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Not sure which would help more, GPU or CPU. I think my Q9550, especially clocked this high would be more than fine, no? Should I go for a GPU upgrade, or SB?
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If you get a 580, that would be real good. If you get more than that, you may run into bottlenecking. You can get a 2500k and a gen 3 board and wait for the Pci3.0 cards to come out and you would be good.
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Originally Posted by Smykster View Post
Not sure which would help more, GPU or CPU. I think my Q9550, especially clocked this high would be more than fine, no? Should I go for a GPU upgrade, or SB?
I think your system will run BF3 nicely but i agree with you that a GPU upgrade would be more beneficial. If you do decide to upgrade consider long term issues and sustainability as opposed to upgrading just for a single game. It may work in your interest to hang on and take on a bigger upgrade when some of the new hardware arrives.

Have fun!
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For BF3 and most modern games GPU is the most important upgrade. Your CPU with that overclock is quite a powerhouse, and is enough for the time being.
 
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When I went from a Q9650 which was overclock to 4.2Ghz 24/7 to the i7 it helped a lot, but I was running 480's in SLI at the time.
GPU upgrade might help too but your still going to have the CPU holding you back.
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I would see if you can hold off for a few months with the hd5870, then get next-gen GPU. At least wait another week until the game drops to make sure you even need to. Maybe with better drivers, and patches DICE have made since beta performance won't be as bad.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/17/11 at 7:59am
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To tell you the truth, I have a 2500k @ 5ghz and only 1 480 hooked up right now. I was playing the BF3 beta for a while and on a 1080p 55" tv, I was at 80-130fps with maxed settings. Just for a reference. You may be fine not even upgrading at all. Or you can get a 2nd 5870 for real cheap and run Crossfire. 2 5870's is pretty fast. I had 2 for a while and loved them. That would be your cheapest way out and I bet you would be over 100fps all times with maxed settings.

Unless the real game is that much harder than the beta. Not sure if the beta was in Dx11 either. Wasn't paying attention
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Dude you're fine. I'm happily running mid-40s FPS with my slower Q9300 and a GTX 460 @1680x1050 high settings. Don't expect 1920x1200 Ultra settings or anything, but you'll do at least as well as me. On this nVidia card I'm also running beta drivers so it could get better.
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Hmm this is though.

I think Hd 5870 will run the game fine. But the DX11 part will make it run a bit choppy time to time.

The other side is that BF3 is a CPU intensive game as well... So upgrading your CPU will be a good choice as well.

I'll suggest to upgrade your CPU and Motherboard, Use the same card for a bit longer untill you save enought to buy the best card you can afford by that time. 2nd gen i5 or i7 will last you enough time.
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I suggest you get the game and play it!! You will be fine. If you have problems after you get it, then decide if you need more power. That will also let you know how much you will need.

I'm sure you will be fine!!
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