I enjoy all types of games. Currently I am trying out Planetside 2. With the setup I have currently I struggle in large areas or with lots going on. I dip down to about 15 fps with settings on Low.
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I've never attempted to overclock and not sure I should. My price range is maxed to roughly 350. I know my motherboard only supports the previous PCI slots of 2.0? If anyone has some suggestions to possibly upgrade to use the PCI 3.0 with graphics card I might be interested. Or possibly Crossfire/SLI?
Hopefully this information may help you put me on the right path. Again thanks for any help you can give me!
I just picked up a Radeon HD 7850 2gb on Black Friday for $140 after mail-in rebate and it runs great. Running Assassin's Creed 3 at max settings at 1920x1080. I read it runs well for BF3 at max too. You can still grab one for about $180 and you probably won't need more than that for quite a while (at 1920x1080). If you are running a higher resolution like 2560x1440, then you will need at least a HD 7950 3gb to run ultra settings smoothly on games like BF3.
PCI 3.0 is only on Intel boards at the moment. PCI 3.0 really only has roughly a 5% performance advantage in most situations. Unless you are really trying to push it to the limit in terms of performance, you're not really going to notice a difference between PCI 2.0 and PCI 3.0.
PS. Make sure you download the latest drivers. It makes a huge difference, especially with Radeon cards.