From what I can tell; your PC should be able to (in theory) play BF3 on Ultra, but that is only if you want like 10 fps.
I would recommend you play on high settings, then you could get around 30-40 fps.
You would need a better GPU to be able to run it smoothly on ultra for sure. Something like a 670, or a 7970 would yield much better results, at a much higher price naturally. Even a 7870 or a 570 would run significantly better than the 7770
The 6850 won't be able to handle ultra. Just to be clear what resolution will you be running at? I have a gtx 570 and thats about the minimum to run on Ultra. I run on a mix of ultra and high and maintain about 55 FPS. You may have to stretch your budget a little bit to run full on ultra.
you do realise it still looks really nice at low and medium, and its only the AA on ultra that really hurts FPS, so to the question regarding ultra the answer is often No, but to the answer question high-ultra the answer is far more often yes.
I can vouch that at 1920x1080 you need something beefy to run on Ultra. I previously has a GTX580 that I OCed pretty well and it would only play on High with only details set to Ultra with AA Deferred off. I currently have a GTX680 and that will play on Ultra with all settings turned on like AA Post, AA Deferred, Blur, HBAO, etc. I think a GTX670 would do it as well. So in my opinion if you are building, put as much as you can into a video card. I keep telling people to shoot for a GTX680 if at all possible. When the GTX660's come out, hopefully later this month, it will add another option.
Also, as 13thMonkey mentioned the game looks amazing regardless. The difference between High and Ultra really isn't that noticeable. Medium also looks very good. FAR better than any console. I think the console equivalent would be sub-low settings.
Just modified my cart on NewEgg again. I compromised on the video card but I had to lessen the processor to an AMD 6200 6-Core processor at about 140$ Other specs include:
- AMD 6200 @3.8ghz (oc'd is about anywhere from 4.1ghz to 4.4ghz)
- GTX 560 non ti
Could that run BF3 any better then my previous builds? By the way, I switched from an Ivy Bridge processor to the AMD one because 1 AMD is cheaper and 2 I heard Ivy Bridge processors had immense overheating issues.
make sure you get a psu and a motherboard that can handle two cards, then you can buy a second one in the future if you feel you would like more power, although it would be investing a bit more money for the initial build.
It does, ok so this was a build question? If you're just looking to run Bf3, ignore Hexit tomshardware itself has benchs up showing amd does fine if not better than intel on bf3.
Don't get the 560 either it's not worth the money. I'd either go amd, and go for the 7950, or gtx 670; otherwise grab an almost new gtx 580 off e-bay (most ar eunder warranty), pay with pay-pal so everything is protected.
A 580 will run on ultra 1080p forsure.
I also wouldn't go with a z68 mobo unless you do A LOT of vid encoding. Grab a p otherwise, a hyper 212 and oc away.
You can do the same with amd however for 1/2 the price but almost same perf.
Also a gtx 480 would be more than enough too, just make sure you don't need a lot of quiet, and have an alright psu.
If you're doing a new build on air, grab a silverstone raven btw. I like raven 3 cuz it's 130 at Directcanada, has dust filters, etc. (I have 2 they run fine).
It orients the mobo and stuff vertically so that there's no 'dead zones' and this is even more evident with dual gpus (I ran 7900gs sli for a while on an earlier one). The temp. dif. between the dif. cards becomes almost 0 compared to 10-20 plus on horizontal layout cases.