I did my research to find and from what I found this processor and video would be more than adequate to run SWTOR.
The computer showed up today and after doing all updates, getting the latest AMD catalyst, and the newest video card drivers I have run into the following issue:
I thought this video card would be able to run the game on high settings but apparently not because it artifacts pretty badly. So I set the graphics to low. This made the artifacting stop but now I have an issue that I cannot figure out. The video seems to "chop" or "jump". For example, I will be running at 60fps and then it jumps to 35fps and then back to 60fps. Its almost like it temporarily freezes, and then catches back up with itself.
So its not a FPS issue as it is getting 60fps, but I feel like I possibly got a bad card, or there is something i do not know.
As I said I have the newest drivers and have played with every setting I can think of and the situation simply won't go away.
I looked up the "recommended" requirements. A 5850 was the minimum card they listed.......... others were older cards that needed adjustment to use. barring the expense of another more expensive card/6850/6870/5960/460-560ti, etc.......... instead of lowering the card why not first try lowering the monitors resolution ? even at 1024x768 with "normal' graphics settings might help. Also try lowering the AA/Af, etc.