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March 22, 2012 11:07:52 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware Community.
I have a few questions to ask. First should I upgrade my computer by buying another 5850 to crossfire? or get a more powerful single card. My computer is 2 years old and I can't run bf3 on ultra settings, instead im running on medium 50-70fps at 1920x1080. I really want to run ultra settings! What should i do? Thankyou :) 

BF3 Settings: 1920x1080
All Medium
Antialiasing Deffer: Off
Antialiasing Post: Off
Motionblur: Off
AF: 16x
Ambient occulution: Off

Computer Specs

Video card: Powercolor PCS+ Radeon HD 5850 1GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 OEM 2.66ghz running at stock speed
Motherboard: Biostar T5 XE P55 Crossfireable i think
RAM: 4gb of memory Gskill ripjaws 1600
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS 10x Extreme
PSU: Coolermaster GX 750w
Hard drive: 1Tb 7200rpm Wd black
Computer Case: NZXT Lexa S Mid Tower
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

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March 22, 2012 11:35:07 PM

thehotter1 said:
Hello Tom's Hardware Community.
I have a few questions to ask. First should I upgrade my computer by buying another 5850 to crossfire? or get a more powerful single card. My computer is 2 years old and I can't run bf3 on ultra settings, instead im running on medium 50-70fps at 1920x1080. I really want to run ultra settings! What should i do? Thankyou :) 

BF3 Settings: 1920x1080
All Medium
Antialiasing Deffer: Off
Antialiasing Post: Off
Motionblur: Off
AF: 16x
Ambient occulution: Off

Computer Specs

Video card: Powercolor PCS+ Radeon HD 5850 1GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 OEM 2.66ghz running at stock speed
Motherboard: Biostar T5 XE P55 Crossfireable i think
RAM: 4gb of memory Gskill ripjaws 1600
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS 10x Extreme
PSU: Coolermaster GX 750w
Hard drive: 1Tb 7200rpm Wd black
Computer Case: NZXT Lexa S Mid Tower
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

You've got a pretty high rated card - you should be able to cfx - try doubling your ram. :) 
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March 22, 2012 11:52:37 PM

For bf3 that card is not enough try gtx 570 2.5gb from newegg i just got one for 350$ and when overclocked it beats a stock gtx580, youll be able to max pretty much every setting. BF3 also uses 6.5gb of physical memory so having 8 gigs is a good idea aswell but youll see the most preformance when u upgrade that card. If it where most other games youd be fine but BF3 is very graphically demanding especially for 1080p
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March 23, 2012 12:11:33 AM

4gb of memory is plenty for BF3 IF you have 64bit Windows. If you do not have 64 bit I would suggest getting this first.

Once you have 64 bit I would not worry about 4gb of ram for now unless you have an extra $40 bucks after the next upgrades.

IMO the best thing to do would be to update the cpu/mobo/gpu. That would be the best thing. I know you may be on a budget which will be helpful if you can let us know.

For cpu upgrades look at i3 2100 from intel or i5 2500k. and match up a 1155 mobo from msi asus asrock gigabyte. Read reviews/benchmarks and that will tell you if its a good board.

BF3 is not very cpu dependent like wow etc, so if you had to save money I would try upgrading the gpu first. But you may run into a bottleneck with your new card (meaning your cpu cannot keep up and you won't get more performance until you upgrade that)

I would look into 560ti / 570 / 580 (Nvidia cards and AMD will be coming down in price soon)

On AMD's side look at 6950, 6970 (new cards 7850,7870).

Hope this was helpful
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March 23, 2012 12:45:26 AM

hotthree said:
4gb of memory is plenty for BF3 IF you have 64bit Windows. If you do not have 64 bit I would suggest getting this first.

Once you have 64 bit I would not worry about 4gb of ram for now unless you have an extra $40 bucks after the next upgrades.

IMO the best thing to do would be to update the cpu/mobo/gpu. That would be the best thing. I know you may be on a budget which will be helpful if you can let us know.

For cpu upgrades look at i3 2100 from intel or i5 2500k. and match up a 1155 mobo from msi asus asrock gigabyte. Read reviews/benchmarks and that will tell you if its a good board.

BF3 is not very cpu dependent like wow etc, so if you had to save money I would try upgrading the gpu first. But you may run into a bottleneck with your new card (meaning your cpu cannot keep up and you won't get more performance until you upgrade that)

I would look into 560ti / 570 / 580 (Nvidia cards and AMD will be coming down in price soon)

On AMD's side look at 6950, 6970 (new cards 7850,7870).

Hope this was helpful

I have 64 bit yes. And as for the ram I never run into problems of not having enough of it. What if i Overclock my CPU to like 4... ghz will it be faster than the 2500k? (I did pay 80$ for the cooler) and probally will not bottleneck a powerful vid card?

oh yeah i dont know how to overclock :) 
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March 23, 2012 4:02:21 PM

even if you overclock you processor to 4.0ghz a stock I5 2500k will beat it. The 2500k is a quadcore with amazing core per core preformance which beats out alot of processors running at 4.0ghz and higher, The beautiful thing about the 2500k is that you can overclock it to over 4.0ghz with the stock fan that comes with it, but a gpu with give you the most preformance boost in bf3 as it is primaraly a gpu intensive game more so then cpu intensive
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March 23, 2012 4:47:25 PM

thehotter1 said:
I have 64 bit yes. And as for the ram I never run into problems of not having enough of it. What if i Overclock my CPU to like 4... ghz will it be faster than the 2500k? (I did pay 80$ for the cooler) and probally will not bottleneck a powerful vid card?

oh yeah i dont know how to overclock :) 

If your going to upgrade your CPU go with the i5-2500k and a decent 1155 mobo.
If your going to upgrade your GPU use this chart to see where your card stands and where you should go:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
At this point honestly what I would do is wait a bit for the new GPU's that are coming out. That may lower the existing card prices. I'd also wait for the Ivy Bridge CPU's for the same reason. It's not like the game is unplayable for you. :) 
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