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    Upgrading stuttering computer.

    Hello.

    I'd like to upgrade my computer since i have problems running Battlefield 3 at highest details.. I have cash for a new cpu/motherboard or a new graphic card. What would benefit more?

    I also feel like my computer is freezing, could that be a HDD issue or cpu?

    Setup:
    RES: 1680x1050
    CPU: AMD 1055T X6
    GPU: 6870 ATI
    HDD 7200 rpm 500 gb
    RAM: 2x2 gb

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    Both are about equally weak. Is the CPU overclocked?

    Grab something that reads the drive's SMART status and see if there are any bad sectors.

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    Did you do a re-installation/repair of BF3 to check if that fixed anything?
    Did you do a CLEAN re-installation of the latest Catalyst drivers? Use DriverSweeper.

    Also your CPU is alright I guess (could do with overclocking), GPU could be upgraded to a HD7950/GTX670/7970...what make/model is your PSU and what's your total upgrading budget?

    Really though, a 6870 should be enough for smooth gaming at 1680x1050 / medium settings. In multiplayer Medium barely looks different from Ultra, you should be busy either being blinded by the sun or blurred by suppression.

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    I have a corsair CX600. My budget is 600 $.

    I tryed reinstalling the system and ran wow/bf3, i have bad issues trying to play them at high settings.

    ---------- Post added 2012-11-26 at 06:11 PM ----------

    I've been thinking about buying an cooler and overclocking it, would that be as good as the i5 3570 if i can get the same ghz?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    I've been thinking about buying an cooler and overclocking it, would that be as good as the i5 3570 if i can get the same ghz?
    No sir, definitely not. i5 3570 = Ivy Bridge = the architecture is the latest shit available and far more powerful. But overclocking is still a method to extend the performance of what you already have
    Last edited by Xuvial; 2012-11-26 at 07:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuvial View Post
    No sir, definitely not. i5 3570's architecture is the latest shit available and far more powerful. But overclocking is still a method to extend the performance of what you already have

    Forgot to ask you the most important thing, what's your motherboard make/model? No point even getting into OC'ing if the motherboard isn't up to scratch.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128451

    I see :/ If i had to upgrade something that benefits my system as a whole, what would you suggest?
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    Bah, edited too late. This is what I had typed out earlier:

    edit: wait wait wait, you have a CX600 and a $600 budget....that's more than enough for a whole new set of parts!

    CPU: i5 3570K - $220
    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro3 - $95
    RAM: G.Skill 8GB 1600mhz - $25
    Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia - $20 / CM Hyper212 - $25 ($15 after rebate!)
    GPU: Gigabyte HD7870 - $240
    Total: $600


    Yeah, I know I'm pretty much abusing your budget since you'll be going slightly over with shipping.


    So 3 options:
    > Risk an overclock with that budget board
    > Buy only the CPU/Mobo/RAM/Cooler (will cost $360-370) and stick with HD6870 for now, lower settings down to medium.
    > Go all-out with a GPU upgrade to something like an HD7950/7970. It will ultimately benefit BF3 framerates more since it's a GPU bound game.
    Last edited by Xuvial; 2012-11-26 at 07:46 PM. Reason: head-desk moment

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    Wouldn't a normal 660 be slower than 7870? At least looking at the very chart you posted.

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    Woops, didn't see that properly because every card is mentioned twice on that chart. ARGH. Yeah go with 7870.

    *headdesk*
    Last edited by Xuvial; 2012-11-26 at 07:44 PM.

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    I am in a worse boat with the CPU, I am still on a phenom II 955. I can play BF3 on ultra settings at 1080p though, because I have two GTX 470s. It is old, but it is plenty. Try upgrading the video card and some ram and see if it gets you where you want to be.

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    So much help, thank you guys.

    I have kingston hyperx ddr3 1600 ram, I think I will keep on those for the moment.

    Decided to change the cpu/motherboard and I'll probaly grab a new gfx card soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    Hello.

    I'd like to upgrade my computer since i have problems running Battlefield 3 at highest details.. I have cash for a new cpu/motherboard or a new graphic card. What would benefit more?

    I also feel like my computer is freezing, could that be a HDD issue or cpu?

    Setup:
    RES: 1680x1050
    CPU: AMD 1055T X6
    GPU: 6870 ATI
    HDD 7200 rpm 500 gb
    RAM: 2x2 gb

    - Toffie

    HDD's and even SSD's are the biggest bottlenecks of any PC.

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