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Hey. I play competitive BF3, and as soon as I get my internet upgraded to 100/10 I would like to start streaming some more. The problem is I really need 100+ FPS at all times (I use a 120 Hz monitor). I currently play with everything on Low at 1920x1080, with my FPS capped at 121. It's usually stable at 121. If I don't cap it it goes from 100-200 FPS. I've tried recording with Fraps, Afterburner and Dxtory. Of those three, Dxtory worked the best. Fraps and Afterburner dropped my FPS to 60-80. Dxtory drops it to around 100, but also 80-90 sometimes which is kind of annoying. When I'm going to stream, I will probably use Dxtory + Xsplit.

So, the question is, what do I need to upgrade to decrease my fps drop? I've been thinking about getting a used 5870/5850 to trifire with my 5970. I've also been thinking about getting 8 gb RAM, as I only have 4 gb at the moment. I don't really want to upgrade the whole CPU/mobo combo, as I guess this will be pretty expensive.
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A second drive just for Dxtory may help (Not as significant as another GPU).
Fraps reccomends doing so as does plenty of the other recorders out there. Unless you play BF3 off of the SSD and reccord/Stream off of the HDD.

I'd say 4GB more and see from there. Cheapest upgrade to do. If not another card for tri-fire if you can find a good price.
Edited by ivr56 - 1/26/12 at 1:00am
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Hey. I play competitive BF3, and as soon as I get my internet upgraded to 100/10 I would like to start streaming some more. The problem is I really need 100+ FPS at all times (I use a 120 Hz monitor). I currently play with everything on Low at 1920x1080, with my FPS capped at 121. It's usually stable at 121. If I don't cap it it goes from 100-200 FPS. I've tried recording with Fraps, Afterburner and Dxtory. Of those three, Dxtory worked the best. Fraps and Afterburner dropped my FPS to 60-80. Dxtory drops it to around 100, but also 80-90 sometimes which is kind of annoying. When I'm going to stream, I will probably use Dxtory + Xsplit.
So, the question is, what do I need to upgrade to decrease my fps drop? I've been thinking about getting a used 5870/5850 to trifire with my 5970. I've also been thinking about getting 8 gb RAM, as I only have 4 gb at the moment. I don't really want to upgrade the whole CPU/mobo combo, as I guess this will be pretty expensive.

Your cpu is fine! i would throw in an HD 7970 into the mix though that would help you achieve what you are looking for!
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A second drive just for Dxtory may help (Not as significant as another GPU).
Fraps reccomends doing so as does plenty of the other recorders out there. Unless you play BF3 off of the SSD and reccord/Stream off of the HDD.
I'd say 4GB more and see from there. Cheapest upgrade to do. If not another card for tri-fire if you can find a good price.

Pretty much this. Recording programs eat up storage drives, so make sure you're recording to a 2nd drive.
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I'm always recording to my Spinpoint F1, which writes at a speed of around 100 MB/s. BF3 is stored on my SSD. As for the 7970 suggestion, this would mean I'd have to sell my 5970, and that could be really hard as I live in Norway. I'm probably going to buy a 8 gb Corsair Vengeance set, as the memory I already got can't be bought here in Norway, and I'm not sure how mixing memory would be.
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Mixing memory's a bad idea imo.. Basically every mobo manufacturer advices against it, since they're doing it Dual-Channel Style..
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Should I choose 1600 MHz Cl8 or 1866 MHz Cl9? Both are Corsair Vengeance.
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Bought 8 gb of Vengeance RAM. I guess the next suitable upgrade would be the GPU. I don't want to throw out my 5970 yet, so I'll continue to look for a 5870/5850 used. Thanks for all the answers so far, + rep.
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