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So, I've tried to play Battlefield 3 lately, and I can't. What happens is, I get this sort of stuttering/freezing. Basically, for a few seconds, the game will freeze. As time goes on, this gets progressively worse and worse, until the point where the game just freezes all together.

My friend said it most likely had to with content streaming, and could be a problem with my hard drive. However, I have a relatively new HD (got it in august), and it's a Samsung 1 TB 7200 RPM drive. He also said it could be bad controller, or some problem with the mobo.

My specs are:

GPU: GTX 560 Ti
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 Quad-core processor
RAM: 4 GB 400mhz DDR2 RAM
OS: Windows 7 64-bit

Oh, and other games run fine, aside from BF3. The issue isn't quite so bad if I run it on low (yes, I have to play BF3 on low settings with a 560 ti), but I still get stuttering. Any ideas?
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Are you sure AA is off? Drivers updated? I know those are obvious and you've probably tried those but I dunno tongue.gif
    
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Definitely start checking your HDD for errors and try removing/re-installing drivers cleanly.
    
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Only having 4gb of ram would be my guess why you are having problems. There are multiple threads showing that going from 4gb to 8gb reduced stuttering and increased performance.

When I play BF3 my total system ram usage goes to about 5.5gb-6gb, but your system can't do that so it is probably using the page file which is on the HD and very slow.
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Your cpu is lacking to say the least. Also your ram is lacking. TBH you need to upgrade. You cant get around it.
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Only having 4gb of ram would be my guess why you are having problems. There are multiple threads showing that going from 4gb to 8gb reduced stuttering and increased performance.

When I play BF3 my total system ram usage goes to about 5.5gb-6gb, but your system can't do that so it is probably using the page file which is on the HD and very slow.

4GB of RAM is plenty for BF3 if you've closed other crap out you don't need running, like pointless services, stuff in your system tray, Outlook, etc. 4GB is plenty fine and plenty of people play seamlessly on 4GB of RAM.
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Your cpu is lacking to say the least. Also your ram is lacking. TBH you need to upgrade. You cant get around it.

I highly doubt his CPU is severely holding him back and causing the stuttering. Even at stock clocks a 3.2 quad core (regardless of who made it, AMD/Intel) is enough to push a GTX560Ti. More than enough. Unless of course he's playing at 1024x768 or 1280x1024 or something. That *might*, *MIGHT* choke it.

In any case it's something else causing the stuttering, most certainly not his CPU 'under performing'. So TBH, he doesn't need to upgrade.
    
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4GB of RAM is plenty for BF3 if you've closed other crap out you don't need running, like pointless services, stuff in your system tray, Outlook, etc. 4GB is plenty fine and plenty of people play seamlessly on 4GB of RAM.

Exactly my point, he doesn't have enough ram to prevent fps spikes.....

So the OP would either need to add more ram, or close every single extra program open when he plays so that there is more available ram for BF3. Either way it is because he is running low on ram.
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4GB of RAM is plenty for BF3 if you've closed other crap out you don't need running, like pointless services, stuff in your system tray, Outlook, etc. 4GB is plenty fine and plenty of people play seamlessly on 4GB of RAM.

Exactly my point, he doesn't have enough ram to prevent fps spikes.....

So the OP would either need to add more ram, or close every single extra program open when he plays. Either way it is because he is running low on ram.

I played fine on 4GB of RAM with Chrome open, Steam open, Task Manager open, Logitech Set Point drivers & Systray process, CCC drivers & tray process, MSE, AFB, etc. Still was fine. thumb.gif

No 'spikes'.
    
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Definitely start checking your HDD for errors and try removing/re-installing drivers cleanly.

How exactly do I check my HDD for errors? I know for memory there's memtest.
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Most GTX 560 Ti's run on 1 GB VRAM, which I believe is the cause of the stuttering. When there is an inadequate amount of VRAM, the system usually shifts the load to the system memory. This is also the case in AMD's APU's; the VRAM is used in the system memory.

In my system, BF3 never takes more than 2 GB of RAM. But that's probably only because I have 2 GB of VRAM. Methinks it's time for a cheep $30 upgrade of memory.
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