Upgrade advice


- Thermaltake Purepower 600.
- MSI P43-C51 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
- 4gb DDR3 1333 / PC3 10666
- Radeon 4770

Looking to upgrade to be able to play BF3. I'm on on the fence about how much I want to spend in a $300-700 range. Will upgrading the video card alone allow me to achieve a good frame rate on high settings? Any advice and product suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Even if you upgrade the motherboard the CPU/RAM/Motherboard will still be a huge bottleneck. If you have $700 as the threshold I'd suggest this:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $29.99
    RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99

    Total: $711.81
  2. I would go with a GTX 570 or HD 6970 and then upgrade your CPU/mobo/RAM later if you are not happy. The GPU is your biggest bottleneck at the moment.
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