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Hi guys, thanks for looking!

I'm planning to upgrade my current PC as at the moment I'm not getting what I need out of it. I play Battlefield 3 competitively, have a 120Hz monitor and require 120 FPS as much of the time as I can get it. I play BF3 @ 1080p on the lowest graphics settings. With my current rig I fluctuate between 60-100 FPS with the occasional 20-30 FPS spike in either direction. I'm after a solid 120 FPS whilst running a PC that's not overly hot or loud.

Here are the specs of what I've got now:

MOBO: Intel DP67BA
CPU: i7 2600
GPU: Sapphire HD6970
CASE: CoolerMaster Centurion 5 II with 500W
PSU: "Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-J3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply"
HDD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda

Important things to note about current setup:

1. Current motherboard does not allow me to over-clock my CPU
2. Current motherboard does not allow Crossfire or SLI
3. Case supports GPU up to 27cm or 10inch in length
4. GPU is @ 100% usage (or close to) when running BF3, it is what is currently bottlenecking my FPS

Now unfortunately I don't have a huge budget to be spending here. It's likely that I'd only be able to spend $3-400 (maybe $500 at the very most) at a time on parts every couple of months so picking the right part that can slot in with the previous parts to improve the system is ideal.

With all this in mind, how would the lovely members of overclock.net go about upgrading this system if they were under the same constraints? First and foremost I wish to address the FPS issue then to go about reducing heat/noise. What products should I be looking at?
post #2 of 8
You will not get 120fps solid at all, unless you want to play on low...

What kind of wedge can you spend?
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Your CPU, the 2600, itself isn't overclockable. So if you want to overclock, you'll need the unlocked one, 2600k.
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The list of gear there is what I already have, not what I'm looking to buy. I'm asking OC.net to give me suggestions on what path I should take thumb.gif
post #5 of 8
Crossfire or a new single powerful card....
So another 6970 or a GTX 690.
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post #6 of 8
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2
CPU: i5 2400/2500
GPU: HD 7870
CASE: Cooler master HAF 912
PSU: "Antec basiq 500w"
HDD: 500gb/750gb Seagate momentus XT hybrid HDD+SSD

no upgrade need bcuz whenever you change CPU you´ll need a new socket bcuz 2500k vs 2500 there isnt a big difference even OCed 1.8GHz+ @1080p u wont see any difference thumb.gif also 2600k isnt good for gaming in general performance
post #7 of 8
Read what the OP posted:
"Here are the specs of what I've got now"
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Originally Posted by amd655 View Post

Crossfire or a new single powerful card....
So another 6970 or a GTX 690.

Well he could run into performance issues going XFire, so that isn't a guarantee to achieving his performance. The GTX 690 is way out of his budget, by about double, so that isn't going to work. Although about the only card I can think of right now that could do it would be the GTX 690 or the AMD 7990 whenever the hell that comes out.
    
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