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Upgrade GPU for BF3? Or get new monitor?

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October 1, 2011 8:56:25 PM

Here are my current specs, and I can run the game on max graphics @ 45 to 55fps, but it drops down to 30 often. I'm either debating on getting a 23inch 1920x1080 screen (I currently have 2 1680.1050 and a 1280x720 screen) OR getting another HD Radeon 6870.

Specs -

Windows 7 64-bit
AMD 1055T x6 cores OCed @3.4Ghz (might OC it more)
Diamond HD Radeon 6870 1GB GDDR5 - OCed @ 950Mhz - Memory Speed - 1050Mhz\
Corsair 4GBx2 1600Mhz RAM


Do you guys and gals think that I'll get better performance when the final game comes out? If so I'll go ahead and get another screen, if not then I'll go and buy another 6870 and do CF. Thanks in advance!

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Also I have a 750 watt PSU, will that be enough to run 2 graphics cards at once?

UPDATE - I have a PCI-E wireless adapter card, but it looks like if put in a second 6870, it won't fit.

My wireless card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 1, 2011 10:50:26 PM

I would say buy another GPU.

And yes a 750 watt should be more than enough to juice two 6870's.
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October 2, 2011 12:44:02 AM

Hmm thanks! Also do USB Wireless dongles work as well as internal ones? I think that is the only way I'm going to have internet.
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October 2, 2011 12:51:14 AM

Well personally i think your pc would play it very well? high-ultra high.

if it was me then no i wouldn't buy a new gpu, especially just for one game!

you have a very nice pc :) 

One £30 game isn't worth £hundreds in upgrades!

Chris.
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October 2, 2011 12:56:47 AM

I definitely agree with the above poster.

The best thing you can do is buy the best you can afford when first getting your PC, then leave upgrading till the absolute latest possible. Your PC will hold it's value better, even if you lose 5 FPS over the course of the development year (/shockhorror) If you have the cash to burn, do it. If it's any effort, pain, problem or conscious consideration then don't - leave it a while longer until you feel the *need* to upgrade.

Your PC should run BF3 fine anyway for goodness sake :p  :) 

-Nih

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October 2, 2011 1:17:54 AM

You two are probably right, I'll just stick to getting another monitor, I need the desktop space badly o.o
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October 2, 2011 1:23:54 AM

Good man :) 


i have a crap comp if it doesn't play im just going to get it on ps3 saved me self alot of money :) 




Chris.
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October 2, 2011 4:13:53 AM

Agree.
Better monitor will do. Your HD 6870, can handle those resolutions without having much of a problem. :) 
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October 2, 2011 6:17:46 AM

first preference a gpu
and if u hve extra money buy and 22inch led full hd!!
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October 4, 2011 9:01:01 PM

Lcd is better because it has better response time than led,

Led has better color, if you are gone be using it for photos and graphic designing programs,

Lcd has better response time 2ms and Led 5ms, I didnt believe it at first then i saw a led monitor in gaming. Didnt really impress me that much as the lcd monitor.
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October 7, 2011 11:54:13 AM

AMDGuru2011 said:
Well personally i think your pc would play it very well? high-ultra high.

if it was me then no i wouldn't buy a new gpu, especially just for one game!

you have a very nice pc :) 

One £30 game isn't worth £hundreds in upgrades!

Chris.



First of his question was should he get a new monitor or a new video card ...... Secondly a 6870 is NOT running the game bf3 on high/ultra settings.

It all depends I find gaming on a 23-30 inch monitor at 1920x1080 with graphics cranked my sweetspot, Im talking depth of field/tessalation 8X/16X etc. Its all about whats right for you, I cannot stand the Bezels in multi monitor setups. So my next upgrade will be a 30+ with higher res. Monitor could be a good upgrade/investment. As your monitor will not become obsolete as long as its one you want and will use for years to come ......My wifes 24 inch I have had for 7 years and it still looks awesome.

Like stated about for max settings you may want to get a new video card, as recommended is a 560Ti or 6950 which in the VGA hierarchy charts is a few steps above your current card and those two cards cannot max the game on Ultra. Med settings I think is your current sweet spot. Hope this helps.
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October 17, 2011 1:32:18 AM

Best answer selected by Shining_KoW210.
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October 17, 2011 1:52:54 PM

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