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BF3 Graphics Card Upgrade

Hey guys I am looking to upgrade my graphics card for the ability to play BF3 with decent resolution (1680x1050 or in that area)
I plan to run a single card because if I run 2 I will need more of a psu.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Xmas
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and surfing
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GeForce 9800GT 512MB with a Thermaltake blackwidow 550W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I5 2500K 3.3ghz, GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P, 4gig G.Skill Ripjaw 1600, CoolerMaster 212+ CPU cooler,Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 with 2intake 120mm's and 3 exhaust 140mm. (Acer monitor that runs 1440x900 but will be upgrading)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or amazon
OVERCLOCKING: yes a little nothing serious.
ADDitional...I would like to stay with reliable companies.

Ok now that we got that out of the way. Will the 9800GT be able to run BF3? If so I'm thinking not really well. Would a newer GPU in the $160 range really improve quality that much? If so what card would you go with?

Please answer all questions if you know...thanks in advance!
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  1. according to a friend who has the 9800gt, it is playable at that res with low settings. It's not ideal, but if you were a nut you would play it. A single 6850 @ $140 will handle this game at your res, with the settings turned up pretty high. Toms has an article on the performance of various cards here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063.html
  2. oh BTW, you could run 2 x 6850's on the PSU.
  3. Festerovic that's great to hear. How can you tell if the 550w psu will run 2x 6850's? Also, which would be better?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353
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    I know it can run on 550 watt because I did it :) I upgraded to 750w though, because I wanted a better PSU then the 550 watt that came in the case.

    RE: those cards, well, the 6870 is better out of the box. Now if you overclock, the difference blurs. But both of them hit the same overclock limits, since they use the same chips. Only the stream count is different. I have the asus 6850, and it clocks well past the stock 6870. I outperformed it benchmark-wise every time, getting up to 960mhz core, and 1150mhz out of the memory. So to recap- if you OC, the 6850 (may be) better, and if you don't the 6870 is the winner. Price is king to me, so that made it an easy decision.

    Also note reference design for the 6850 and 6870 is for 1x PCIe power connector, although almost all the boards I've seen use 2 PCI connectors.
  5. Thanks so much festerovic.

    Anyone else think the 6850 is the best thing going for that price range or is there a better card?
  6. I guess the 6850 gets it unless someone else has a better card in mind.
  7. Best answer selected by BigFish1010.
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