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So how is that extra ram on the graphics card (2gb) going to equate to better performance if I am also upgrading to 16 GB of ddr3?
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So how is that extra ram on the graphics card (2gb) going to equate to better performance if I am also upgrading to 16 GB of ddr3?

Extra VRAM, different that the system RAM. BF3 can use upto 1.2GB of VRAM when playing on a 64 man map. It can use even more if you are running eyefinity, or anything over 1920x1200.

VRAM is dedicated RAM on the video card.

When playing BF3, i don't break the 5GB RAM usage anymore. Not after the last couple patches. 8GB of RAM is enough.
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When playing BF3, i don't break the 5GB RAM usage anymore. Not after the last couple patches. 8GB of RAM is enough.

I don't have a single problem with 4gb smile.gif
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post #14 of 31
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So how is that extra ram on the graphics card (2gb) going to equate to better performance if I am also upgrading to 16 GB of ddr3?

Extra VRAM just means you can crank out higher settings and not have to worry about a VRAM wall being hit. 1GB is "enough" still by today's standards on any game at 1080p. BF3 uses as much VRAM as it has available, but 1GB is enough to max it out...assuming the GPU can do it.

Pick a card based off what the card is.....not how much VRAM it has.
 
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What would be your thoughts on this....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563

How would it perform on BF3?
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I think a 6870 would be a major increase from a 3870x2. That would be really noticeable.
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post #17 of 31
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What would be your thoughts on this....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563
How would it perform on BF3?

Honestly, if your looking at that check this out.

$209.99 after MIR.

Or an extra 1GB of VRAM for $30 more.. Link
 
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What would be your thoughts on this....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563

How would it perform on BF3?

Its not bad but I would look for a used 6950 though.
here you go http://www.overclock.net/t/1174340/msi-hd-6950-twin-frozr-ii-2gb/0_100
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What resolution are you gaming on?

If you buy a used 6950 2gb, make sure it's either MSI, ASUS or an XFX. MSI and ASUS both verify their warranty by the serial number on the card, so you can be the 2nd, 3rd or 4th owner of the card and still get warranty service as long as its still under warranty indicated by the serial. For the XFX make sure you verify with seller that the warranty can be transferred for the XFX, they have one-time transferable warranty.
    
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1440x900 Acer monitor (I think it's 19 inch).....though eyefinity with 3 monitors may be a future option....
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