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I'm sure a lot of BF3 threads will be on their way but atleast this isn't a "will this graphics cards run the game?" thread.

Anywho, I was running BF3 on 1900x1200 averaging about 28 fps. It was playing okay on single player, but for multiplayer I think a bit of boost would be helpful to really get that fps stabilized above 30.. This was on medium setting by the way.

I know stock coolings can be total garbage and I knew mine was far below garbage. After playing the game for 10 minutes I looked at temps and the GPU was running at 76C. I'm planning on upgrading my 1+ year old drivers to see if I can gain an FPS or two, but I was going to depend mainly on OCing to give me the extra boost. At 76C I dont think this card will get any OCing until an aftermarket cooler is installed. Did I mention the game was starting to artifact? I'd like to know what the potential of the 9800GT is. Is it going to be worth investing 60 bucks on a cooler to do some OCing or should I just get another card?

I'd like real answers and not just a "go get a better card" for the ease of it. Like I said, the 9800GT is holding it's own, and I'd like to see what the new drivers can do for it. And it handles all my other graphic work just fine(photoshop, light rooom, etc) so I dont want to change graphic cards for a single 50 dollar game unless all hope is lost.
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Whats the rest of your system like? CPU/Mem? Can't really recommend a better videocard if your system can't push it.
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If you want playable resolutions with that card, do what I had to do..bump down the resolution. Graphics settings don't make a whole lot difference because most the graphic demanding stuff is even still enabled at low settings.
I'm having to play at 1280x960 to get steady about 40FPS, low of 30 high of probably 50-60's in certain areas. 1680x1050 I get about 20-30fps, too sluggish to consider it playable.

You'd be better off putting that 60 bucks toward a newer card rather than a heatsink for a outdated card

I'm like you, up until BF3, I was usually able to run most games on high settings 1680x1050...but bf3..it's just too demanding.
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76 is absolutely fine for graphics cards. Don't get a new cooler for such an old card.
It's considered ok up to 90C so yes you can OC IMO.
Also, photoshop doesn't use graphics cards at all? Not sure about that though.
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I'm sure a lot of BF3 threads will be on their way but atleast this isn't a "will this graphics cards run the game?" thread.

Anywho, I was running BF3 on 1900x1200 averaging about 28 fps. It was playing okay on single player, but for multiplayer I think a bit of boost would be helpful to really get that fps stabilized above 30.. This was on medium setting by the way.

I know stock coolings can be total garbage and I knew mine was far below garbage. After playing the game for 10 minutes I looked at temps and the GPU was running at 76C. I'm planning on upgrading my 1+ year old drivers to see if I can gain an FPS or two, but I was going to depend mainly on OCing to give me the extra boost. At 76C I dont think this card will get any OCing until an aftermarket cooler is installed. Did I mention the game was starting to artifact? I'd like to know what the potential of the 9800GT is. Is it going to be worth investing 60 bucks on a cooler to do some OCing or should I just get another card?

I'd like real answers and not just a "go get a better card" for the ease of it. Like I said, the 9800GT is holding it's own, and I'd like to see what the new drivers can do for it. And it handles all my other graphic work just fine(photoshop, light rooom, etc) so I dont want to change graphic cards for a single 50 dollar game unless all hope is lost.
If your considering spending 60 bucks on a after market cooler, id say save it and put it towards a new card... you say it was starting to artifact good sign it might be on its way out anyway, what's the point in buying a cooler for something that might only last another 6 months then have to buy a new card anyway?
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I say, sell the card and get a better one.

The best you can do with that 9800GT would be to change the stock TIM and replace it with something better for lower temps for OC, the hardware itself is limiting.

Getting an aftermarket cooler for like $30 aint worth it.
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Get a better card, just saying...
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I would take that 60 you have sell the 9800Gt an buy a gtx460 should be able to find one used around 100.
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Might have to go with the 460 route. I thought the artifacting was due to over heating. As far as my system goes I have a Core 2 Duo E6300 conroe OC'd to 3GHz on an Asus P5B-E. Also 4 gigs of good old DDR2 ram. It is definitely an old build but it still keeps up half decent.

the new drivers are total ****. FPS stablizes at 18 now.Hopefully I still have the old drivers in the NVIDIA folder.
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Getting a newer card would stop a lot of heartache that goes along with trying to run new games on old hardware. Regardless if you can't upgrade, why not get another one and SLI them?


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