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November 11, 2012 10:06:47 PM

I currently have an i5 3570k,corsair 750w TX v2, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard and an antec 300 illusion case. I am going to be gaming at 1440x900p. I currently have a 400-450$ GPU budget. I want to be able to play every game *BF3 especially* on max settings including all anti-aliasing and all the visual stuff that makes the game look amazing. Could anyone recommend a good GPU to buy or maybe switch around what I should get? Also I have a 320gb HDD with windows vista 32bit on it. Should I take a look at that upgrade and dip on my GPU or monitor or what? Thanks in advance!

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November 11, 2012 10:09:43 PM

Well, since the resolution you play on is so low a 7850, or 650ti would be a good choice to max out BF3.

Though I'd spend $100-150 on a 1080P monitor, and the rest on a card like the 7870.
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November 11, 2012 10:12:31 PM

amuffin said:
Well, since the resolution you play on is so low a 7850, or 650ti would be a good choice to max out BF3.

Though I'd spend $100-150 on a 1080P monitor, and the rest on a card like the 7870.

What about a harddrive upgrade+OS? Wouldnt that bottleneck my components, and would those cards max it out fully with AA and everything?
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November 11, 2012 10:13:31 PM

7850 or GTX 660 are good enough to max anything at 900p, if you plan to upgrade to 1080p, you can go to 7870 or GTX 660 TI. Even those would be overkill at the resolution you are planing to play on.
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November 11, 2012 10:16:58 PM

The HDD has little to do with games, only load times depend on it. The only bad thing in your windows is that its limmited to less than 4 GB of memory, so that can cause a problem, but that can be solved later on. On that budged i suggest getting a 1080p monitor with the GPU too.
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November 11, 2012 10:19:33 PM

braincruser said:
The HDD has little to do with games, only load times depend on it. The only bad thing in your windows is that its limmited to less than 4 GB of memory, so that can cause a problem, but that can be solved later on. On that budged i suggest getting a 1080p monitor with the GPU too.

Since Im not really too too worried about resolution at this point. I may just get a new HDD and windows 7 64bit for now. Do you think that will be a good upgrade and make the system a bit faster?
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November 11, 2012 10:22:59 PM

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November 11, 2012 10:23:30 PM

1st off, why aren't you on a 64 bit OS? That will really be holding back your system. In that price range for GPU, you'll be looking at a gtx 670 ideally. If you were using 2 or more monitors i'd suggest a radeon card but for single monitor nVidia are better. Judging by your budget i assume you're american.
Anyway an MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, or EVGA gtx 670 would be best.
I would say the MSI is the best but people are reporting that the overvolting is causing problems. MSI is probably best for raw power, ASUS run very quitely, Gigabyte run cool, and EVGA are a mixture really i've heard the EVGA GTX 670 FTW is very good and is almost at gtx 680 performance (correct me if i'm wrong). Either way whichever card you get you'll be pleased.
MSI: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008BGXYAS/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...
ASUS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0081IFO2C/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...
Gigabyte: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0080I06WQ/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...
EVGA: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0083Y6MV6/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...
Hope this helps! :) 
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November 11, 2012 10:25:03 PM

Haha i started writing that as soon as the post was put on, too soon to jump to a best answer!
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November 11, 2012 10:35:55 PM

Faster no. Not by much. If you have 4 GB or less memory, i suggest against getting a 64 bit windows. It will actually be a downgrade. Games run just as fast on both windows vista and 7 so no change there either.

New hard drive is an improvement only if you are short on space. it will not speed up.(unless you get SSD, that is a huge improvement in responding, but not in games)

GPU is the best improvement to games you can buy. But only in games, and aplications that use it. For general stuff it will just be used as a space heater.

Summary: RAM-HDD-Windows 7 64-bit-> These are quality of life improvements, NOT speedups,especially not in games.
SSD: Improved response time, the browser will start faster, the windows will start faster and will simply feel faster, But not in games.
GPU: Good-Great speedup in games. More FPS Higher settings.
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