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Optimzing my PC for gaming

Last response: in Systems
September 29, 2012 1:05:23 PM

I just bought a Dell XPS 8500 in hopes that it would produce well for gaming. I am having troubles with frame rate while playing certain games. Battlefield 3 in particular. Any suggestions on how to optimize/upgrade to get running good|

Dell Inc.
System Model: XPS 8500
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/25/12 17:09:41 Ver: 04.06.05
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3450 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8088MB RAM
Page File: 3252MB used, 12920MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 1:08:22 PM

Which graphics card option did you select when buying this system? You might not have enough GPU horsepower.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 1:11:57 PM

Well, that's middle of the road graphics power. I would expect decent performance at medium resolution (1024x768) with fairly low AA settings.
September 29, 2012 1:18:21 PM

Admittedly im not not a PC guru. Tweaking video settings is nothing ive really played with before. My RAM is upgradeable to 32 and i was considering buying some more RAM today in hopes this was partially the problem. I run at 20-40 FPS right now depending and it varies greatly during game play. Cant seem to figure out the problem. I think im running at too high of a resolution too. I'll have to change it up and see what that does.
a b 4 Gaming
September 29, 2012 1:20:42 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
September 29, 2012 1:22:37 PM

Sorry Mousemonkey. Posted to the wrong forum i guess. Damn NOOBS! lol
September 29, 2012 1:41:14 PM

I have a 460 watt power supply. Could that be part of my problem?
September 29, 2012 3:09:05 PM

Ive already posted this question to a new thread but...if was to double up on the existing raedon 7570 would that get me where i needed to be? I have no idea how to have 2 graphics cards running but from some research it seems to be an option. Also i think im going to pick up a new power supply today. In my area i see a corsair that is 600 w but its not the same model. Should matter correct?

Thanks for the reply BTW.