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March 8, 2012 7:46:56 PM

I am helping a friend build a rig, and he is on a limited budget. Can someone tell me of a nice GPU with, at most, ONE 6-pin PCI-E connector that will run Battlefield 3 on high at 720p? I was considering the 5670 or 6670, but am unsure if these can play it on high at a smooth frame rate. Thanks.

Resolution: 720p (1366 x 768)

Power Supply: 500W psu that comes with 1 6-pin PCI-E. Here:



Budget: Would like to keep it under $100 to be honest, if possible. Will go above if able to play on high at 720p

Purchase date: Within the next month or two.

Would like to keep it AMD. I am set on using Newegg, but am content with other locations. The CPU he will be using is the FX-4100 by AMD. He was considering a 6870 but it was for around double the price of the 5670.

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March 8, 2012 7:51:30 PM

i have an phenom ii x4 980 and a radeon HD 6770. I play BF3 on high settings on 1920 x 1080 with 35ish FPS.
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March 8, 2012 7:53:10 PM

computernewb said:
i have an phenom ii x4 980 and a radeon HD 6770. I play BF3 on high settings on 1920 x 1080 with 35ish FPS.


I see. Thanks a lot for the reference point.
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March 8, 2012 8:09:16 PM

How does the 6670 compare to the 5670? And the 6670 does not require a power connector, right?
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March 8, 2012 8:51:31 PM

Sunius said:
Sorry, but I doubt any of those will give playable frame rates. The minimum would be hd 5770 I guess.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...

That's single player performance, so it's going to be lower on multiplayer.



You don't think at even 720p it would be playable on multiplayer?
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March 8, 2012 9:07:52 PM

My stepson plays bf3 with a 1055T amd, 4gb RAM and a 5770 on high at 1280x1024 with no problems. You may not be able to run it on high at your res. but it should be ok.
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March 8, 2012 9:47:49 PM

with respect, why the heck would you buy a fx 4100 right now? I'm seeing benchmarks of them failing to compare to dual core hyperthreaded intel i3's? Its a $10 price difference guys... go intel and get a better processor later rather than being left in the dark on wtf is even happening with AMD socket futures lol.

op, I also have no experience with that particular card, but I can tell you that at that resolution you should be able to find the card with specs you are seeking.

bf3 ran 1900x1200 good fps on low settings with my 9800gtx...that card saw its glory days about 6-7 years ago now.

With 560ti I'm running same resolution on ultra with great fps.

a final tip I might add is that spending more money on the gpu would be extremely beneficial. $150 or $190 on a g. card would make this a much more enjoyable system. I will not recommend you a specific card lest someone spark a nerd rage war. Cheers!
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March 8, 2012 9:56:28 PM

@Kyle382 i agree with you the i3 are awesome for gaming. Personally in my gaming rig i have a i5 2500k and in my HTPC i have a Pentium G620 (a lot cheaper than the i3's) and i see no difference in FPS with a 6870.
For Battlefield 3 at your Resolution i would recommend a GTX 550 Ti. You will be able to run it on high and maybe even Ultra (without AA).
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March 8, 2012 10:22:31 PM

for high settings a 6850 maybe be able to push a 6770/5770 but a 6670 will barley run low at 30 fps
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March 8, 2012 11:29:39 PM

I have the Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 and can play on Ultra campaign and High online they are currently out of stock but amazon has them in right now I think, or you could try ncix.com. Its about $100 right now and just make sure you Over Clock it (MSI afterburner) and you will be golden. ;)  I am planning to upgrade to the Ultra Classified Evga 560 ti and possibly a 1080p monitor to go with it. :wahoo: 
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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March 9, 2012 12:28:25 AM

What's your total budget? If budget is really an issue with the graphics card, you can try a G860 ($90) + HD6790 ($125).
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March 9, 2012 12:43:58 AM

computernewb said:
i have an phenom ii x4 980 and a radeon HD 6770. I play BF3 on high settings on 1920 x 1080 with 35ish FPS.


this might be true OP but its not good advice per se. 35fps is best case senario. but at 720p youd be fine with that gpu just not at 1080p.




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March 9, 2012 11:14:57 AM

He was going for around a $500 build, or as cheap as possible to play BF3 on high @ 720p. As for the i3, it was his choice for the FX-4100, and he is set on having that because his brother has one, and it is 4 cores, so I cannot talk him out of that. In regards to the GPU, I have advised him to reduce the hard drive size, he wanted 2tb (which he would never use, yet wanted just to have it,) to drop the price, so that we can spend more money on a 6850.

I think this would be the best choice. You can grab one for around 140 prior to rebates and promo codes. Does anyone agree that this would be a better, more stable, choice? Of course, this may warrant us to get a different power supply than the one that comes with the case. Is anyone aware of how many 6-pin connectors this 6850 requires. Not to mention he may need to get a different power supply. I am speculating that the Raidmax one gives about 21A on the +12v rail, I know someone who has one similar to it.

Thanks again for the replies guys. If the price is too steep for him, I believe we will stick with a used Vapor-X 5770 (around $85.)

Sorry for not showing the full build. Prices reflect before any current/future promos, and before rebates. Here it is:

Motherboard$95
CPU$110
HDD$90
RAM$30
CASE/PSU$60
Current Standing GPU$140
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March 9, 2012 1:37:20 PM

first@home said:
He was going for around a $500 build, or as cheap as possible to play BF3 on high @ 720p. As for the i3, it was his choice for the FX-4100, and he is set on having that because his brother has one, and it is 4 cores, so I cannot talk him out of that. In regards to the GPU, I have advised him to reduce the hard drive size, he wanted 2tb (which he would never use, yet wanted just to have it,) to drop the price, so that we can spend more money on a 6850.

I think this would be the best choice. You can grab one for around 140 prior to rebates and promo codes. Does anyone agree that this would be a better, more stable, choice? Of course, this may warrant us to get a different power supply than the one that comes with the case. Is anyone aware of how many 6-pin connectors this 6850 requires. Not to mention he may need to get a different power supply. I am speculating that the Raidmax one gives about 21A on the +12v rail, I know someone who has one similar to it.

Thanks again for the replies guys. If the price is too steep for him, I believe we will stick with a used Vapor-X 5770 (around $85.)

Sorry for not showing the full build. Prices reflect before any current/future promos, and before rebates. Here it is:

Motherboard$95
CPU$110
HDD$90
RAM$30
CASE/PSU$60
Current Standing GPU$140


tell him hes an idiot
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March 9, 2012 3:57:41 PM

cbrunnem said:
tell him hes an idiot


Essentially, you are meaning for me to force him to go with the i3, correct? If I can possibly do that, what would be a plausible motherboard choice. One that has out-of-box compatibility (bios) with the i3 is necessary.
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March 9, 2012 4:14:30 PM

this would be a MUCH better option, i think it could manage ULTRA on that resolution. its 607$ after rebates.

remember that BF3 MP is very CPU hungry!

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March 9, 2012 5:13:21 PM

Derbixrace said:
this would be a MUCH better option, i think it could manage ULTRA on that resolution. its 607$ after rebates.

remember that BF3 MP is very CPU hungry!

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/1142/budgetpc.jpg


That's interesting. I will run this by him. Thanks for the recommendation. If he decides that he MUST have something AMD, would the 6850 work as well as the GTX 460 1gb.
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March 9, 2012 5:27:43 PM

If you really want a good budget system:
Case: XCLIO Mid Tower case $29.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9ghz Sandy Bridge dual core $92.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4gb 1333mhz $24.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...



Motherboard: MSI H67MS-E43 Micro ATX $86.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



Graphics Card: HIS 5770 1gb $104.99 (Plus Dirt 3 for free)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart SP-530P 530W 80 Plus Certified $69.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM $89.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...



Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $114.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...



Total: $483.93

(forgot about DVD, but that's $20)

If there's room, I'd upgrade the CPU to an i3 2120 or better, then the GPU to a 6850, then change the RAM for a 2x4gb set (8gb total). And of course the Case is entirely up to your friend to choose, there are a ton of mid tower cases for around $30-50
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March 9, 2012 7:27:04 PM

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March 9, 2012 8:46:52 PM

don't expect to run bf3 multiplayer with the pentium g850. You need multicore cpu power in multilayer.
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