I Could Use Some Advice Upgrading for BF3

Hi all! New to the forums but i visit often. There is a great wealth of information here. I always come here to research or to find answers ( I've just never posted before ).
OK, so I would like to upgrade my system for BF3, go figure, huh? Here is some sys info:

- Operating System

Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.110622-1503)
Language : English (Regional Setting: English)
BIOS : Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor : AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory : 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory : 2048MB RAM
Page File : 1624MB used, 2470MB available
DirectX Version : DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters : Not found
User DPI Setting : Using System DPI
System DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling : Disabled
DxDiag Version : 6.01.7600.16385

- Processor

Caption : AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor x4 ~2334MHz
Current Clock Speed : 2334MHz

- Video Adapter

Card Name : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Manufacturer : NVIDIA
Chip Type : GeForce 9600 GT
DAC Type : Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key : Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0622&SUBSYS_C8623842&REV_A1
Display Memory : 1267 MB
AdapterRAM : 512.00 MB
Current Mode : 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name : Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name : nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver Version : 8.17.0012.8026
Driver Language : English
DDI Version : 10
Driver Model : WDDM 1.1
Driver Beta : False
Driver Debug : False
Driver Date : 8/3/2011 07:50:00

- Memory - Corsair XMSII DDR2 800MHz

Total Memory : 2.00 GB
Free Memory : 952.79 MB
Total Pagefile : 4.00 GB
Free Pagefile : 2.40 GB

Bank Label : Bank0/1
Speed : 800 MHz
Total Width : 64 Bits
Capacity : 1.00 GB

Bank Label : Bank2/3
Speed : 800 MHz
Total Width : 64 Bits
Capacity : 1.00 GB


Cooler Master 750 watts

I'm on a crazy tight budget, so every penny counts. For a CPU, I was considering an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 gig. For graphics, either a single 560 Ti or two 460 cards in SLI config ( I can do about $250 to $300 for graphics ). Finally, I figure 8gigs of memory, DDR2 800MHz, cause I think thats the best my mobo will support. I was thinking the xtra 4 gigs might make up for the slower clock speed. And I'd also install Win7 in 64 bit. I have every intention of building a new machine in the future, but don't have the funds atm. BF3 is out now and I wanna play now, lol!

Thanx for your help =)
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  1. Best answer
    just to let you know, BF3 is heavy on the graphics, not so much CPU.. Tomshardware did a sweet review on how the CPU has nearly no effect on FPS,3063-13.html

    So, if you want to upgrade for BF3 and play well. you could, technically, just upgrade your graphics and i'm sure it would work just fine..

    I have a q9500 in my wifes machine and i overclocked my 8800GT and it actually plays bf3 averaging about 35fps.... it will dip sometimes in the heavy battles but all in all it plays fair..

    i would buy an extra 2GB stick of RAM.. 4 should be enough.. I wouldnt spend all my hard earn money that much on upgrading your system. I would just get buy with the 560ti and 2GB stick and then save my money for a new Mobo/processor later next year ;)
  2. Good to know, thanks for the info. I was afraid that I would have some big bottleneck on the CPU end of things... In all reality I'd be fine running the game at around an avg of 40 fps, just to be able to play on high for now.
  3. Yup! That 560ti will work great for ya.. it's got plenty of juice for any game today and near future..

    Just upgrade your RAM and Video card today, and later. get an i7-2600k and mobo and you will be set!
  4. Get windows 7 64 bit, much faster, and much better :)
  5. nadim615 said:
    Get windows 7 64 bit, much faster, and much better :)

    I thought you could use 32 bit up to 4 gigs of memory with Win7. Anything over 4 needed 64 bit. Is it better for running newer programs and games?
  6. With 32bit, it's really about 3.5GB you see. And yeah, 64bit does run a little smoother on some things..

    If you're tight on money, i wouldnt worry about it too much.. Wait till you upgrade your processor and mobo before needing to upgrade your OS
  7. Best answer selected by Boggus77.

    I'm gonna go with these for my upgrade. About $300, That's less than I had originally figured. :wahoo: I've already got 64 bit Win7, I just need to install it.
    The clock on the MSI card is 950MHz!!! I read a review on guru3D that they were able to OC it to 1gig, lol. I don't think I'll push it that far, but it's nice to know it's capable.
    Thanks again!
  9. keep in mind.. that GPU is gonna heat up quite a bit..

    Some reason.. the ti's tend to do that, let alone an OC"d Ti. make sure you got good airflow :)
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