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September 22, 2012 7:18:52 AM

Hey,

So I just built my computer with an i5-3570k and I tried to run battlefield 3 but I was getting like 10 fps or lower.. My cpu usage was hitting 60%+. Is that normal? I am using integrated graphics. Maybe it's because of that?

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-Mark

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September 22, 2012 8:05:29 AM

HopelessNoob said:
Hey,

So I just built my computer with an i5-3570k and I tried to run battlefield 3 but I was getting like 10 fps or lower.. My cpu usage was hitting 60%+. Is that normal? I am using integrated graphics. Maybe it's because of that?

Thanks

-Mark


I'm surprised you're getting as much as 10fps with integrated graphics. But yep, it's because of the integrated graphics. You will need a better gpu to play bf3 smoothly. If you give us a budget and tell us the rest of your pcs' specs (psu make and model in particular) we may be able to suggest a gpu for your consideration.
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September 22, 2012 3:38:12 PM

a little black duck said:
I'm surprised you're getting as much as 10fps with integrated graphics. But yep, it's because of the integrated graphics. You will need a better gpu to play bf3 smoothly. If you give us a budget and tell us the rest of your pcs' specs (psu make and model in particular) we may be able to suggest a gpu for your consideration.


Hey,

thanks for the reply

here's my computer so far:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

I'm planning on waiting until black friday and cyber monday to get a graphics card. Do you think there'll be good deals then?
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September 22, 2012 5:46:08 PM

a GTX550ti would suit you fine .... im using a GTX550ti with a sandybridge pentium G620 and im able to run battlefield at 1920x1080 on high detail ( avg 38fps) ... so with a Intel Core i5-3570K and 16gb of ram you should,infact will be able to run battlefield 3 at 1920x1080 at ultra detail and acheive 50fps easily
your rosewill 630w psu is more than enough to safely power the GTX550ti and it has a decent +12v rail ..... you can get a GTX550ti for well under £100 ( http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... )
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September 23, 2012 12:40:45 AM

Agree with brianthesnail re the 550ti. And yep, there usually are good deals to be had on your black friday sales (wish we had them over here). However, with your system specs, I would be looking at something like the following if your budget allows.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course, if your budget allows, you can always go higher :D 
Also, the hieratchy chart is always a good place to check gpus' performance.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Hope this helps.
Good luck.
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September 23, 2012 7:57:46 AM

on a personal standpoint ive never seen the need for high end gpu,s ..... ive never spent in excess of £120 for a graphics card and allways acheived playable frame rates and decent detail in all games
that said opting for cards such as the GTX660ti and HD7870 will allow you to turn on Anisotropic filtering and anti aliasing to max which can in some situations improve visuals even more .....
as mentioned the GTX550ti ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) will more than meet your requirements ,also the "HD7770" ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) is worth considering,and has around the same performance as the GTX550ti ,however the HD7770 has a superior 28nm gpu which equates to much cooler and efficent operation
even a entry level card such as the HD6670 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) would be a marked improvement over the intel onchip graphics,infact there are two revisions of the HD6670 with this being the superior gddr5 model,and with this you get a better 4000mhz effective memory clock and a better core clock
hope this helps mate
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September 24, 2012 5:08:04 PM

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