Old video card (X1600 XT) - Will new one get better FPS?
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January 11, 2012, 01:26 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brockville, ON
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Cpu is well underpowered for BF3, not much you can do on that side.
A decent rig with a new video card would depeding on the choices run from $750-$2000+. The rig I have an use for BF3 would cost just shy of $1000, though it can be trimmed up some to get the price down, and even more if there are just the simple parts.
It honestly would be pointless putitng in a brand new gpu, you would never get the most out of it. Just as an idea, I had an E8400 OC to a bit over 4.0Ghz and even then there were alot of times the game with the same 6870 I am using in my new AMD rig would be very sluggish. E8400 is way way more fast then a pentium D was/is, and I had problems, I can just imagine you would have even more.
Also, I know 550TI is cheap, but there are far better choices for gpus that are not that much more $ and some even cheaper that would eat a 550TI for lunch, it really is not a "gaming" card, it is a graphics card that "can" game. GTX 460 336 Shader 1gb, 560 560TI, Radeon 6850/6870 would be what I would go with, no less, but I most certainly WOULD NOT pair it with a Pentium D and try to play BF3, its your money, but it would be a waste. If you OC to PD by ALOT it may help, but I would not advice this route either.
My System Specs
ASUS M5A99X EVO
PII 955BE C3 max 4.34 Ghz 1.435v HT 2.182 CPU-NB 2867 MX4 CM Hyper 212+ push/pull stock fan
G Skill 2x4 8gb RipjawX 1866 9,10,9,27,42 1.5v at 1787 9,9,9,25,34 1.51v
MSI TFIII 7870 OC running 825/1005 .881V 58% fan 56c, 983/1375 core/mem 1.150V 74% fan 64c, 1267/1535 1.232V 87% fan 74c gaming stable one of lowest volt/high clock 7870 I have seen.
Crucial MX100 256gb Caviar black 640(game) Caviar blue 1tb(junk/storage external)
Antec GX700 yuck :(
ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung 2570HD(typical responce time 7+ms :( and Acer P223W(<1ms typical)
Windows 7 64 home premium
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