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In the last month I've spent over $500 upgrading my PC just to play BF3...and now I remember why I've always played on Xbox: PC is just one massive disappointment.

How in the world does a 6970 and a 4.0ghz quad core CPU not max BF3 at 1024*768? Unless I lower everything to Medium I won't get steady 60+FPS. And no, the CPU is not a bottleneck. I'm convinced that gaming is best left to consoles, it's ridiculously cheaper and there's hardly any difference in gameplay. I compared Bad Company 2 on my Xbox to my PC running maxed and I didn't notice anything warranting my $500 investment.

Now I know there's more to a gaming PC than just playing games, people like building and upgrading them like cars. But for anyone actually interested in gaming, consoles seem to be the way to go.

Just wanted to get this off my mind, I still can't believe I spent all that money for practically nothing. Flame away.
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ur doing it wrong....

I get 40-50FPS on HIGH with my GTX 460 which is alot less powerful then your 6950.
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Somethings wrong then I get 60-70 on ultra with my sig setup lowest I have seen it go is like 56fps
    
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Your bottleneck is the CPU. At that low of a resolution, the GPU isn't being utilized to it's full potential. Either increase your resolution or get a new CPU (or overclock that bad boy).

Also, make sure that you have the latest drivers for your card.
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I have to agree with the others. When I turn off crossfire on my 6950's, I still get around 40 fps on ultra on 1080 resolution.
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post #8 of 61
Well, some considerations:

1) I really think there's something wrong with your configs, as I believe you should be getting way better quality. I don't play bf3, but I saw my cousin playing it with a rig similar to yours, and the visuals are awesome.

2) You're right if you don't care about the quality differences. If you have as much fun on a xbox 360 as you have playing on a high end rig, plus you have so particular pleasure in building PCs... well, PC gaming may be not for you. Nothing wrong with that, we're all gamers.

In the end, YOU are your best measure. If I were in your shoes, I'd be a console player. Alas, I take far too much pleasure in messing with new tech, spending $$ and seeing things in ridiculous high settings.

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post #9 of 61
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Originally Posted by Anonymous305 View Post
Somethings wrong then I get 60-70 on ultra with my sig setup lowest I have seen it go is like 56fps
Exactly I'm sick of all the troubleshooting. Something always goes wrong.

EDIT: No trust me I wouldn't give in this easily. I monitored my system extensively and at worst I'd see 85% CPU usage, GPU always hovered around 90-95. I'm fairly confident that the CPU isn't bottle necking the GPU. If I play at 1280*1024 with the same quality presets, FPS drops by about 15. So again, pretty sure it's not the CPU.
Edited by naizarak - 10/29/11 at 5:51pm
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In the last month I've spent over $500 upgrading my PC just to play BF3...and now I remember why I've always played on Xbox: PC is just one massive disappointment.

How in the world does a 6970 and a 4.0ghz quad core CPU not max BF3 at 1024*768? Unless I lower everything to Medium I won't get steady 60+FPS. And no, the CPU is not a bottleneck. I'm convinced that gaming is best left to consoles, it's ridiculously cheaper and there's hardly any difference in gameplay. I compared Bad Company 2 on my Xbox to my PC running maxed and I didn't notice anything warranting my $500 investment.

Now I know there's more to a gaming PC than just playing games, people like building and upgrading them like cars. But for anyone actually interested in gaming, consoles seem to be the way to go.

Just wanted to get this off my mind, I still can't believe I spent all that money for practically nothing. Flame away.

You doing it wrong. I get steady 80+ fps with 3240x1920 ( 3x 1920x1080 monitors in portrait) with a 4.1ghz phenom II x4 and HD 6950 tri-fire ( not OC). EDIT: max settings with AA off and post AA on.

I cannot see how you can get less than 60 with a monitor with less than 1080p.

Did you ever consider wrong drivers?

Clearly you are doing something wrong, the problem is not with the computer but with what's between the chair and the keyboard .

No offence.
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