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What should I upgrade to get better performance in ARMA 3

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May 4, 2014 12:56:37 PM

So I play Arma 3, Mainly Altis Life, at around 30-40fps on Medium settings with No shadows. I would like to be able to run shadows and possibly some high quality settings, but first I need to know what to upgrade is it my graphics card or my processor?
My current GPU and CPU are
AMD FX 6300 3.5ghz and Radeon 7790 2GB DirectCU II
Which ever I need to upgrade can you please suggest a good upgrade within the limit of $250.
May 4, 2014 12:59:35 PM

i have the game and trust me this game does not like amd cpu's. get an i5 or i7 for this as this game in my opinion is very cpu demanding and at least r9 270x or gtx 760
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May 4, 2014 12:59:52 PM

could you please give specs for motherboard and psu

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May 4, 2014 1:00:37 PM

gazn1 said:
i have the game and trust me this game does not like amd cpu's. get an i5 or i7 for this as this game in my opinion is very cpu demanding and at least r9 270x or gtx 760


There is NO WAY that I can find a motherboard + a i5/i7 for $250 unless one of them is broken. It's just impossible.
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May 4, 2014 1:03:04 PM

you should be able to get at least an i5-3570k for $250
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May 4, 2014 1:04:15 PM

gazn1 said:
you should be able to get at least an i5-3570k for $250


However I'd have to buy a whole new motherboard also.
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May 4, 2014 1:04:35 PM

Upgrade the GPU, i would Recommend going for a R9 280, it's just within that $250 pricetag.
link: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100373...

The CPU should be fine in any game. :) 
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May 4, 2014 1:05:07 PM

Jlg823 said:
gazn1 said:
i have the game and trust me this game does not like amd cpu's. get an i5 or i7 for this as this game in my opinion is very cpu demanding and at least r9 270x or gtx 760


There is NO WAY that I can find a motherboard + a i5/i7 for $250 unless one of them is broken. It's just impossible.


Absolutely incorrect. You may not be able to find such a combo NEW, but if you look around in various tech sites' "For Sale" subforums, you could. Most used unlocked i5s from any generation since Sandy Bridge (2500k+) go for around $140-170, and you can get plenty of decent motherboards for under $100. You just have to put in a bit of effort to find these things.
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May 4, 2014 1:06:12 PM

swifty_morgan said:
what about this?.................... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

should give complete system specs and monitor resolution.


That's a good choice, but with Arma do I need a CPU or GPU Upgrade? Also.
AMD FX 6300
Radeon 7790
1TB WD Blue
750w PSU
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA
Acer 21' 1080p 1920x1080 Monitor.
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May 4, 2014 1:10:19 PM

your gpu is junk for that game.................. true a new cpu would also help but the most limiting factor IS the video card.

look at the charts in this review. in the drop down menu at the bottom a list will appear. find specific games and look for your card vs other cards in your price range

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_geforce_g...

and NO, I don't think the 750ti represented there is the card I would get............. it's just a link for comparison.

and i didn't look at the link with the 280 in it above. if you can or want to, i would get the faster card yet.
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May 4, 2014 1:40:48 PM

did you try over clocking your cpu at all?
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