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Best gamming card that can run on a 300watt PSU

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December 28, 2011 9:56:32 PM

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.

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a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 9:59:27 PM

Please tell the rest of your system specs, your resolution and budget. Anyway with the 300W psu you will be very limited.
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December 28, 2011 10:08:15 PM

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.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 10:58:06 PM

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.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 4:58:33 AM

They will run with a new psu. The goal is to run BF3 as good as possible for 200 bucks, so . . . ?
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December 29, 2011 5:42:10 AM

yes my goal is to run bf3 at the best performance level for under 200
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a c 92 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 5:46:01 AM

you'd need to upgrade the psu, probably cost $50 and then the best card you'd get for $150 would be the 6850.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 7:50:46 AM

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/battl...
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a c 358 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 7:58:54 AM

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-graph...


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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 8:15:30 AM

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.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 8:22:08 AM

^^^

It's most likely a brand name PC like Dell or HP so overclocking the CPU is out of the question.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 8:36:16 AM

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.
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December 29, 2011 8:52:59 AM

The 6770 is cheaper and would be a good match, a cheaper corsair 430 watt would work fine too.



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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 9:03:56 AM

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.
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December 29, 2011 9:17:03 AM

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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