I decided to replace my Zotac Nvidia 8800 OC GT because I wanted DirectX 11 support. Also, I was ONLY getting 30 FPS in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) on the Medium setting. So I did some research on Tomshardware and discovered that an ATI 5850 GPU would be the best bang for my buck.
I was very hesitant to purchase an ATI card because I've never had a problem with Nvidia plus my motherboard is Nvidia...
Anyways, I installed the Powercolor 5850, and yes, also plugged in the two PCI-E connectors. I then installed the newest Catalyst 10.3 drivers. I used FRAPS to monitor my FPS while playing BFBC2.
Main problem: BFBC2 can be on any setting for example: 1920x1080 with everything maxed and I get an adverage of 35-38 FPS while playing. I can also put it on the lowest setting, example: 1024x1068 and all settings on low and I still get 30-38FPS! WTF!
This is a brand new Windows install so I don't have a virus or anything like that.
Is this card defective? I'll be testing it in my bros PC on 4/8/2010 however, he has a dragon setup with a quad core.
I believe the problem may be my CPU but I'm not sure... Can anyone help me out?
True but that doesn't explain, WORSE performance than his previous card.
He was playing in dx10 or dx9 , but definitely not dx11 which he's doing with the 5850.
And 30 is not the same as 38
edit: Why not try playing in dx 10- not sure how to force that at the moment, I'm sure there is a way.
Was the fresh install before or after you replaced your GPU?
Actually both. I had the Nvidia GPU installed originally with Nvidia drivers. I uninstalled the Nvidia GPU and divers then installed the ATI GPU and 10.3 drivers. I was getting bad performance and thought it was a driver conflict issue so, I did a fresh install. The fresh install with only the ATI GPU and fresh 10.3 drivers.
Man, I can't afford a new CPU! I have AM2 board which means I'll have to do a rebuild and go with AM3 mobo, cpu, and DDR3 ram!
Sadly the Asus BIOS does not support newer processors, but according to AMW1011 it can work. If you are afraid to flash you BIOS or you can just get new stuff. I would flash your BIOS and upgrade you processor. If you don't want to you could get a new athlon II x4 and a mobo that supports ddr2 memory most likely an older am2+ board or you can just get new ddr3 memory. The first option comes in around $200 depending on the mobo. The second option comes to around $300 depending on the mobo and memory you pick
Thanks for all the help everyone. I've spoke to Newegg and they have agreed to wave the restocking fee on the 5850, if... I do a rebuild on my system.
So, I have approximately $430.00 to spend on an AM3 setup. I would like to do a Dragon setup if possible. I don't really care to do Crossfire setup or have 2x PCI-E slots on the mobo, 1x PCI-E would be fine.
What I need:
Note about Mobo: I really like ASUS b/c Express Gate technology, USB 3.0 would be sweet, must be expandable to 16gb RAM. If you find a cheaper better brand feel free to post it. MUST HAVE OPTICAL OUT.
A quad core AM3 processor
ATI GPU possibly 5770
Can you guys suggest a build based on a $430.00 budget that will play BFBC2 at 50-80FPS? Finally, all components must be found at Newegg.com