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December 11, 2011 10:21:14 PM

CPU: i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz
RAM: 12 GB Gskill 1600
GPU1: EVGA GTX 460 SE 1 GB
GPU2: EVGA GTX 460 SE 1 GB
PSU: 850watt Corsair
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro
Case: Level 10 GT, a lot of fans for airflow
CPU cooler: hyper 212, i have a cooler master v6 gt on the way

Question is, how well will this run Battlefield 3? It cant manage Metro 2033 on ultra + dx11 which kind of surprised me, so I'm wondering how well it will run BF3. Any comments would be nice, and if you can think of a place to improve my PC please feel free to make suggestions.

Edit: I'm running at 1920x1080 on my main screen, and 1600x900 on my second screen. Figured that would be important to add.

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December 12, 2011 10:51:36 AM

you will be good at your full res to do about mid/high settings to keep the fps at 60+
you didn't say ur hdd, but sdd's are good for this game cuz the levels have long load times, especially in campaign, you have to load the level every time you die.

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December 12, 2011 12:40:02 PM
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you should be playing at the highest settings or near enough. the only thing you may have to turn down will be the anti aliasing options... and to get a higher fps rate you may want to reduce some gfx quality when you play on line. as this will help sync to your net data rate. enabling fluid and accurate play.
running it off an ssd will make a little difference to load times but online you will hardly notice any difference.
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December 13, 2011 3:27:04 AM

i think you will be good if your playing only on the 1920x1080 res screen. idk otherwise
December 13, 2011 3:57:39 AM

hey guys, im wondering if my trifire 6970/6990 and i-7 2600k will run BF3? i was just wondering cause i can max out the most demanding game out there , and want to know .
srsly now, if you want to show off your rig, theres an appropriate thread called " member system gallery" you should take full advantage of.
December 13, 2011 4:29:13 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
hey guys, im wondering if my trifire 6970/6990 and i-7 2600k will run BF3? i was just wondering cause i can max out the most demanding game out there , and want to know .
srsly now, if you want to show off your rig, theres an appropriate thread called " member system gallery" you should take full advantage of.

dont think your rig can run it, sry.
December 13, 2011 1:51:42 PM

it was a serious question. metro 2033 makes my rig scream in pain and I've heard that BF3 is the new pc tester.
December 13, 2011 2:04:01 PM

and I asked how well, not if it will run. I know it will run I just wanted to know about how well before I bought it.
December 13, 2011 2:53:31 PM

vram might be a limit, you've only got 1Gb effectively, but 1080p maybe ultra, definately high.
December 13, 2011 3:08:43 PM

alright thanks. I read somewhere that the difference between high and ultra isn't very noticeable in BF3. is that true? I think ill be getting it because high settings is good enough for me, I just wanted to make sure it would run good. I mean rage wont run over 20 fps so I never know..
December 13, 2011 4:12:08 PM

vedeyn said:
it was a serious question. metro 2033 makes my rig scream in pain and I've heard that BF3 is the new pc tester.

I don't see how metro makes your rig scream in pain. Your rig should be running metro just fine
December 13, 2011 9:41:50 PM

On DX11 and ultra its unplayable. I either have to be on DX11 high or DX10 ultra
December 13, 2011 10:00:33 PM

vedeyn said:
On DX11 and ultra its unplayable. I either have to be on DX11 high or DX10 ultra

Turn DoF off. I can play it on a single 570 no prob on very high in dx11 with tesselation enabled on 4xmsaa and 16xaf. Dof is unnecessarily taxing in metro
December 13, 2011 10:04:41 PM

Alright thanks. Is that in the options or in a file? I dont remember seeing it in the video options but i couldve missed it.
December 13, 2011 10:04:45 PM

vedeyn said:
alright thanks. I read somewhere that the difference between high and ultra isn't very noticeable in BF3. is that true? I think ill be getting it because high settings is good enough for me, I just wanted to make sure it would run good. I mean rage wont run over 20 fps so I never know..

Rage wont run over 20 fps? It should be running at 60fps locked on your setup. There might be something wrong here.
December 13, 2011 10:07:21 PM

vedeyn said:
Alright thanks. Is that in the options or in a file? I dont remember seeing it in the video options but i couldve missed it.

it is above the video options in the dx11 options tab. Tesselation should be ok but advanced dof is probably what is making your system get swamp ass
December 13, 2011 10:10:08 PM

Alright sounds good, I'll try it when I get home. I'll have to let you know if it goes well. How about RAGE? Any ideas on why that runs so bad. I've never gotten over 25fps in that game no matter what settings I change.. not that there are that many to change..
December 13, 2011 10:13:21 PM

vedeyn said:
Alright sounds good, I'll try it when I get home. I'll have to let you know if it goes well. How about RAGE? Any ideas on why that runs so bad. I've never gotten over 25fps in that game no matter what settings I change.. not that there are that many to change..

If you are using current drivers and it is still doing that, try disabling a gpu and running it on one and see what happens. Sometimes these newer games especially lately have poor sli or xfire scaling until patches are released. Witcher 2 and crysis 2 were among those
December 13, 2011 10:16:18 PM

Yes I do have the newest drivers. Yeah maybe thats it, Crysis 2 didnt run all that well now that I think about it. I expected it to run much better than it did. Hmm looks like I have some messing around to do when I get home. I havent played crysis since it came out, did the DX11 patch fix SLI scaling?
December 13, 2011 10:47:33 PM

vedeyn said:
Yes I do have the newest drivers. Yeah maybe thats it, Crysis 2 didnt run all that well now that I think about it. I expected it to run much better than it did. Hmm looks like I have some messing around to do when I get home. I havent played crysis since it came out, did the DX11 patch fix SLI scaling?

the sli performance was supposedly increased and dx11+hi rez textures looks pretty sweet
December 17, 2011 1:31:05 AM

I tested out Metro and it still chugs. My computer cannot handle dx11 + ultra settings even with advanced dof off. It runs totally fine on dx10 ultra or dx11 high with advanced dof. Rage runs and looks great when i turn sli off. When sli is on on the game looks BAD beyond belief and runs at about 20 fps.
December 17, 2011 1:58:07 AM

Running an sli 460 setup you should have no chugs with either game you are having issues with. Have you monitored the gpu usage on both gpus?
December 17, 2011 2:04:37 AM

I will do that maybe in a bit. I think the problem with rage is that the game wasn't written all too welland suffers from consolitus. ill check the usages on metro though
December 17, 2011 2:32:12 AM

I just tested metro in the mission where you cross the bridge with bourbon, its pretty early in the game and not much is really going on visually.. gpu's were both at 98% almost at all times and i got 70fps on the high and i think 25 was my lowest. Thats actually much better than what I had experienced before in the metro station full of people but not a whole lot is going on in this mission. This was on dx11 very high, aaa, 4x AF, and no advanced dof. Hows that sound? Idk it really struggles in the first two stations, maybe its just those areas..
edit: I would test an outdoor map but i no longer have those saves, I lost my old saves a while back before i had a second 460 and i had a q9400 instead of my i5
December 17, 2011 3:12:51 AM

I also made it outdoors to the dead city. It hits lows of about 17 fps and had a high of 80 i think. It seems to be performing much better now that im out of the first part of the game... odd. But overall, besides the first mission on the railcar with the anomaly, its running more like i expected it to. The first like hour of the game though on very high + dx11 it really struggles
December 17, 2011 3:13:16 AM

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