57 AM
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James22 said:
will a Core 2 quad Q6600 be ok?

Q6600 + HD7750 OR R7 260 + 2GB RAM should do fine for BF4.
Ok not to confuse you I mean than 4 Gb won't be enough 6Gb is much better.
December 8, 2013 10:09:02 AM

Thank you very much for all the replies.
December 8, 2013 10:24:05 AM

James22 said:
Thank you very much for all the replies.


You're very welcome!
December 8, 2013 10:26:21 AM

aj2013 said:
No that cpu would bottleneck, get a 3570k and use the intergrated gpu on that because that would run better than having a cheap cpu and gpu, then in the future you can just buy a decent card 2nd hand


The hd4000 isn't enough to run BF4 I'm sorry.
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