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BF3 with Gtx560Ti

Ok, so I got a GTX560Ti and I wanted to play BF3 with it. When I first got the game I was able to play High settings with smooth framerate. I took a break from the game and when I came back there was a new patch and after I installed it I could only get medium settings and sometimes even low settings with smooth framerate. I don't think it's the GPU, I think it's my CPU. My CPU is a Core 2 Quad Q8300 @2.5GHz which is older so I think it might be having trouble with the game. Can you guys confirm that this game is CPU intensive? If I need to replace my CPU then I'll also need to replace my mobo and my RAM too (because of different CPU sockets and new mobos have DDR3), would you guys have suggestions for all three around $300? Also The motherboard I have right now I think is mATX so my case probably would be mATX too. This means if I got an ATX motherboard (which has more options) I'd have to get a new case. It's a Dell Studio 540 that I put my GPU in if that helps any. I don't have a lot of money so budget stuff is what I need... Thanks.
List of components (that I know of)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Core 2 Quad Q8300 @2.5GHz
Dell ST2010 1600 x 900p Monitor
0M017G Dell OEM Motherboard
4096 MB Usable RAM (DDR2)
Slot DIMM1 has 2048 MB (serial 79E796C8)
Slot DIMM3 is Empty
Slot DiMM3 has 2048 MB (serial 79E79710)
Slot DIMM4 is Empty
N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC'd at
1.025 mV Core Voltage (1025 in MSI Afterburner)
Core Clock 950 MHz
Shader Clock 1900 MHz
Memory Clock 4400 MHz
1024 MB of GDDR5 Memory
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  1. Yes, is is CPU intensive, but, it shouldn't really effect your graphics settings. If you where getting good FPS, and now bad, roll back to the older drivers.
  2. Ok, sounds good. But should I still consider a CPU upgrade? Also if I were to replace the motherboard could I install win7 using the install disk I received when I originally got the dell? Or would I have to buy a new copy and install it instead? (Win7 was preinstalled)
  3. Anonymous said:
    Ok, sounds good. But should I still consider a CPU upgrade? Also if I were to replace the motherboard could I install win7 using the install disk I received when I originally got the dell? Or would I have to buy a new copy and install it instead? (Win7 was preinstalled)

    There should be an installation key on the back of the machine. Use the disk you got, and they install key.
  4. Mkay, I'm not very experienced with computers so do you think I should take the stuff to a computer repair place? Wouldn't want to break something and make my parents mad :P
  5. the game is very cpu taxing. it used 2 cores for single player and uses atleast 4 cores online. its been shown that overclocking up to 4.0 ghz on a Sb cpu will improve FPS so you are loosing a lot.

    300 isnt enough for a sandy bridge upgrade. you would need more like 350 for an i5 which i wouldnt get anything less then that.
  6. I5-2500 is only 190.00 so idk what you're talking about. Here, give me your list of what you reccommend as long as its below $500. I'm only 13 so money is kind of hard to come by D:
  7. I recommend the Maximus IV Gene-Z with a 2500k. Memory speed doesn't affect the performance that much.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759 - Maximus IV Gene-Z
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310 - G. SKILL 4GB

    The mobo is mATX and you really only need 4GB right now and you can upgrade later when you need to.
    If you can't afford this awesome mobo, you can get these options:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115091 - i5 2320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130569 - MSI H67 mobo

    Take note that you can't OC the CPU with this rig but you can play BF3 no problem with a 560 Ti. But Ivy Bridge is coming out in March sometime in 2012 so if you can, I would wait for that.
  8. Hm looks good except I don't plan to OC the CPU, so would a regular non k i5-2500 be good?
  9. Yup a regular i5 2500 will be great with the H67 mobo if you don't plan to OC.
  10. Best answer
    you can get a non K i5 but id really suggest getting a z68 motherboard. the advantage of them is that you can still overclock a non K cpu 4 bins past the max turbo speed and if you have a gpu that fails you can use integrated graphics while you get a new graphics card.

    the reason for 350 dollars is you cant get a z68 mobo for less then 90 dollars so you add 200ish for the cpu and 40ish for the ram and you have about 350 after taxes
  11. I think maybe I'll save up a little more money for the first board because it has a few more features! Would that be good with say a CM690 Case? If so Ill order the case now and I'll get the board, RAM, and Cpu for my birthday next year.
  12. What's your recommended z68?
  13. haha thats the exact board that gets recommended alot here and the one that id recommend.
  14. cbrunnem said:
    haha thats the exact board that gets recommended alot here and the one that id recommend.

    Lol cool! What do you think of this case?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216
  15. looks solid to me.
  16. Thanks for your input :)
  17. Best answer selected by iTryHard.
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