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Battlefield 3? what upgrades i need and specifically what is suitable?

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October 19, 2012 12:49:46 PM

Hello, im wondering what the cheapest most simple upgrades i can purchase in order to run battlefield 3 at medium settings with 40+ fps. my current system is an hp a6660a with a gt 430 video card, 4gb of ddr2 ram, 500gb hdd,300w psu +12V-19A and an intel core 2 quad q6700 2.66 processor. im currently on a 1650, 1050 monitor but may want to play in 1080p in future. just recently bought this whole setup for $180 nzl and is my first pc.
so what will get this setup running battlefield 3 medium settings?
October 19, 2012 1:07:07 PM

A 7850-7870 and new PSU should do it, though that will probably be more than you paid for the rest of it. You'll want a platform upgrade at some point too, though I'd wait till Haswell for that.
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October 19, 2012 1:09:12 PM

thank you for quick reply :)  but what exactly do you mean by platform? is that the motherboard?
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October 19, 2012 1:15:05 PM

wow thats abit expensive for me. how a bout low settings and 40+ fps then? what grapics card and (if needed) psu should do the job?
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October 19, 2012 1:29:10 PM

That GPU is hurtin ya.

Get something in the Nvidia line better than a GTX 550 Ti and you should be ok. Or any AMD/ATI equivilant.

You may have to upgrade the PSU, just check on the requirements of the card and see if the PSU supports it.
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October 20, 2012 1:19:18 AM

Do you have a budget and can you post a picture of the PSU label or it's model number?

You could get a 7770.

EDIT: Platform generally refers to CPU/mobo, sometimes RAM as well.
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October 20, 2012 1:49:28 AM

MSI 650 should be good at achieving playable Medium settings. Also, it is recommended to use a 400W PSU. Another ok card, 7770, requires 500W PSU.

One huge problem. Your PSU is severely limiting any card. Most cards that cost $100-150 USD require a 400-500W PSU.

You need more power, and you'll need a new PSU if you want to achieve your Medium settings in BF3.
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October 20, 2012 3:29:40 AM

I am trying to keep under $200 nz. I now realise my psu will have to be replaced. I was searching on a local auction site and the is a second hand hd 5770 for $89. How would this card run?
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October 20, 2012 3:31:12 AM

My psu doesnt even have a six pin pcie cord :p 
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October 20, 2012 7:15:01 AM

A 5770 is a really weak card but here is a benchmark with it. $89 for a 5770, is that NZ dollars? Get a 7750 or 7770.

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October 20, 2012 7:39:03 AM

gomilly said:
I am trying to keep under $200 nz. I now realise my psu will have to be replaced. I was searching on a local auction site and the is a second hand hd 5770 for $89. How would this card run?


I used to have a 5770. In bf3, for 50-60fps, I could run high settings at 1440x900 or medium at 1680x1050. I also have an i5 processor, though, so I don't know what kind of processor bottleneck you will see. It's about as powerful as a GTX 550 Ti or a Radeon 7750 to put it into perspective of newer cards.

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October 20, 2012 7:41:26 AM

gomilly said:
My psu doesnt even have a six pin pcie cord :p 


That's because it is not powerful enough to run a GPU that would require one.
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October 20, 2012 9:04:50 AM

envy14tpe said:
A 5770 is a really weak card but here is a benchmark with it. $89 for a 5770, is that NZ dollars? Get a 7750 or 7770.
]http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1059/42148134.jpg

Yeah thats nz dollars. Im on a really tight buget so i will probably just wait untill a good deal comes up or when i have enough for a new gtx 560 then
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October 20, 2012 9:10:00 AM

envy14tpe said:
A 5770 is a really weak card but here is a benchmark with it. $89 for a 5770, is that NZ dollars? Get a 7750 or 7770.
]http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1059/42148134.jpg

Thank you for this informative graph. You say get a 7750 or 7750 how well do they perform on bf3?
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October 20, 2012 2:32:10 PM

Stay to your budget. If you can, get a 7770, and you'll be able to play on Medium with good fps. This chart I pulled off techspot.com has the game at "High" setting. From this you can see it will get great fps. If the 7770 is still too expensive then get the 7750 or 550Ti.

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October 20, 2012 2:58:58 PM

envy14tpe said:
Stay to your budget. If you can, get a 7770, and you'll be able to play on Medium with good fps. This chart I pulled off techspot.com has the game at "High" setting. From this you can see it will get great fps. If the 7770 is still too expensive then get the 7750 or 550Ti.
]http://imageshack.us/a/img35/4880/captureaig.jpg

ok great thank you for that. exactly what i needed to see. i noticed that the hd 7750 is a very low power consuming card. would that mean i could run it with my 300w psu?
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October 20, 2012 2:59:41 PM

Best answer selected by gomilly.
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October 20, 2012 3:12:06 PM

You will need at LEAST a 400W PSU. 2012 GPUs are less power hungry, but you still need to have the minimum power requirement or you will have issues. To save money you could get a 550 and a new PSU. Shop around, and look for people selling GPUs that are under warranty. Some people sell GPUs cuz they want to upgrade (I did). I bought a 560Ti and sold it after 3 months. It was great, but I wanted the new generation card and I wanted to play BF3 on Ultra. The buyer got a like new GPU for $30 less than the price of a new one, and got the full warranty.

About the AMD cards, the 7750 and 7770 are almost the same in terms of power consumption. There is no way around it, you'll need a new PSU, 400W minimum.
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October 21, 2012 1:47:47 AM

What's funny is that your chart shows a 6770 beating the 7750 and 550 Ti. The 6770 and the 5770 are the same card! So he'd be better off (or no worse) getting that used 5770 over the 7750 or 550 Ti.




envy14tpe said:
Stay to your budget. If you can, get a 7770, and you'll be able to play on Medium with good fps. This chart I pulled off techspot.com has the game at "High" setting. From this you can see it will get great fps. If the 7770 is still too expensive then get the 7750 or 550Ti.
]http://imageshack.us/a/img35/4880/captureaig.jpg

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October 21, 2012 4:03:27 AM

i have found an hd 5750 for $90 nz.
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October 21, 2012 6:48:01 AM

gomilly said:
i have found an hd 5750 for $90 nz.


If you don't mind waiting a week or two you could keep shopping for a 5770. Yes, the 6770 is the essentially the same as the 5770. At medium setting the 5770 is pretty good, and probably beats the 550Ti.
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October 21, 2012 12:03:52 PM

Gtx 275 is at $120 nz atm. I will keep an eye on it. Otherwise there is a gtx 550 ti for $180 and a 520w psu for $80
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