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I have an ASUS m2n32-sli deluxe (bios 5002).

I just purchased a GTX670.

My current ram/processor is:

athlon 64 x2 dual core 6400 (3.21ghz)

gskill f2-8000cl4d 4GBPQ pc2-8000

cl 5-5-5-15 2.0v-2.1v
2-2gig ddr2 800 dual chan 128bit

Will this be enough in anyone experience to run BF3 at say 1280x1024 or maybe a little higher with the settings maxed?

If not, what can I do upgrade wise that doesn't involve replacing the MB to have no bottle neck?
Edited by fxsoap - 9/7/12 at 7:18am
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Yes, that will do nicely. But why buy a 670 with that CPU? Could've gotten an AMD 7770 + mobo and a cheapish AMD quad core.

The price of a 670 is sufficient to buy yourself an i5 2500k/3570k + mobo + AMD 7770. Which is a far superior build. If I'm not mistaken, that chip is AM2, so you will have to replace the MB to get an upgrade worth the money.

Imho, return the card. It will be bottlenecked so hard. Go for one of the above options.

EDIT: there's a $20 off the 2500k right now on Newegg. If you want the 3570k, you'll have to pay $30 more.

2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 ($200)
AMD 7770 (OC): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402 ($105)
+ a mobo of your liking, can get an Asus/Asrock Z77 one for around $100 and some cheap RAM.
Edited by Stefy - 9/7/12 at 7:40am
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You should have bought an Intel CPU and MB. Your going to be way to bottlenecked if you increase resolution.

Options for upgrade:
2500k+z77 motherboard
3570k+z77 motherboard
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OP, even at that resolution, that chip is going to bottleneck the crap out of the 670. Also, keep in mind that lower the resolution, the more the CPU plays a part.

You'll be able to max BF3, though you may run into micro-stuttering because of the chip. I'd highly recommend an upgrade yessir.gif
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The 670 will do nicely, but that CPU is going to do you an injustice. Lol.

You should invest in a new motherboard and a CPU such as the 2500k or a FX-8120 to go with it. I would also suggest 4GB more RAM. I've seen Bf3 eat 5-6GB of RAM already. But changing the CPU and board would mean moving to DDR3, so you're basically buying a new system.

From my experience, even a quad (Phenom II 945) at stock couldn't handle Bf3 smoothly, so again, I strongly suggest you upgrade that CPU.
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The 3930K, hands down.

Though you may be better off with even a 3770K or a 3570K
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3930k has higher IPC and is way more efficient than the 8150. The eight cores in the 8150 were a little hyped and were inefficient due to the lack of software compatibility. Trust me, I had one (well, 8120 at least. Almost the same thing). I would go 3930k but why when you can get a 3770k for cheaper and still rock games at 1080p (should you decide to increase in the future because the 3770k and the 670 will run BF3 like butter at 1080p maxed)?
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may i ask for a recommendation on a MB and ram as well from you fine individuals?

I will go with the 3770k upon comparing, unless for some reason the Cache of 8 vs 12 will make a huge difference....
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may i ask for a recommendation on a MB and ram as well from you fine individuals?
I will go with the 3770k upon comparing, unless for some reason the Cache of 8 vs 12 will make a huge difference....

What's your budget for the MB?
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