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So I am having trouble running Bad Company 2 at max settings. This isn't good because I've just recently seen the announcement for Battlefield 3. I need to upgrade. I'm thinking it's either going to be my processor or my video card. My processor is a stock AMD Athlon 3.1 gHz dual core, and I have a Radeon HD 4890 graphics card. Out of both of these, I've heard mixed reviews on what I need to upgrade. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6
processor, the 4890 is still a pretty good GPU and you're extremely CPU limited with that Athlon 64 X2\\

check the CPU compatibility list and get the most powerful AM3 cpu for that mobo
    
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Oh man... I recommend buying a new motherboard also.
    
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And if you want to play at max without worries the GPU too. MB+CPU+RAM first anyways.
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Yeah, I know everything is ancient. It's pretty dated but I can't find anything that I want that isn't stupid expensive. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Razer Black Widow Corsair - Gaming Series 800-Watt ATX Power Supply Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower  Logitech MX Performance 
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I suggest you to purchase a Phenom x2 or x4 CPU atleast 6MB of Level3 Cache
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