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Radeon HD 4890

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September 3, 2012 2:49:11 AM

Evening everyone,

I currently have a Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 graphics card with 870 Core Speed and 1050 Mem clock speed and I am trying to play BF3 on my system.

My system follows
CPU- Core 2 Quad Q6600
Mobo- Intel DG965WH
Ram- 4 Gb Corsair DDR2
PSU- Corsair 750 Watt
Windows 7

I know my system is getting old but it is well beyond the minimum specs and I only get on average 30-35 fps on low. I feel i should be getting a little higher at least 45-50 on low settings. I am fine with low because I come from the 360 where low even looks better than xbox version. Thanks for the help

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a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 3:11:05 AM

This is a little out of my area of knowledge but I believe this is caused because your card will only run DX 9, BF3 uses DX 11 which runs more efficently, since the game is running with DX 9 instead it slows it down.
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 3:37:27 AM

you never stated your res

Edit: the problem is your cpu if it was oced it would do a lot better
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a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 3:48:49 AM

you still never stated your res and no it can not run DX 11
September 3, 2012 3:49:53 AM

The gpu can run in directx 10 and even 11. I have a Mobo that I can not OC so that really isn't an option until I replace my componets. I am trying to keep the system going for another year or two.
September 3, 2012 3:58:07 AM

my resolution is currently 1280x768 on a Dell LCD 30in display. And you are correct I view the wrong card when looking the directx capability. It can only do 10 which is fine for bf3
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 4:03:34 AM

you defiantly have a cpu bottleneck

I play BF3 at 1280x720 everything set to high and i get 40-70 FPS and i have a HD 4870 1GB
September 3, 2012 4:07:24 AM

damn I really didnt want to have to upgrade my mobo and cpu at the moment. any recommendations for those?
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 4:08:57 AM

what's your budget
September 3, 2012 4:11:17 AM

honestly as cheap as possible maybe under 200$ would be ideal
September 3, 2012 4:28:17 AM

Even though it is a Dual core it will still run smoothly? sorry I have not kept up with pc improvements a lot since I started playing 360 ha so I am relearning all this
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 4:30:19 AM

yes the i3 is a very power cpu even though its a dual core
September 3, 2012 4:31:14 AM

How long would this system last if I added those upgrades?
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 4:44:18 AM

i'll say 2-3 years if you later upgrade the gpu
September 3, 2012 5:32:44 AM

cool thanks for the advice
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 5:41:45 AM

your very welcome
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 6:01:03 AM

No. Just NO.Battlefield 3 uses uses so many cores, that FX Series CPU's perform as well as Core i5's!
If you play multiplayer with a lot of players a dual core just won't cut it.

AMD FX 8120 - 145 USD

JetWay JTA98MG - 65 USD

And yes it IS a good motherboard
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 6:13:34 AM

That i3 will likely last a year at best. I would not recommend anything lower than a quad anymore. New games will require quad. Dual core simply doesn't cut it anymore. Its not "very powerful".