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I want to run BF3 smoothly on at least medium settings (I can't stand when my framerate drops below 30 in shooters), and I was wondering how much of a jump I'd have to make in terms of a video card to get this kind of performance.

Maybe my system is bottlenecked by the CPU, but it is currently running at 3.0 GHz as an X3 unlocked to an X4.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
Should I wait? Or should I bite the bullet and buy a new card now.
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my 6870 can run BF3 all high no AA at 1920x1080 with fps always above 30. So 460/560/6850/6870 will work for you
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What's your budget?

Recently on Newegg the 560ti Twin Frozr III 448-core edition by MSI was on sale for $249 after MIR and included a free copy of one of the Batman Arkham games (can't recall which one)

I believe your CPU would indeed be your limiting factor, but just for reference I know my brother's HD 6770M paired with an i5-2410M can play BF3 quite smoothly on medium settings (1366x768 res), so I imagine any desktop equivalent to that would get you close to the performance you'd expect.

As far as bang for buck goes I imagine you could find a cheap 460 or 560. I'm not too well versed with ATI/AMD's lineup so I'll let someone else from team red comment on that
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Depends on your budget, but you can get a gtx 480 and play on ultra for 209.99. And honestly, unless your budget is only around $150 or less, that would be the card to get if your going to be buying in the next few days.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
Edited by icehotshot - 3/13/12 at 6:01pm
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Newegg has a good deal on EVGA GTX480 for 209$ with MIR. Great card and good performing and to that price, can't be beaten. thumb.gif

EVGA 480 @ Newegg

The 560Ti is a great card, newer so i assume it runs cooler and quieter then the GTX480, the GTX480 on the other hand has 1,5gb of VRM which is useful in BF3.

EDIT: TO SLOW!!
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I'd honestly prefer to spend less if possible. I read somewhere that the GTX 480 draws like $30 a month worth of power from the wall, which sounds ridiculous to me (i guess it's not that much more than my 4890 now.)

I can wait a while for a sale if need be, but I was just wondering what I would need to run the game well.

Edit: Would a 6850 be much of an upgrade over my 4890? Would it be able to keep the framerate up?
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The GTX480 does draw a lot of power - but only when you are asking it to. Idling away while you read OCN, it probably draws less than your 4890.
I have a GTX 480 (I use an overclocked profile for BF3) and it plays the game with all settings at max fluidly on a 1920 x 1200. thumb.gif

That is the best deal on Newegg right now. And it might save you money in the long run because it won't need replacing as soon as a lesser card.
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The gtx 480 does not pull anywhere near $30 of electricity a month. If you heavily game for hours a day, it might cost you $80 a YEAR, but most likely much much less.

But I would take a look at this. It compares a bunch of different cards in BF3.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063.html
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I want to run BF3 smoothly on at least medium settings (I can't stand when my framerate drops below 30 in shooters), and I was wondering how much of a jump I'd have to make in terms of a video card to get this kind of performance.
Maybe my system is bottlenecked by the CPU, but it is currently running at 3.0 GHz as an X3 unlocked to an X4.
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Should I wait? Or should I bite the bullet and buy a new card now.

http://www.overclock.net/t/919445/5k-in-heaven-with-quad-sli-580s

This, at a minimum
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If its in the budget, the 560ti is the sweet spot from the green team, the 6950 from the red guys.

The ability to SLI or CF either card is a plus since both should start droping in cost late summer
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