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BF3 Official Specs! And a computer that will run it?

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September 20, 2011 10:25:09 PM

So, the official specifications of Battlefield: 3 have been released and the open beta is due out the 29th of September. Here they are:


Minimum System Requirements

OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Recommended System Requirements

OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE


Now knowing that, what would be a nice efficient system to run it at high/ultra settings without breaking the bank?

How does everyone feel about a GTX 560 ti and its performance?
September 20, 2011 10:58:39 PM

hahaha, holy crap! 8800gt is now a MINIMUM! So if you have a gt240/gt440/HD5570 or lower dont expect to play it even on low settings i guess.....
Oh, and vista is now a REQUIREMENT, with a DX10 card? Wonder if you can run the game in dx9 mode for a performance boost, dx10 is totally gay and not worth the FPS drop. Time for an upgrade everyone! Would be good to see some real world benchies though, minimum specs often dont run games well at all.
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September 20, 2011 11:09:46 PM

Yeah, I agree. This game has def taken a step up in terms of spec requirements.

I'm going to be using a GTX 560 ti, and I'm hoping that runs near to max since the recommended is a GTX 560 =X
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September 20, 2011 11:21:52 PM

good luck my friend, i think i might wait and see if they release a bf3 edition gpu or something...
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September 20, 2011 11:24:59 PM

Hm, do they do things like that often? If the single 560 ti doesn't work then I'm going to be using 2 in SLI. So it should work.
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September 21, 2011 1:04:46 AM

eagleblueline said:
So, the official specifications of Battlefield: 3 have been released and the open beta is due out the 29th of September. Here they are:


Minimum System Requirements

OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Recommended System Requirements

OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE


Now knowing that, what would be a nice efficient system to run it at high/ultra settings without breaking the bank?

How does everyone feel about a GTX 560 ti and its performance?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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September 21, 2011 1:50:35 AM

@Hiya

I'm not asking for a build for myself, was just putting out the information and maybe someone might throw something together =) Just sharing.
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September 21, 2011 2:35:54 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
hahaha, holy crap! 8800gt is now a MINIMUM! So if you have a gt240/gt440/HD5570 or lower dont expect to play it even on low settings i guess.....
Oh, and vista is now a REQUIREMENT, with a DX10 card? Wonder if you can run the game in dx9 mode for a performance boost, dx10 is totally gay and not worth the FPS drop. Time for an upgrade everyone! Would be good to see some real world benchies though, minimum specs often dont run games well at all.



They had said, quite a few months back, Windows XP and DirectX 9 weren't going to be supported.

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/14494-battlefield-3-leavi...
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September 21, 2011 3:09:16 AM

Just so that all of you know, DICE tweeted that in order to max BF3 you need SLI 580s. Something to think about for all the entheusiasts (myself included) out there.

A build I would recommend to run it on med-high, 1080p, 40FPS:

GPU: Radeon 6950. Can OC to a 6970, which makes it a better bang for the buck than the 560 ti. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5 2500k. No need to explain. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... If you're on a budget, I would suggest waiting a month or two for bulldozer, which may be cheaper, yet similar power.

650w PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P8P67. CONSIDER that it doesn't support SLI/XFire... but this is a budget build, people! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB G.Skill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case and everything else is by preference or unnecessary.

Total ($50 case, no extras, assuming you already have Win 7): ~$750 That's some serious bang-for-the-buck.
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September 21, 2011 10:34:30 AM

I built my PC for the ultra :D 
Ive got the Gigabyte GA X58A UDR3 mobo
I7 960 stock 32.GHZ 8MB Cache
16 GB 1600MHZ
2 580 EVGA SC Edition
WIN7 64
1000W Thortech Thunderbolt
cost me around 2000$+


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September 21, 2011 2:58:38 PM

AhnonaMoOse said:
I built my PC for the ultra :D 
Ive got the Gigabyte GA X58A UDR3 mobo
I7 960 stock 32.GHZ 8MB Cache
16 GB 1600MHZ
2 580 EVGA SC Edition
WIN7 64
1000W Thortech Thunderbolt
cost me around 2000$+


Was that recent? I would've gone for at least a 3-way SLI board :) 


It sounds like my 2x6950 2GB should do the job nicely. It sounds like games are starting to take advantage of hardware for once ;) 
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