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looking to play BF4 on this rig. Considering a second card for crossfire

Thanks for some advice.
Edited by ichiveritas - 10/5/13 at 6:58am
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To do:
64bit win7
OC the cpu(~4ghz)
Get a new card like hd7850 or even hd7870/7950.
Upgrade ram to 8gb.
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so running 64 bit windows 7 doubling the current ram and we oc the cpu
what about crossfire you prefer a card replacement and scraping the old card?
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I think getting a new video card would be an improvement over crossfire 6870's because of the increased VRAM. If BF4 is anything like BF3 then 1GB of VRAM will be insufficient.
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Your going to want atleast a 2gb card... Honestly for the price of 7950's these days that will be your biggest upgrade by far - assuming you can OC that cpu to 4ghz or so

whats the budget?
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at 1680x1050 my sig rig runs the beta nicely on med settings, and a little choppy on high. if that gives you any ideas. how ever you need vram, especially if you want the higher graphics. i am already looking for a new card as well. my 960t x4 @4.0ghz handles it fine, biggest server i have been in is only 40 people though. i use 75% cpu, and 100% vram. only thing is the load times suck.. lol
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I would upgrade the Graphics Card first to a 7950 at least. If you can't afford it right now I'll suggest you to save up some money and get a 7950. For the price it is right now you can't go wrong with them. Maybe go to E bay and look for a 2nd handed card so it can be cheaper.

The 2nd thing I'd upgrade is Ram... God this games eats ram. Maybe its only my but I had 4gb of ram on the first weeks of BF3 and it was SOOOO choopy until I upgraded to 8Gb. The same problem with my laptop right now, I have win 8 and 6Gb and running BF4 beta and only BF4. I'm left with 30-50mb of free ram. And the games runs choppy. Might be 'cuz of the CPU as well (i5 3230M)

The 3rd, well the CPU biggrin.gif
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you will want a better cpu and better GPU

FX 8320 and HD 7950
Edited by PontiacGTX - 10/5/13 at 8:39am
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Im thinking based on your guys recommendations that card above and another sitck of the ram I have taking me to 8 gigs 64 bit win 7 (why do they recommend 8 for the game?) and finally work on the oc of the cpu.

sound viable?

I just have to search out the oc process of this cpu and probably need a better cooler for it.
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Yes, pretty much. I'm not sure about powercool... I've never tried and I don't know anyone that has. Has a good rating in Newegg tho. Like 2 days ago Sapphire 7950 was at sale for $219. Dat price.. hahha

People have been recommending THIS card around this forums.. Might be worth checking it out.

To answere you question about 8Gb.. I'm not 100% sure, but BF4 maps are huge and you need space to load all the data. And alswo 64 players and just all the stuff that happens in BF games.. you need space to store that potential data. That's my guess biggrin.gif
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