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HELP Battlefield 4 System Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Immy, Nov 2, 2013.

HELP Battlefield 4 System Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Immy, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Immy

    Immy Tagged

    Current setup:

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156)
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) Dominator DDR3, PC3-8500F (533)
    XFX ATi Radeon HD5850
    Samsung 256GB SSD 830 Notebook/Apple Series SATA 6Gb/s KIT with Norton Ghost - (MZ-7PC256N/EU)
    Corsair hx 520W PSU

    The max resolution I can game at is 1920 x 1200.

    I do NOT want to overclock the CPU/ GFX card as in my experience it always leads to stability issues and crashing especially in Battlefield.

    I was hoping maybe just a ram (4gb more) and GPU (280X) upgrade would be enough to max the game at 1920 x 1200. I was hoping to do this within a budget of £300:
    -would I be heavily bottlenecked by my CPU? If yes, could I upgrade my CPU only to the highest possible with my motherboard without having to upgrade everything?
    -would my current PSU be able to power the new GFX card without any probs?

    Alternatively (the route I ideally dont want to take) would be a full system overhaul including MOBO, CPU, RAM, GFX and may require PSU also.
  2. Saundie

    Saundie Prototype Staff Member Tagged

    I'm guessing something like a GTX 770 or a Radeon R9 280X plus another 4GB of RAM would be your best bet. I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to this sort of thing, but I suspect GorkedWings19 will be along sometime after midnight with a conclusive suggestion.
  3. MiNiGuNx

    MiNiGuNx Tagged Donator

    -I would agree that 4gb more RAM would help a great deal (I have 8gb and run on high settings)
    - I have the next i5 up from you (I think) - i5 760 @2.80 GHz (Lynnfield) and run at about 50 fps so maybe getting a slightly newer one wouldn't hurt (Obviously, keeping price in mind)

    Also, does your motherboard support crossfire? Maybe that could be an option
  4. GFiSH

    GFiSH Staff Member Tagged Donator

    The recommended PSU for a R9 280X is 750W so you're going to want to look for a new one.
  5. Weetabix

    Weetabix Staff Member Tagged Donator

    I generally don't overclock my GFX card as I find the gains very minimal and not enough to justify the effort. CPU, however, is a different story. My old 2600K went from 3.2 to 4.5 GHz by changing 2 (I think) settings in the BIOS and it's totally stable. Just make sure you run a stress test. If it passes an hour of THIS then you're good. And it does make a noticeable difference.
  6. Rumi

    Rumi Eligible

    I had a single gtx670 setup so I bought another one of those and sli'd instead of upgrading to a higher spec single GPU card. the single gpu upgrade path was a more expensive option but the SLI gave me a much higher performance boost.

    is it a viable option for you to do a xfire upgrade?
  7. Saundie

    Saundie Prototype Staff Member Tagged

    Is a single GTX 670 not up to running BF4 at 1920 x 1200?
  8. Rumi

    Rumi Eligible

    It will but I've been having to dial down a couple of settings in some new games recently and I've always said that once that starts happing it's time for an upgrade :)