Looks like a RAM problem to me. I know that what I'm saying always starts flame wars because "I don't have that problem", but 4 GB is not always enough for BF3 depending on how many programs you have in the background. Freezing and stutters are a typical symptom of the hard drive being accessed because there's a lack of RAM. Try shutting down Steam, Origin (Origin can be turned off after entering a game), maybe Skype if you have that.
Also, don't use ultra textures (not that you are at the moment). The ultra setting is made for cards with 1.5 GB VRAM and thus reserves more VRAM for textures than you can afford.
Originally Posted by dhughesuk
isn't this a form of cheating?
No, not even in competition. In fact, this is quite popular in most FPS games. Serious LAN events probably require identical settings, but it's fair anywhere else.Edited by B!0HaZard - 8/31/12 at 3:43am