Upgrading to improve performance in Planetside 2

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#1 Posted by biggest_loser (24273 posts) -

Good evening gentlemen.

An anonymous donor wishes to upgrade their system to improve the performance of Planetside 2: The Video Game!

Currently, they can run it on low settings with the following specs:

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz

6 GB RAM

ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2

What would they have to upgrade to do this?

Some suggestions on a new video card would help.

Thanks gang!!

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#2 Posted by Guppy507 (17401 posts) -
Probably time for a full upgrade. 3570k, z77 motherboard, and video card depends on how much you want to spend.
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#3 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
PS2 is all about the CPU.
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#4 Posted by XainaReinhardt (25 posts) -
Hey, this is the person in question. I've only got like $200 to spare so a full upgrade is out of the question. I'd like to know which out of GPU or CPU would give me the best boost in performance. I'm fairly out of the loop when it comes to computer hardware. If anyone could suggest cheaper alternatives to throwing down 200 dollars on one of these things so I could upgrade both that would be helpful as well. Oh yeah, I'm also talking American dollars here.
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#5 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
either overclock the cpu to 3GHz+ or try to find something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NICE-Intel-Core-2-Quad-Core-Extreme-Edition-3-0Ghz-QX6850-CPU-Processor-LGA775-/190775890837?pt=CPUs&hash=item2c6b211395
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#6 Posted by SalikSST (261 posts) -

get a decent used cpu from ebay like C2Q Q9650 & if you expand your budget a little more get a geforce GTX 550-560 or Raden HD 6850-6870 card if you can afford it as above stated this game is CPU intensive so CPU upgrade should be top priority because your current CPU is kinda slow for that game

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#7 Posted by superclocked (5864 posts) -
What model motherboard and power supply does it have? Your best bet would likely be to upgrade the CPU cooler, overclock it, and get a new videocard...
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#8 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Q9650 ends up costing more than i5 3570k.
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#9 Posted by bbsanchezi (25 posts) -
i think so,Your best bet would likely be to upgrade the CPU cooler, overclock it, and get a new videocard.thanks for your sharing
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#10 Posted by ionusX (25760 posts) -

switch the videocard for a nice single gpu. ditch the 4850x2 dual gpu's suck absolute bollocks. get yourself a nice hd 6870 and mop the floor with the stupid 4800x2 series

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#11 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -

switch the videocard for a nice single gpu. ditch the 4850x2 dual gpu's suck absolute bollocks. get yourself a nice hd 6870 and mop the floor with the stupid 4800x2 series

ionusX
and still have low fps cause the game is CPU bound.... upgrading his gpu is barely going to achieve anything as noticeably as faster cpu cycles.
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#12 Posted by ClassicRockFTW (1106 posts) -

PS2 is a poorly optimized game anyway.

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#13 Posted by ionusX (25760 posts) -

[QUOTE="ionusX"]

switch the videocard for a nice single gpu. ditch the 4850x2 dual gpu's suck absolute bollocks. get yourself a nice hd 6870 and mop the floor with the stupid 4800x2 series

darksusperia

and still have low fps cause the game is CPU bound.... upgrading his gpu is barely going to achieve anything as noticeably as faster cpu cycles.

it will when amd drops support for all dual gpu's piror to dx11 (hd 5970 and 5870x2). the 4800x2, 3800x2 series cards just flatout dont work with alot of games anymore. or did u not know that?

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#14 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

Game just has crap optimisation.

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#15 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

Game just has crap optimisation.

kraken2109
Does it? It can't be that bad, it feels like I never get less than 60 FPS in that game with settings maxed with an i7 930 and GTX 670. I'm sure the OP could run the game on decently high settings if he was willing to overclock that CPU and pop in a new GPU. What kind of budget are we working with here?
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#16 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

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#17 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

James161324

Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

benchie

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#18 Posted by ClassicRockFTW (1106 posts) -

[QUOTE="James161324"]

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

KHAndAnime

Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

PS2 a comprably above-average looking game gets 45 FPS on a 7950 LOL yeah right.

Besides the games not THAT good.

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#19 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

[QUOTE="James161324"]

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

KHAndAnime

Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

benchie

Not 1080p and its an old build. Plus those benchmarks are crap, i know many people with 680's dropping to 30-40

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#20 Posted by ShadowDeathX (11665 posts) -
Of course it won't look bad on that. That rig is running an Intel i7-3930k
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#21 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9703 posts) -

Not 1080p and its an old build. Plus those benchmarks are crap, i know many people with 680's dropping to 30-40

James161324

Yeah, game runs like crap. I ran it with GTX 690 and it was still dropping frames. 1080 max settings.

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#22 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.James161324
On an i5-2500K overclocked to 4.6 GHz? Even that kind of CPU isn't enough for PlanetSide 2 if you want 60 FPS at all times? Damn, Haswell can't come soon enough. My Q6600 at 3.0 GHz can't even maintain 20 FPS in the densest firefights, and that's one of the reasons I'm feeling the upgrade itch more than ever. But this system still performs reasonably well with most other games...
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#23 Posted by ionusX (25760 posts) -

[QUOTE="James161324"]Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.NamelessPlayer
On an i5-2500K overclocked to 4.6 GHz? Even that kind of CPU isn't enough for PlanetSide 2 if you want 60 FPS at all times? Damn, Haswell can't come soon enough. My Q6600 at 3.0 GHz can't even maintain 20 FPS in the densest firefights, and that's one of the reasons I'm feeling the upgrade itch more than ever. But this system still performs reasonably well with most other games...

the game was also optimized by a consolite who thinks 30fps is wicked sick

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#24 Posted by ShadowDeathX (11665 posts) -

[QUOTE="James161324"]Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.NamelessPlayer
On an i5-2500K overclocked to 4.6 GHz? Even that kind of CPU isn't enough for PlanetSide 2 if you want 60 FPS at all times? Damn, Haswell can't come soon enough. My Q6600 at 3.0 GHz can't even maintain 20 FPS in the densest firefights, and that's one of the reasons I'm feeling the upgrade itch more than ever. But this system still performs reasonably well with most other games...

Yup still not enough. I think that game doesn't use the cores on the CPU correctly. I heard it only uses 2 cores correctly.

Also heard that there will be a huge optimization patch sometime in Jan.

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#25 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]

[QUOTE="James161324"]

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

James161324

Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

benchie

Not 1080p and its an old build. Plus those benchmarks are crap, i know many people with 680's dropping to 30-40

i7 3930k at 4.8ghz and it's 1680x1050. When I played i was getting like 20fps
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#26 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]

[QUOTE="James161324"]

Just wait, as of now it runs like crap on all machines. I drop to 30 fps in large fights on ultra.

James161324

Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

benchie

Not 1080p and its an old build. Plus those benchmarks are crap, i know many people with 680's dropping to 30-40

It's not far off from 1080p (cards with >1.5GB VRAM wouldn't see much of a hit from 1680x1050), and an old build suggests that the FPS is likely increased from what we see here. I'm not sure why everyone else here is having such a hard time running this game. Not sure what kind of battles people must be getting into to get such FPS drops. Irregardless, 30 FPS in a large battle isn't much to cry about, considering how large some of the battles can get in that game.
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#27 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

[QUOTE="James161324"]

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"] Sure about that? Like I said, I haven't seen it dip under 60 ever since I started playing, no matter what's going on onscreen. Looking at benchmarks, I'm led to believe it heavily favors NVIDIA cards.

benchie

KHAndAnime

Not 1080p and its an old build. Plus those benchmarks are crap, i know many people with 680's dropping to 30-40

It's not far off from 1080p (cards with >1.5GB VRAM wouldn't see much of a hit from 1680x1050), and an old build suggests that the FPS is likely increased from what we see here. I'm not sure why everyone else here is having such a hard time running this game. Not sure what kind of battles people must be getting into to get such FPS drops. Irregardless, 30 FPS in a large battle isn't much to cry about, considering how large some of the battles can get in that game.

When you used to 60 fps all the time, 30 fps sucks. Plus its annoying how it goes from 100% usage with no battles to 50% in battles for my gpu