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What gpu should i buy for my cpu and bf3?

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November 19, 2011 10:09:05 AM

Hello, i still own an intel core 2 duo e6600 processor but i overclocked it to 3.4ghz.
I wanted to jump on the 2011 train but seeing the prices of the sandy bridge e processors i decided im going to wait for ivy bridge.
I would like to play battlefield 3 as high as possible with my current cpu. What gpu should i buy? without bottlenecking it too much.
my current gpu is a xfx gtx 260 black edition.

budget: 350 euro
edit: psu: hx 620 corsair
edit: i play games @ 1920*1200

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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 10:43:51 AM

Check this review, choose something in your budget and go with it. 472 Euro is a lot of video card here in the states. AMD 6970 2GB will be low to mid $300. A GFX 580 will be about $100 more.
640W Corsair should be able to handle either.
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November 19, 2011 10:47:30 AM

i would like to get a gtx 570 but i think there will be a huge bottleneck :s
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a c 223 U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 10:53:20 AM

I agree. You'll probably be pushing it with a highest end midrange card. I'd look to get a 6870 or GTX560. You can get a GTX560TI or 6950 if you want. I would if you'll be getting a new setup within the next few months.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 11:15:06 AM

Do NOT get a GTX 560....not that there's any problem with them but they are more like a 460. I have 460's and have a 260 core 216. 460 was a step up but I still wouldnt try BF3 with it.
So? It bottlenecks. At least he has 2 cores.
New video cards coming within months, so current prices will probably drop, but that's months from now.
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November 19, 2011 11:24:44 AM

i can play battlefield with my rig but only at low settings getting 45 fps
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November 19, 2011 11:26:12 AM

@DelroyMonjo
are you suggesting i get a 460?
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a c 206 U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 11:33:30 AM

Just get an HD6870 or HD6950, it won't bottleneck too much in BF3.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 11:42:20 AM

I'd say spend quite a bit on the graphics card, maybe a GTX 570 or HD6970. Sure there will be a bit of a bottleneck, but when you get a new processor you'll get a performance bump and you'll be ready to go
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November 19, 2011 12:47:29 PM

I would also recommend a HD6870, its about the best bang for the buck right now and runs battlefield well for me on high settings. I have a 2500k though.

If you are planning on upgrading with Ivy Bridge you may not want to get a premium card of the current generation, a 6870 makes sense for you because the new cards will be out before Ivy Bridge and you can get one of those then to pair with your Ivy. I feel a GTX580 is overpriced and wouldn't recommend one for your situation now.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 4:35:26 PM

jjtober1 said:
I would also recommend a HD6870, its about the best bang for the buck right now and runs battlefield well for me on high settings. I have a 2500k though.

If you are planning on upgrading with Ivy Bridge you may not want to get a premium card of the current generation, a 6870 makes sense for you because the new cards will be out before Ivy Bridge and you can get one of those then to pair with your Ivy. I feel a GTX580 is overpriced and wouldn't recommend one for your situation now.


I forgot that it's that time of year when the new ranges come out. So ignore what I said in my last post jjtober1 is right
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 4:51:33 PM

No, I'm not suggesting you get a 460. I stated I wouldn't try running BF3 with it nor a 560 as they are virtually the same card. Sorry if I wasn't clear. 6870 is you cheapest alternative for BF3. They are under $200USD, a comparable Nvidia card will cost $230-$260 USD
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 4:52:43 PM

batoshi said:
i would like to get a gtx 570 but i think there will be a huge bottleneck :s


Bottlenecking doesn't mean that your PC would explode or something.
You sure CAN buy the GTX 570, you just won't be able to use ALL its power, but will be considerable faster than your GTX 260 anyways.

So, when you upgrade the CPU you will unleash the gtx 570 hidden power
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 4:57:03 PM

What vitornob said. $320-$350 USD for a 570
Your choice
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 5:00:36 PM

Don't worry about bottlenecking, it may occur on a very limited basis, but a 570 would be a great match for you, and well within your budget.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 5:02:20 PM

BTW, I not saying that you MUST buy the GTX 570, just saying to not get afraid of getting a powerful card (Nvidia, AMD, or whatever you might find), since you can unleash their power with a future cpu upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 5:21:51 PM

Go for GTX560TI, GTX570 or HD6950 or Hd6970. When you get you new Ivy set-up if you find you are still wanting, get another card for xfire or SLI.
-Bruce
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a c 223 U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 6:19:24 PM

Only problem with that vitor is he's locked up money in a card he didn't need. If he buys a $300 card now, and doesn't upgrade in a year, he could have bought a $150 card now and got the same level of performance. In a years time he could spend that $150+ on a new card, and get much better then GTX570 performance. It makes sense to do what you suggest if your upgrading soon, but the longer you wait, the worse the idea becomes. With parts getting cheaper and faster all the time you don't want to do this for long.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 6:25:55 PM

He will be fine with a 570 on his rig for now , and he can upgrade his cpu at a later date. I'm running 2 x 560ti's in SLI for BF3 on a dual core. I'm not even sure BF3 usues more than 2 cores, correct me if I'm wrong.
Sure I'm not using all the power out of my gpus but BF3 does need as much horsepower you can throw at it to run it at optimal settings. I just wish I bought the 2 gig 560ti model now cos it would of performed even better with the extra vram.
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November 19, 2011 11:40:44 PM

thx alot for all the replies. vitornob has a good point. but the fact that im putting money in a card that i cant use for 100% does not make me happy :p . because i could have saved money buying a cheaper card. while having the same performance.
ill think about it.
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