Whats the best nvidia graphics card for battlefield 3

hi there
I just bought battlefield 3 and it doesnt work on my computer... comes up with a directx error
"directx function device creat texture...........make sure you have a supported graphics card with at least 512 mb" Thinking that my intel (r) HD graphic family with almost 2 gig would provide me with more than enough but how sadly i was mistaken.
My next question with what series nvidia graphics with a size of about 2 gig also can i purchase so i can play BF3? what is the best one other than the recommended versions of the box?
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  1. Memory of the graphics card doesn't mean anything: the GPU does. Vendors list their cards at having 2 GB memory, despite it being useless because the card is too weak to use it. Even 5 years old 8600 GT with 256 MB of memory would have two - three times more performance than your integrated intel HD.

    You need to post your full specs of the computer and your budget for upgrading it, before we can help.
  2. where do i get the specs from? is that from running dxdiag or msconfig? will i find the specs from running them?
  3. sorry dont really understand alot of the terminology? whats GPU?
  4. budget? well i am not really sure maybe around the $300 mark
  5. GPU is abbreviation of Graphics processing unit. Just a name for graphics card.

    You can get ALMOST all info from dxdiag.. make sure to screenshot both tabs of "System" and "Display":


    You'll also have to open your PC case and take a photo of your power supply. That's the only way of finding what kind of it you have. If you cannot take photo for some reason, make sure to write down ALL the specs it has written on it.

    Power supply is a box that looks like this:


    Once you take the pictures, you can upload them to www.imageshack.us. Just make sure to select the option not to resize the images!
  6. can i ask why you need an image of the power supply?
  7. The most determining factor of the graphics card that you can buy is your power supply. For the card to work, the power supply has to be adequate. And I am not talking about wattage - I need to know the brand, the model and full specs to help you.

    Also, please take a screenshot of the first tab of DXDIAG too. I has important info in it.
  8. What is the make and model of the computer?
  9. To play Battlefield 3, you DEFINITELY need a dedicated graphics card.

    Right now, from nvidia at a budget of $300, your best bet is to get a GeForce GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130657

    In probably April, nvidia is releasing the rest of its new line of graphics cards, the Geforce GTX 600 series. The 660 Ti is supposed to have equivalent performance to the currently more expensive GTX 580, and will cost around the same as the current GTX 560 Ti.

    But as said before, power supply is also important. Also, it could help to know what motherboard you have and what case you are using.
  10. Yea but if he's got a 300$ budget and needs a better power supply. atleast 100$ is gonna go on a Power Supply which will knock him back to a GTX 560


    Might i ask what settings you want to run BF3 on?
  11. Intel graphic family means you must be running at least an Intel gen 1 or gen 2 Core CPU processor. Look at the label on the PSU and what do the numbers say, EXACTLY.
    They will list V3.3 v5 V+12 and V-12 as well as A(mps) under each V. Also need the name of the psu.
    You can download a free program to give the name of your motherboard and some other info. www.piriform.com/speccy
  12. Rockdpm said:
    Yea but if he's got a 300$ budget and needs a better power supply. atleast 100$ is gonna go on a Power Supply which will knock him back to a GTX 560


    Might i ask what settings you want to run BF3 on?

    This is true.
  13. Need a lot more info:

    Monitor Size:
    Power Supply wattage:
    Computer Make/Model:

    Budget: $300 (thats all we have so far)

    The more information you can provide david the more we can help. Obviously if we ask for your SS# don't do that but dang if we ask about your power supply we need to know.

    If you don't then people here will give bad info and you'll waste your time and money. And our Time.

    You can get a more then adequate psu for $30-60 from a good brand.
  14. yea dude, if you want a clean and healthy system a good power supply is recommended with a new GPU!, if you don't care about maxing the game out.....just buy a 7750, requires no external power and can run bf3 pretty decent....

    or

    a GTX 650 when its out!
  15. Rockdpm said:
    Yea but if he's got a 300$ budget and needs a better power supply. atleast 100$ is gonna go on a Power Supply which will knock him back to a GTX 560


    Might i ask what settings you want to run BF3 on?



    More like $60.

    @OP:

    You could get something like this:

    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates
  16. Sunius said:
    The most determining factor of the graphics card that you can buy is your power supply. For the card to work, the power supply has to be adequate. And I am not talking about wattage - I need to know the brand, the model and full specs to help you.

    Also, please take a screenshot of the first tab of DXDIAG too. I has important info in it.



    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg5 [...] res=medium is the first tab of dxdiag just click on link
  17. llguitargr8 said:
    To play Battlefield 3, you DEFINITELY need a dedicated graphics card.

    Right now, from nvidia at a budget of $300, your best bet is to get a GeForce GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130657

    In probably April, nvidia is releasing the rest of its new line of graphics cards, the Geforce GTX 600 series. The 660 Ti is supposed to have equivalent performance to the currently more expensive GTX 580, and will cost around the same as the current GTX 560 Ti.

    But as said before, power supply is also important. Also, it could help to know what motherboard you have and what case you are using.



    Ideally id like to get something with the same memory but that might stretch the budget.. not to mention the power supply
  18. hotthree said:
    Need a lot more info:

    Monitor Size:
    Power Supply wattage:
    Computer Make/Model:

    Budget: $300 (thats all we have so far)

    The more information you can provide david the more we can help. Obviously if we ask for your SS# don't do that but dang if we ask about your power supply we need to know.

    If you don't then people here will give bad info and you'll waste your time and money. And our Time.

    You can get a more then adequate psu for $30-60 from a good brand.



    how do you get the make and model is using dxdiag??
  19. david_72 said:
    how do you get the make and model is using dxdiag??


    You can't. You need to physically open your case and take a picture of it.

    Also, there's no point in getting a card that has more than 1GB of VRAM, except if you're using higher resolution than 1920x1080.
  20. Sunius said:
    You can't. You need to physically open your case and take a picture of it.

    Also, there's no point in getting a card that has more than 1GB of VRAM, except if you're using higher resolution than 1920x1080.


    It seems to me that i have already a 2 gig graphics on my computer already why couldnt i just replace it with a similar size card... yes disabling the onboard card first using bios or equivalent
  21. buy GTX 560 Ti or above~
  22. srafig4 said:
    buy GTX 560 Ti or above~


    just looking at GTX 560 Ti.. so much info about the specs.... to be honest alot of it doesnt make sense
    but am grateful for the advice
  23. Dude, there is no card inside your PC. The intel HD is actually an emulated card by your processor. It's not a graphics card. If you opened a case, you would see no card inside it.

    As I said, you could buy GTX 560 Ti, but without knowing your power supply, there are no guarantees that it will work.

    If you don't want to look but want to be on a safe side, you can buy these two things, they will guarantee it will run on your system:

    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates
  24. Sunius said:
    Dude, there is no card inside your PC. The intel HD is actually an emulated card by your processor. It's not a graphics card. If you opened a case, you would see no card inside it.

    As I said, you could buy GTX 560 Ti, but without knowing your power supply, there are no guarantees that it will work.

    If you don't want to look but want to be on a safe side, you can buy these two things, they will guarantee it will run on your system:

    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates


    no worries i have yet to get off my arse and look inside...ill keep you posted
  25. Sunius said:
    Dude, there is no card inside your PC. The intel HD is actually an emulated card by your processor. It's not a graphics card. If you opened a case, you would see no card inside it.

    As I said, you could buy GTX 560 Ti, but without knowing your power supply, there are no guarantees that it will work.

    If you don't want to look but want to be on a safe side, you can buy these two things, they will guarantee it will run on your system:

    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates



    Got a pic of my power supply
    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg444/scaled.php?server=444&filename=023vsr.jpg&res=crop
  26. Could you reupload it and select the option "DO NOT RESIZE"? Can't really see anything in that picture.
  27. Sunius said:
    Could you reupload it and select the option "DO NOT RESIZE"? Can't really see anything in that picture.


    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg23/scaled.php?server=23&filename=023iq.jpg&res=medium
    just looked at the watts and looked at the specs for the gtx 560 ti hawk should be fine for that graphics card
  28. No, I'm afraid it's not enough. GTX 560 Ti hawk needs at least 500w quality power supply, and that one is a junk one. They only state that it's 550w, I bet it would blow up at 350W load.

    Check this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-cost-psu-pc-power-supply,2862-2.html

    Tom's hardware crew tested some power supplies, that are similar to yours, and they found out that it's not worth using them. They could blow up your whole system, so unless you like risking your expensive hardware, do not spare $60 to buy yourself a decent power supply from a quality brand, which will serve you long long time.

    I stay with my recommendation combo:
    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates

    Total: $279.98

    If you don't like corsair, other quality brands are Antec, Seasonic, XFX, OCZ, Rosewill.
  29. Sunius said:
    No, I'm afraid it's not enough. GTX 560 Ti hawk needs at least 500w quality power supply, and that one is a junk one. They only state that it's 550w, I bet it would blow up at 350W load.

    Check this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-cost-psu-pc-power-supply,2862-2.html

    Tom's hardware crew tested some power supplies, that are similar to yours, and they found out that it's not worth using them. They could blow up your whole system, so unless you like risking your expensive hardware, do not spare $60 to buy yourself a decent power supply from a quality brand, which will serve you long long time.

    I stay with my recommendation combo:
    Corsair CX600 - $59.99 after rebates
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk - $219.99 after rebates

    Total: $279.98

    If you don't like corsair, other quality brands are Antec, Seasonic, XFX, OCZ, Rosewill.


    ok ill check it out and maybe i can find it cheaper than the prices you suggested.
    Question what is the difference between the gtx 560 and msi 560?
  30. There is no MSI 560. MSI is a brand that makes graphic cards out of NVIDIA GPUs. In my post above I mispelled. The full name is MSI GTX 560 Ti HAWK.
  31. Sunius said:
    There is no MSI 560. MSI is a brand that makes graphic cards out of NVIDIA GPUs. In my post above I mispelled. The full name is MSI GTX 560 Ti HAWK.


    ok appreciate the advice!!
    thank you
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