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Is my system bottlenecking?

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January 27, 2012 10:11:54 AM

I build a system recently and i feel like its not up to its full potential. I would like everyones opinions.

I5 2500k. stock
4 GB G skill 1333
128 gb SSD Imation SATA I
Diamond 6970
ASUS P8P67 m pro
27" Monitor.

I get about low 50 FPS in BF3 at medium settings.
The gameplay is not perfect. It feels choppy.

My friend has I7 k.
OCz ssd 500mb read speed.
8 GB 2300 RAM
580 GTX
on his computer and it plays like butter.

please help me in finding out what is the problem. I want it to play perfect at medium or high settings.

Thanks everyone!

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January 27, 2012 10:30:32 AM

What resolutions are you both gaming at?

Your system is weaker then his (i5 is weaker then i7, 6970 is weaker then 580GTX, etc).
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January 27, 2012 11:20:28 AM

Your friends rig is more powerful than your rig, although if you get a better cooling solution than your friend, you could overclock your CPU, GPU and RAM, you might be on par with his rig then.
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January 27, 2012 11:28:39 AM

You're going to have a hard time matching his performance because the 580 is substantially more powerful than the 6970 (and priced accordingly). You do have a fairly high end rig though- you NEED to OC your processor. If you have the budget you could also consider getting another 6970 and 4GB additional RAM.
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January 27, 2012 11:40:46 AM

to get the full out of your rig overclocking is best solution

Also get latest drivers for your rig

you can easily overclock your rig more than 20% without any issue, which can increase fps 20-40% of current
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January 27, 2012 11:44:05 AM

Turn off MSAA.
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January 27, 2012 11:55:39 AM

^+1
You can turn off any unnecessary settings (as another way to improve fps)
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January 27, 2012 11:59:04 AM

BF3 is not a cpu intensive game so I wouldn't worry too much about overclocking the i5 (although you should anyway)

I would give oc'ing the 6970 a shot and for a graphically intense game like BF3 you may seriously want to consider a xfire set up. In addition I would go up to 8 gig ram which should help slightly.

Also, what resolution are you playing at?
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February 3, 2012 12:59:38 AM

To everyone,

So i tried my friends 580 the other day and noticed the difference. When i put back my 6970 in i saw it had a switch on top. I researched and found out it had to do with flashing the bios. I ended up switching it to the other side to see what would happen. Wouldnt you know it, it played about as good as the 580.

I just wanna thank everyone for your advice.
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