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How to make my computer BF3 compatible?

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November 24, 2012 9:27:53 PM

Hi all,

I have read the forums here, and while i don't have a lot of computers knowledge it helped me a lot.
So i decided to get some more specific help for me.

I have a quite old (~6 yr) computer, although it runs good i can't reallt play BF3 on it, and i wanted to ask if i should just replace some components in it or is it time to buy a new computer? (i saw people wrote that the Ivy bridge has some heat issues and maybe it's best to wait for the next bridge - whatever this bridge is..).

my specs are:
- CPU: Intel core 2 quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
- MB: Asus PK5C
- PSU: HEC 500td-tf
- GPU: nvidia GeForce 9400 GT
- 4 GB RAM DDR2
- 2 optical devices
- 2 HDD - 1. WDC WD5000AAKS-65YGA0 ATA Device
2. WDC WD10EARS-22Y5B1 ATA Device

Thanks in advance

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November 24, 2012 9:35:09 PM

For BF3,Here are the minimum and maximum requirements,
minimum,

CPU: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON X2 2.7 GHZ)
RAM: 2 GB
VGA: AMD: DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
NVIDIA: DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200,
300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)

DX: DIRECTX 10.0

OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
HDD:20 GB
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November 24, 2012 9:36:19 PM

Recommended,
CPU: QUAD-CORE CPU
RAM: 4 GB
VGA: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
DX: DIRECTX 11
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
HDD: 20 GB
Sound: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
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November 24, 2012 9:37:45 PM

You don't need IVY bridge processor to play BF3,As according to you Sys specs you can play bf3 fine
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November 24, 2012 9:48:34 PM

BF3 uses multiple CPU cores, thus, i also say you are fine with your CPU in this particular game. But you can think about upgrading your GPU and ALSO PSU (never heard of that brand before, imo you shouldn't trust that)
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November 24, 2012 10:34:39 PM

Yeah!!I agree with technoholic.Upgrade your GPU and PSU(recommended) if you want
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November 24, 2012 11:03:50 PM

what OS do you have? vista or newer is needed
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November 25, 2012 5:15:32 PM

Found This...

Minimum requirements for Battlefield 3

OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
RAM: 2GB
Graphic card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher.
Graphics card memory: 512 MB
Sound card: DirectX compatibl sound card
Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

Recommended system requirements for Battlefield 3

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
RAM: 4GB
Graphics card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950.
Graphics card memory: 1 GB
Sound card: DirectX compatibl sound card
Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

However, please note that Battlefield 3 won’t support DirecX 9, meaning it won’t run on Windows XP.
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November 26, 2012 12:40:06 PM

hey all,

thanks so much for the replies (for some reason i didn't get email notification so i haven't noticed there were replies till now).

i have win 7 64bit.
to what video card should i upgrade to your opinion? one that will allow me to run the game in high quality.
and what PSU should i get? or more importantly of what walt?

thanks again.
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November 26, 2012 12:41:06 PM

another thing - what is Ivy bridge in a nutshell?
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November 26, 2012 1:13:24 PM

Ivy is a new CPU architecture from Intel not compatible with your mobo so don't worry about it.

Which GPU I'd say at least a HD7950 if you can afford it and probably a new PSU.
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November 27, 2012 7:20:31 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Which GPU I'd say at least a HD7950 if you can afford it and probably a new PSU.


Can you tell me what is the equivallent to this GPU in the nvidia design? and what cheaper alternatives are recommanded?
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November 27, 2012 8:13:44 AM

660 Ti to 670 would be around HD7950.

Cheaper alternatives are HD7850/7870 and GTX 660.
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November 27, 2012 8:33:04 AM

Best answer selected by droreni.
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