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Upgrade for DayZ (Not Ultra)

December 2, 2012 4:20:02 PM

Hey, I built this in 2008-09:

Phenom II X3 710 @ 2.6GHz
GeForce GTS 250 1GB
2x 512GB HDDs in RAID0

It was a great PC but can no longer keep up. I realise that the RV engine is very CPU intensive, caused by AI, draw distance, vehicles, e.t.c. But seeing as DayZ is dumbing down the zombies substantially to improve performance in this area, I believe my graphics card is the primary bottleneck at this time. If you believe otherwise, please suggest a plan of action on a budget (e.g. AM3, so I can keep my M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe).

I have to play DayZ on the lowest settings if I want to maintain a 20 fps average in complex scenes. Out in the forest, I can push some details up, but the hit is significant. I would like to play the game with low quality AA at 1080p and a mix of medium to very high on the rest. My demands are not great, so I do not need suggestions to get the latest £200- £300 super GPU. I'm only going to play DayZ, FIFA 13, Skyrim and other current gen games on this PC. Ultra settings are not important, only consistent frame rates and the standard mod-cons.

My ideal card would fall somewhere in the range of £80- £150.

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