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New Graphic Card for my Computer

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September 26, 2011 5:04:51 AM

So i have a dell inspiron 530
My computer specs are:

Radeon 2600 xt
Intel Core 2 Quad q6600 2.4ghz
3 GB of Ram
500w Antec Earthwatt
Max Resolution 1680x1050

I'm planning on upgrading for battlefield 3. I don't have the money to buy anything else but the graphic card at this point. I want to get the MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC Video Card but I'm afraid that my computer wont handle it. What do you guys think?

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a c 173 U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 5:33:00 AM

it should run ok, but your cpu will be the bottleneck. I would try overclocking the CPU if your bios has the option.
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 6:31:45 AM

as Im2thcrowe said, the Video card is holding you back atm,

after the 560 is in there it should run well,
Overclocking your Q6600 would get more out of the system (they overclock quite well)

The next thing would be Motherboard, CPU & Ram (quite expensive upgrade)

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October 4, 2011 12:51:41 AM

Thanks guys.. Even on a huge map like caspian border my computer will be able to handle it? Like the flickering on the ground and such?
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a c 299 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 2:37:30 AM

There's no way even an old quad core processor is going to be much of a 'bottleneck' problem with a 560. Folks are blowing this CPU 'bottleneck' stuff way out of proportion. The system probably has a 800MHZ FSB and DDR2 RAM. That may be an issue, but adding the 560 will be such an improvement, he won't notice it. If the 500W PSU is a quality PSU that actually can produce the power, he'll be fine.
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October 4, 2011 2:51:26 AM

Wait so ill be fine then? What do you mean i wont notice it???
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a c 299 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 3:04:39 AM

Joebird said:
Wait so ill be fine then? What do you mean i wont notice it???


You won't notice any possible 'bottleneck'. All I'm sayin' is with your quad core and a GTX 560 at 1680x1050, you will be able to game at max or near max settings and get very good frame rates. The game's own recommended (not minimum) specs for BF3 verify that:

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD ROM Drive
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October 4, 2011 3:06:28 AM

Okay now im really comfortable with the gpu i got. I was kind of starting to worry about it and all this bottlenecking stuff. Thanks!!
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a c 299 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 3:14:50 AM

Joebird said:
Okay now im really comfortable with the gpu i got. I was kind of starting to worry about it and all this bottlenecking stuff. Thanks!!


Your welcome. If you have even a fairly up to date machine, remember... gaming is all about the graphics card. Enjoy.
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