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Asus P5n32e-SLI Upgrade Recommendations (Tired of getting Owned)

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August 16, 2012 7:10:48 PM

Goal: Better performance playing BF3 (tired of getting owned)

I have done all the BF3 tweaks I can find, and I am just bottlenecked by my rig. Averaging around 40 FPS on low settings, but depending on the map/scenario FPS can plunge much lower at times. Lagging or stuttering, especially when confronted by an enemy at close range. Enemy almost always (sees me) beats me to the punch.

I think my CPU is what is really hurting me, then my ram, then my GPU?

Here are my specs:

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
CPU Type - DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Overclocked to 3 GHz
Memory - Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400C4 DDR2-800 (400 MHz) 2 Gigs (Bought 4 but MOBO per Corsair has trouble recognizing all 4)
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 (BFG OCFU) (1024 MB) (Fan Speed Maxed Out)
Sound Card - SB X-Fi Fatality XtremeGamer Sound Card
Monitor - ASUS VE248H 1920 x 1080 (Tried lower resolution for better performance, but did not see any.)
Power Supply - FSP Group FX700-GLN 700W ATX12V
Case - CHENMING 601AW-F-0 Beige 1.0mm SECC ATX Mid


Do I stay with the same MOBO, and try upgrading my CPU, Ram (or get new RAM that I can max out my MOBO), and/or GPU? This choice does not seem cost effective nor a good investment. For example, if I was to go the SLI route, I know GTX 285’s are selling around 2 hundred dollars on eBay (ouch).


Or, is it possible to spend 2/3 (maybe 4) hundred dollars to get a new MOBO/GPU/CPU to tide me over for 4/6 plus months? In turn, I could sell my old parts to make up some of the difference (hopefully).

I am of course contemplating just waiting and save my cash for a new fresh build, but this, financially right now, does not seem reasonable (until I get a new credit card hehe). I have been saving up for a new rig, but life seems to happen, and drains my “New Rig Fund”.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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August 17, 2012 12:57:28 PM

If you can spare 400$ or so you can get a pretty good system including motherboard,CPU,GPU and RAM. Something like a 2500k+6870 plus RAM and motherboard will get you at least high settings on pretty much every map
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August 22, 2012 4:05:48 PM

That is basically what I just ordered. i5-3570K (on sale cheaper than the 2500K). Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MOBO. Gskiss Sniper ram (on sale as well). All for 410 dollars with 30 dollars in Newegg gift cards for later.

From my research, the gtx 285 is still an "OK" card unless I am going to jump to the 570 range. Looking to grab another cheap 285 on ebay for SLI.

Does anyone have a GTX 285 1gb sitting around that I can buy. Please let me know. Serious buyer here.......
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