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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.