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I have an Alienware m17-r1 with 4 gb of ram and 3870x2, my question is how much long will this card be good for? And what I mean by that is gaming? Like will I be able to play BF3 on it?
post #2 of 11
That is quite an old graphics card. It will last until your not satisfied with the performance though.
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I expect it will run the game, low res/ med settings. I heard BF3 will not support XP, but I guess it will support DX9. Otherwise that's a good chunk of the market lost.
 
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post #4 of 11
That really depends. The 3870x2 is roughly equivalent to a 4870/4890 give or take a few FPS. Given that those 2 cards are in the same range as the more current GTS 540/GTX 550Ti and HD 6770/6790, I would probably look to upgrade if you plan on playing BF3 on relatively decent settings at your current resolution. But, I'm no expert and the comparisons I gave could be off a bit. Just my opinion
post #5 of 11
A single 4870 is quite a bit faster than a 3870x2. I would suggest upgrading to a 5770 or a 6850/70.
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You guys realize this is a laptop right? I doubt the cost of a GPU upgrade is worth it..
 
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post #7 of 11
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Well like I said in the original post, its my laptop, so upgrading GFX card is not an option.
post #8 of 11
Didn't realize that in the OP til I looked at the model number you gave At any rate, If you're looking for respectable FPS in BF3, I'd definitely look into getting a new laptop. At least you have about 5 months to save up
post #9 of 11
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true true, or build a new desktop
post #10 of 11
Here is the link to the BF3 site with the minimum and recommended specifications:

http://enterbf3.com/battlefield-3-mi...quirements.php

Definitely looks like you'll be needing a new laptop.
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