I am looking for a graphics card that is going to be able to run Battlefield 3 at max settings. My budget is $200. I have 6 gigs DDR3 1600, AMD Phenom II x6 1055T ~2.8ghz. Any help you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Nope. I would personally go with a 560ti, they are a lil over 200. If you really want a card under 200, a msi 460 hawk would be good if you do not mind the overclocking. 6870 is another option if you don't mind ati. Don't forget to check if your psu can run these cards.
I think everyone is in error here. The recommended settings of BF3 is a 460/6850
recommended in no way suggests that it will max the game out like Viper wishes.
A single 560ti or 6870 may not be able to max the game out completely.
This is of course assuming the resolution he plans to play at but if he wants to run max I don't see one of those cards giving a fluent playable frame-rate at 1920x1080, 8xMSAA, 16xAF and with everything maxed out.
I don't think a $200 budget is realistic with his expectations.
(NOTE: these are projected because as yet EA/DICE haven't released the official requirements. This is based on information on the graphics engine, its optimisation and battlefield 2 bad company.)
Anyway it does mention a 6850 and gtx 460 as 'recommended' cards, but that does not mean they will give you the best performance. To be honest I'm a bit concerned if that would happen with my card. You may want to re-think your budget a little:
I am going to somewhat agree with Gumption's recommendation but suggest the 2GB version. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the price difference I simply don't see the point in going with the 1GB.
It's a 20 dollar difference when counting the shipping prices. Plus the 2GB version comes with a Dirt 3 free.
In the end its $70 over budget but I am much more confident that a 6950 2GB will be able to handle the game maxed out. I really don't see the game being maxed out on anything less. If this is out of your range then you are going to have to settle on a lesser card and not max the game out. If that is the case then any of the previously suggested cards will do fine.
I appreciate everyone who has responded. After reading the comments I think I'm going with NuclearShadow's recommendation of the 2GB version. I have never used a Radeon card some I'm some what hesitant. But this day in age I don't really think it will be "bad" but nVidia might be better. Thanks again for all the help.