Need help upgrading my system

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#1 Posted by Devoo55 (3000 posts) -

Hello, I am a Battlefield 3 player and I basically built my computer for Battlefield... I'm not feeling satisfied with the FPS, as I'm getting some lag even running on High, so I would like to upgrade my computer to get possibly Ultra graphic settings... I don't want to go OVERBOARD and spend a crazy amount for this, but I want it working BF3 on Ultra and have no issue running BF4 when it is released...

So here are my specs below, please tell me what I need to upgrade to fix my graphic setting issues.

Also, could you pleasew explain what the process would be? I have never upgraded before, but I did manage to put the thing together, lol.. Would I lose my OS and programs if switching out a processor or motherboard?

 

It would be greatly appreciated.

 

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#2 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7344 posts) -

Budget? I think 7870 would be solid.

#3 Posted by Devoo55 (3000 posts) -

$300 Max. I looked this up: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

You're saying that would do me good? Should I also upgrade my motherboard? Or is that unnecessary? And how do you switch out a processor? Do you lose any files or anything?

#4 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7344 posts) -

This should max it out for bf3, checkout the youtube channels. The game itself does get very demanding in 64 player situation, so is natural to take a few clicks down. Personally I turn everything down on MP so the game runs much smoother. Upgrading a gpu is very straightforward, unplug card and take it out, plug new card in place, and install new drivers.

You may or may not need an upgrade for bf4, I don't know since the game is not out yet obviously. If you upgrade you most likely need a new socket in other words motherboard which is best to reformat.

#5 Posted by MonsieurX (29490 posts) -
Cheapest option? Another 6850 in crossfire
#6 Posted by Devoo55 (3000 posts) -

K sorry boys, I meant to ask if I only need to change out the video card? Or should I change my processor? Because my CPU Usage hits 100% whilst playing BF3 on high.

#7 Posted by JohnF111 (14051 posts) -
Get a 212+ and overclock your chip to 4.0Ghz+ and you should be fine. Shouldn't cost more than $40-50.
#8 Posted by Devoo55 (3000 posts) -
What if I replaced my 6850 for a 7850/70? Would it be compatible with my motherboard? Or would I need to replace?
#9 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7344 posts) -

What if I replaced my 6850 for a 7850/70? Would it be compatible with my motherboard? Or would I need to replace?Devoo55

No, it'll work. Upgrading the gpu will be the biggest difference. Sell your old card to boost $$ if necessary.

#10 Posted by Postmortem123 (7640 posts) -

Overclock your CPU and get a 7870 xt or something.

#11 Posted by Devoo55 (3000 posts) -
Ok, so if I were to swap out my GPU for this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102998 That would be good? No need to replace Mobo or CPU? Reminder: I do have PCI Express 2.0 mobo, this GPU is calling for PCI Express 3.0... Are they compatible together?
#12 Posted by Postmortem123 (7640 posts) -

Yep it will be compatible, no problems there.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

This one is also good for an extra $20 after rebate, you'll get a bit more performance.

Your CPU would be fine with a bit of an overclock.

#13 Posted by godzillavskong (7891 posts) -

K sorry boys, I meant to ask if I only need to change out the video card? Or should I change my processor? Because my CPU Usage hits 100% whilst playing BF3 on high.

Devoo55
I hear BF3 is heavy on the CPU, although I think a GPU upgrade would help, and like monsieurx said, maybe Crossfiring another 6850. Then again, if I were gonna spend the $$ on another card , I would go ahead and just spend the little extra and get a stronger single card. I'm sick of my crossfired 6870s now. I'm going with a 7970 shortly.