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March 2, 2012 11:03:52 AM

hi guys, im thinking of buying bf3 for my pc, i already have it on xbox but i hear that to get the most out of the game you have to play it on pc.

anyway here is my spec -

CPU - AMD Athalon ii X4 645 overclocked to 3.40ghz

MOBO - biostar group a780l3l

Ram - 8Gb ddr3 team elite

Graphics card- AMD 6670 2Gb ddr3, GPU overclocked to 840MHz and the memory overclocked to 720MHz


its the graphics card that i think is going to be the problem, so im thinking upgrading soon but unsure what to go for, im happy to spend about £150 but im willing to strech if it means i will have a far better graphics card.

cheers tom

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a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 12:01:53 PM

what resolution will you play? and what is your PSU?if you have enough psu power you can go fot 6950 if you think the price is too high go for 6870.

if you would like nvidia solution you can get a 560 ti 448 cores will be a good performance for bf3.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 12:09:47 PM

Well both your processor and GPU are going to limit you(more so on the GPU side) but even still it should look way better than the Xbox360 version.As a side note I've heard rumors saying that Microsoft is going to use the 6670 for the Xbox720 but the processor in that is most likely going to be more powerful than yours.

What PSU are you using?

For €150 the most powerful card you could get a would be a 6870 but that would depend on your current PSU.

BF3 Benchmark of relevant cards:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7750-and-77...
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March 2, 2012 12:14:47 PM

my PSU is
Evo labs EP10N1 ATX Switching 400W POWER SUPPLY 24PIN ATX

i would consider upgrading if its not up to scratch

and i would like to be playing at 1920x1080
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 12:27:45 PM

mercer95 said:
my PSU is
Evo labs EP10N1 ATX Switching 400W POWER SUPPLY 24PIN ATX

i would consider upgrading if its not up to scratch

and i would like to be playing at 1920x1080


yes depending on the video card you choose this psu will not work good none of the mentioned above will work on it, if you wan't to take a 6870 or higher you will something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

March 2, 2012 12:35:38 PM

thanks this has helped alot. its my birthday tomorow and iv got a bit of cash saved up i think im going to get a mobo bundle with the amd bulldozer probs a 6 core virsion, a new power supply iv seen a couple of 600w for about £40 and then i might get the 6850 or better for graphics
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:02:14 PM

Do not buy just any 600w PSU. Make sure it is from a reputable company. XFX, Corairs, Seasonic, Antec Earthwatts are all good places to look.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:04:04 PM

You might as well go for a i5-2500k if your getting an upgrade kit.It's only $60 more and it's well worth.I just upgraded from a Phenom ii x4 965 and it's a huge improvement.Also a more powerful CPU will get you better fps in BF3.
March 2, 2012 1:05:34 PM

i suppose im a bit of a amd fanboy but your right the i5-2500k would be alot better
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:19:08 PM

mercer95 said:
thanks this has helped alot. its my birthday tomorow and iv got a bit of cash saved up i think im going to get a mobo bundle with the amd bulldozer probs a 6 core virsion, a new power supply iv seen a couple of 600w for about £40 and then i might get the 6850 or better for graphics

Might as well bump up to an HD 6870 - they are very cheap right now.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:23:24 PM

Just remember to be sure to get a quality PSU because that's the backbone of the PC.And if it's poor quality every componet suffers because of it.

Do you have any preferred sites where you live that we can help you look?
March 2, 2012 1:26:57 PM

i dont mind i have being mainly looking on amazon
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:35:00 PM

That's a nice PSU.Got good remarks in the review.
March 2, 2012 1:41:52 PM

thanks alot guys this has really helped me and i really appreciate it

it looks like i can get set up on £400

new i5 sandy bridge
Sapphire RADEON HD 6870 Graphics
ASUS P8Z68-V LX - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68
OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply

:D 
March 2, 2012 1:48:03 PM

I doubt it will run with those graphics, I have a Q9300 quad, 6GB RAM, and an HD4830. I over clocked the card and it would stick barely run on low. Get a HD6770 or HD6850.
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 1:57:41 PM

kawininjazx said:
I doubt it will run with those graphics, I have a Q9300 quad, 6GB RAM, and an HD4830. I over clocked the card and it would stick barely run on low. Get a HD6770 or HD6850.

Um. What?
March 2, 2012 2:01:46 PM

i could get the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 and then i would have about £100 for a new mobo rather than the one above
March 2, 2012 2:05:34 PM

mercer95 said:
i suppose im a bit of a amd fanboy but your right the i5-2500k would be alot better

If you love AMD, vote with your wallet so they have more incentive to make changes. Its hard to understate how far behind AMD is these days. Be a fanboy once there's a bit more parity if you want, but its just going to cost you performance-per-dollar right now.

I agree with the suggestion to go with an HD 6870. Its so cheap right now, and in such a GPU-hungry game at 1080p, the best GPU you can afford is worth it.
March 2, 2012 2:10:13 PM

get a i5 and 6950 if u can and at least 550 and unlock 6950 to 6970 and oc it and u will have a kick a system which cost like a 560ti and give performance of a 580 and this system would last 5
years
if u unlock and oc ur gpu as well as oc ur cpu then it is wise to purchase a 750w with 80+ bronze a u have to consider the capacitor aging so that will sum it :) 
March 2, 2012 2:20:04 PM

the psu i was looking at has a 700w mode would that be powerful enough?
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 2:26:12 PM

That Gigabyte mobo is a really nice one.I was thinking of getting that one myself but I decided not to.

In my opinion you don't need a 700watt.A simple quality 500 watt should be fine.
March 2, 2012 2:29:32 PM

ok i think i can start ordering on monday and see if any onw wants to buy the one im currently using cheers!!!
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 3:45:34 PM

Are you planning on crossfire/sli in the future?

So what does your final build order look like?
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 3:49:45 PM

mercer95 said:
ok i think i can start ordering on monday and see if any onw wants to buy the one im currently using cheers!!!

Ebay!!!!, people are always selling gaming rigs at great deals!
March 2, 2012 3:51:41 PM

yeh i was but that would not be to soon, this i what im going to get -

6870 1GB DDR5 DX11 Xfire
http://www.mocustoms.co.uk/store/index.php?route=produc...

Gigabyte Ga-Z68X-Ud3P-B3 Z68 USB3 S1155
http://www.mocustoms.co.uk/store/index.php?route=produc...

Intel Core I5-2500K
http://www.mocustoms.co.uk/store/index.php?route=produc...

OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001GLFD54/ref=s9_si...

its going to cost about £425 what do you think?
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 4:25:38 PM

Wow.That looks really good.Almost the exact same build as mine.

Well if your planning on crossfiring 6870's you should be fine with that PSU.

Have you thought about O.C.ing the CPU? Have you got an aftermarket cooler already?
March 2, 2012 4:30:25 PM

no not yet but im going to buy a new case and cooling system with my birthday money and then get the rest of the money out of my savings, already got a new mouse and keyboard, do u think that this mobo would be better?


http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005FGQLQQ/ref=ox_sc...


it looks similar to the one that u recommended but i couldnt find it in the uk
March 2, 2012 4:31:40 PM

and yes i would be over clocking the cpu and mabey the graphics card, its very easy with AMD overdrive
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 4:56:02 PM

That is the one I reccomended.And actually I think it's best to go with the ASRock one because I just noticed that Gigabyte doesn't make that model anymore.Meaning they don't cover it under Warranty.The ASRock has pretty much all the same features and is still a very good mobo for the price.

You can't use AMD Overdrive with a Intel CPU.You'll have to do it manually in the BIOS or you can use the Software that comes with the board to adjust while your in the OS.It's basically the same thing as AMD Overdrive just looks different.
March 2, 2012 5:02:05 PM

cheers again pal i cant thank you enough, thanks to you ill have one sweet gaming rig (...and be £600 out of pocket) if it was left to me i would of either spent twice as much for the same spec or half that and have pretty much the same spec as im running now.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 5:04:38 PM

Yah I'm surprised you went so far into this.Just seemed like you wanted to be able to play BF3 on the PC but now you've gone ahead and built yourself a pretty moderate gaming rig.You should have no problem playing BF3 on high settings with this.
March 2, 2012 5:09:36 PM

yeh i was going to slowly build up to a decent rig but them would of cost more in the long run and since i have the money now it only makes sence
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 6:02:42 PM

An added bonus to that ASRock board is that it supports PCI-E 3.0.Which is always good in the long run.Since Ivy Bridge is only 3 weeks away you might even consider getting one of those CPU's.They look promising and they are supposed to be at the same price point as the current i5.I only suggest it because it's so close to release.Totally forgot about it actually.
March 2, 2012 6:09:45 PM

once again you saved me from regret hahaha, im going to get the spu and graphics on monday i think i can wait until the ivy bridge is out and get that and the mobo
March 2, 2012 6:11:55 PM

also it gives me some time to sell my current pc
March 2, 2012 6:13:08 PM

AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Socket AM3+ 4 Core Processor - 3.60GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo £88.13
http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Bulldozer-FX-4100-Socket-Pr...

ASROCK AM3 870 EXTREME3 R2.0 5200MT/S £70.08
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASROCK-870-EXTREME3-R2-0-5200MT...

Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM Memory £22.25
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMX4GX3M2A1600C9-XMS3-S...

VTX3D 2GB Radeon HD 6970 PCI-E 2.1 Graphics Card £237.52
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon-6970-PCI-E-Graphic...

Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply £53.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-600CXV2UK-Builder...

COOLER MASTER RR-212E-16PK-R1 Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler £23.75
http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C...

495.71 with 4GB and Hyper 212 (449.71 w/o) and you've got lot of video
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 6:37:27 PM

O yah I forgot to ask,what speed and voltage is your current RAM?
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 6:55:46 PM

Ok that's good.I almost ran into a problem myself with 1.65 volt RAM.Intel says their recommended max is 1.575 and I've been hearing that people with 1.65volt RAM risk frying the memory controller.That would be very bad,lol.
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