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December 28, 2012 3:31:29 PM

Hello,

I've recently started playing battlefield 3 multiplayer. I run it at 1920x1080 with all low settings with an Amd Athlon x2 250 @3.0 Ghz and an Nvidia GTX 650 1GB DDR5. I
noticed my framerate increased very little when i lowered the resolution to a very low resolution, I've also noticed that my GPU usage is about 50 % when I start experiencing lag and my CPU usage is at 100 %. My question is, if i where to upgrade my CPU(or overclocked it) would i start getting better frames and less lag?

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CPU-AMD Athlon x2 250 @3.0 Ghz
GPU-EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB DDR5(Not Overclocked)
RAM-7GB DDR3 @1333Mhz
OS-Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

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December 28, 2012 3:47:18 PM

TheEVGAMan said:
Hello,

I've recently started playing battlefield 3 multiplayer. I run it at 1920x1080 with all low settings with an Amd Athlon x2 250 @3.0 Ghz and an Nvidia GTX 650 1GB DDR5. I
noticed my framerate increased very little when i lowered the resolution to a very low resolution, I've also noticed that my GPU usage is about 50 % when I start experiencing lag and my CPU usage is at 100 %. My question is, if i where to upgrade my CPU(or overclocked it) would i start getting better frames and less lag?

Specs-
CPU-AMD Athlon x2 250 @3.0 Ghz
GPU-EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB DDR5(Not Overclocked)
RAM-7GB DDR3 @1333Mhz
OS-Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


Upgrade: Yes
Overclock: Possibly.

Depending on how much you can OC. But since its only a dual core, that is most likely your issue. Honestly an upgrade would help you out the most, if you stay with AMD a Phenom II x4 965 would be good for under $100, if you can find one.

A 3rd gen i3 or i5 would be a much bigger upgrade, but cost more. Do a little research here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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December 28, 2012 3:49:45 PM

Try lowering or increasing your CPU's clock rate.
If decreasing it to 2GHZ (lower the multiplier to 10) significantly lowers your FPS, then i suggest moving up to a Phenom II X4.
Here's a link to one.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBO...
Or if you've got a good motherboard and are willing to take the your chip as high as it will go, go with this one instead.
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-1045T-2-70GHz-Processo...

And by the way you do NOT have 7GB RAM.You've got either 6 or 8.
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December 28, 2012 4:20:48 PM

yarmock said:
Upgrade: Yes
Overclock: Possibly.

Depending on how much you can OC. But since its only a dual core, that is most likely your issue. Honestly an upgrade would help you out the most, if you stay with AMD a Phenom II x4 965 would be good for under $100, if you can find one.

A 3rd gen i3 or i5 would be a much bigger upgrade, but cost more. Do a little research here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...


I'll look into upgrading to a Phenom II X4 or an I5 eventually, thanks for the feedback.
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December 28, 2012 4:21:38 PM

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