Best gamming card that can run on a 300watt PSU

I received BF3 for x-mas, i currently have a ATI 4650 grafix card in my system. the game runs like crap. the people at EA tell me its my grafix card. is there any upgrades that i can get that will make the game run better? good even? i have a 300 watt power supply i would prefer not to upgrade this if i don't have to.

Please help
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  1. Please tell the rest of your system specs, your resolution and budget. Anyway with the 300W psu you will be very limited.
  2. sorry,

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    System Manufacturer: Gateway
    System Model: DX4300
    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9750 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (4650)
    Video card memory: 1GB
    Monitor: 24" Samsung
    PSU: 300 watt

    if I am missing anything important please let me know

    price i would like to keep under 200, but the PSU is my real limiting factor cus if i have to replace that it cuts into the available funds for the card.
  3. $60 XFX Core Edition 650 ... ya won't find any other 9.5 performance rated OSU on jionnygru for that price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    $160 XFX 6870 (900Mhz)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    or if ya can swing another $55 .... Gigabyte 560 Ti 900Mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
  4. idk why people are suggesting stuff that won't run but ok

    on that psu you are looking at either the 6670 or the 5670 as MAX you can possibly buy.
  5. They will run with a new psu. The goal is to run BF3 as good as possible for 200 bucks, so . . . ?
  6. yes my goal is to run bf3 at the best performance level for under 200
  7. you'd need to upgrade the psu, probably cost $50 and then the best card you'd get for $150 would be the 6850.
  8. esrever said:
    idk why people are suggesting stuff that won't run but ok

    on that psu you are looking at either the 6670 or the 5670 as MAX you can possibly buy.


    I agree.

    If you are not going to upgrade the 300w PSU, then the Radeon HD 6670 is the best you can hope to use. Below is the potential performance you can obtain with that card and a Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition CPU. The graphics are maxed out using the Ultra Settings Profile so lowering the quality will improve performance, also this is for the single player campaign.



    Source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/battlefield-3_4.html#sect3
  9. Actually, BF3 is not very CPU dependent (at least in single player campaign) as can seen in the following chart. Unless of course your CPU is too slow that it would bottleneck the video card. However, the reviewer did mention that in multi-player mode the game becomes more CPU intensive at least during beta testing (before the games was released for retail sale).



    Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-14.html
  10. Radeon=> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-8.html

    Nvidia=> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-3.html

    These charts are on high which is more than enough for this game to look awesome.
    Just remember to set AA to 0. :)

    I agree that the best solution will be new PSU (OCZ 500W from above) and new Card.
    Ati => 6850 and up
    Nvidia => 460 and up
  11. with current psu ( as long as it has enough amps to run the card): radeon hd 6670.
    with upgraded (500+ watts) psu: radeon hd 6850, 6870, gtx 560, 560 ti.
    also oc your cpu with a good cooler if it bottlenecks your gfx card.
  12. ^^^

    It's most likely a brand name PC like Dell or HP so overclocking the CPU is out of the question.
  13. jaguarskx said:
    ^^^

    It's most likely a brand name PC like Dell or HP so overclocking the CPU is out of the question.

    you are right. i missed the 'gateway dx4300' part.
    i figured if the older 2.4 ghz phenom would bottleneck cards like 6870 and 560ti, he might benefit from overclocking. looks like that will not be possible.
  14. The 6770 is cheaper and would be a good match, a cheaper corsair 430 watt would work fine too.
  15. I don't believe in replacing a cheap power supply with another cheap power supply. Having said that.......... PS' may be proprietary and "any old" power supply you buy might not fit. you need to watch what you are doing if you go that route.
  16. I Just love it when you get a 'present' which forces you to dish out cash for an upgrade :)

    That being said, you HAVE to upgrade your PSU my friend. I stand by robjordy's suggestions.
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