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Need help upgrading video card - is my PC a bottlneck?>

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August 30, 2011 6:19:04 PM

What I really want to know is if the best graphics card out there will work with my system. Or would I have to update certain parts? If so which parts would I have to update?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 2, 2011
BUDGET RANGE: No Budget

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming = Battlefield 3, as well as Diablo 3 and most recent graphic intensive games.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI RADEON 4870 512MB
Powersupply = Corsair 650 WATT

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU Type: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz
CPU Speed: 3.19 GHz
System Memory: 4 GB DDR2
Case: antec 900
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any canadian website.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Any

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to know if my current PC is a bottleneck and should be upgraded. Will I benefit from the best gfx card out there?

Thanks.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 6:38:01 PM

BF3 is very taxing even on a quad core so I doubt even if you O.C.'d your dual core that it would be able to keep up.Your gonna have to buy a new CPU.Of course that also means you need a new mobo and new RAM to go with it.

Your PSU is fine but your going to need a new graphics card.Espically if you want to take advantage of BF3's DX11.

Are you not buying anything or do you just not have a set budget(sky's the limit?)?
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August 30, 2011 7:43:21 PM

Ah, yes I am purchasing, just wasnt sure if I would have to upgrade full pc. I guess I should now. My budget will be $2500.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 7:46:14 PM

With a budget like that you should have no problem maxing these and any other games out for the next 2 years.
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August 30, 2011 7:58:57 PM

i would say upgrade the CPU... get a quad core. i have dual xfx 6950 2gb cards and they run great.

$2500 would be overkill. $1200-1600 you should be set with a beast. (for just the tower and nothing else)
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