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
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!
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
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.
I'm gonna go with these for my upgrade. About $300, That's less than I had originally figured. 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.