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January 2, 2012 3:59:26 PM

Hey guys,

I built this computer back in 2008 and I haven't really used it since 09. However, I bought the Old Republic MMORPG and Battlefield 3 for PC and I'm finding out that my computer isn't up to date anymore!

I was hoping someone can give some advice on what to upgrade to get the Old Republic, Skyrim (possibly) and Battlefield 3 on the highest settings without breaking the bank. I was looking on my own and it seems I can get a graphics card for about 90 bucks which should run it all on the highest which is great but I wouldn't mind upgrading something else either.

My budget is around $150.00 but it all depends. Please let me know what you think! New processor? Memory? Graphics only?

Thanks a lot for any help!

Vista Prem 64 Bit
E8400 @3.1
Asus Rampage Formula
Power Cooler Ati 4870
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Corsair 750TX Power Suppy





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January 2, 2012 4:45:06 PM

Your not going to get much for $150 but I would suggest upgrading your graphics card, that will give you the biggest increase in performance.
4GB of RAM is fine for gaming and evan though your CPU is dual core, TOR and BF3 play fairly well on 2 cores.

I would suggest a 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 2, 2012 6:57:53 PM

+1 He is right not much out there for a 150.00 that will allow you to play the games you want. Good luck to ya
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January 2, 2012 7:55:14 PM

If you can squeeze up to 200 dollars, that starts to inch you into the radeon 6950 and gtx 560ti ballparks, which are pretty much the entry point for a mix of high-ultra settings in BF3 at the moment.

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January 3, 2012 11:42:33 AM
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casualcolors said:
If you can squeeze up to 200 dollars, that starts to inch you into the radeon 6950 and gtx 560ti ballparks, which are pretty much the entry point for a mix of high-ultra settings in BF3 at the moment.


Spending an extra $60 and getting a 560Ti would be money well spent.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you cant go any higher than $150 then a 6870 is the way to go.
January 3, 2012 7:14:01 PM

Thanks for the reply guys. I have to disagree with most of you though. For 95 bucks, I can get a 6770 which according to all the reviews can play ever game out there on highest settings with 60+FPS. Including Skyrim.

January 3, 2012 7:15:09 PM

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January 3, 2012 7:16:42 PM

bmwm3oz said:
Thanks for the reply guys. I have to disagree with most of you though. For 95 bucks, I can get a 6770 which according to all the reviews can play ever game out there on highest settings with 60+FPS. Including Skyrim.


Only at reduced settings and resolution heh.
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