So I'm new to the whole PC gaming world. Just built my first PC, and got Far Cry 3 with my GPU.
The only problem is, is when I turn on AA (4x), small boxes appear in the middle of the screen, usually on foliage. The game looks pretty decent otherwise. I'm running a Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2 GB card (I don't know what other specs I would need to tell).
It will start happening more frequently as time goes by. Far Cry 3 was just using up the memory other games didn't reach. I'm telling you - that screen distortion is the fault of a dying graphics card. It's better to change it sooner than later.
I'm gonna go ahead and trust the better grammar... If anything, I wait maybe 2 weeks and have a fresh new card. No expense by me. And this isn't performance. My game performance is top-notch, and this is the only thing wrong, but only when I turn on Anti-aliasing.
Should I contact the seller (Newegg) or the company (Sapphire) about replacing it?
No! As you say, it's only in Far Cry 3.
I experience such boxes too sometimes, and I got FXAA enabled on my GTX 660. it's because the landscape is rendering slow sometimes. Radeon 7870 isn't a good enough GPU to have 4xMSAA running at ultra quality, your GPU is struggling to it's last. Just look at the benchmarks.
if you arent using the latest drivers(both amd and nvidia) that is easily the reason why you may have problems. both companies issued beta driver updates specifically for Far Cry 3
Yup, the drivers fixed everything. Ultra at 4x AA runs fairly smooth. Very playable.
However, I had to physically go search for the drivers, because the driver updater didn't get them. I'm new to the whole PC thing, and I'm used to my consoles updating automatically when they get patches and whatnot.