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Battlefield 4 and my computer.

#1KabtheMentatPosted 11/29/2013 5:16:28 AM
I just picked up BF4 during the deal that's going on. Been playing it some and it plays pretty well surprisingly.

Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz quad core
7850 2GB
8GB RAM
Win7

I play on a mixture of medium and high...basically the mesh and textures are high, the rest med on 1080p. I get decent FPS, 40-70s. Some maps, like Shanghai, dip into the 30s after the building goes down. This is 64 players BTW.

Now my question is what kind of performance increases could I expect with a newer CPU? I've been trying to get my hands on a i5-4670. And another question is would getting a better GPU be more worth while? And if so...say spending around $250-$300 (which is what I'd have to spend if I got a new CPU with motherboard), what GPU would be worth it to get a noticeable increase in performance?

Though I'd rather get the CPU since you tend to keep those for several years before upgrading, and GPUs, well, new ones come out all the time. R9 290s are like $400-$500 now, but will be $250 in the not too distant future.
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#2Flaktrooper123Posted 11/29/2013 5:20:43 AM
My old 6970 run the beta just fine on medium-high. You can upgrade the CPU if you want, though not sure you need a new motherboard or not, I am not very familiar with AMD CPUs.

I suggest don't get R9 290X yet, only the reference models are available right now and they are noisy as heck. Wait for the non reference model and save it for your Christmas present for yourself.
#3KabtheMentat(Topic Creator)Posted 11/29/2013 5:24:21 AM(edited)
I have no intention of getting a R9 290x, I simply can't afford one.

Yeah, since the i5 is an Intel, I'd need a new motherboard. Hell, even if I got a FX-8350 I'd have to get a new motherboard because mine's an old ass AM3, not an AM3+.
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#4godplaysSNESPosted 11/29/2013 5:34:16 AM
Wait for BF4 to support Mantle before you decide.
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#5Sergei_DukanovPosted 11/29/2013 8:42:11 AM
My 8350 runs it surprisingly smooth. Really smooth. And since I just bought windows 8.1, It should run even better. I had a R9 280x but I returned it and am using my 7870 and its everything on high smooth. Now I just need to somehow mirror the controls to veteran and I will be good. In vehicles at least. Got all the controls set up in a match for on foot.
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#6KabtheMentat(Topic Creator)Posted 11/29/2013 5:43:27 PM
Just an update. I had my friend bring over his 7950 and put it in my PC and ran some Siege of Shanghai 64 player games and it didn't really seem to have a noticeable improvement in the frame rate. I'd say I maybe got 5 extra FPS. Nothing really to spend $300 for a R9 280x over.

So I'm guessing the culprit is the CPU more than my 7850.
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#7MannerHatcheryPosted 11/29/2013 5:55:41 PM
KabtheMentat posted...
Just an update. I had my friend bring over his 7950 and put it in my PC and ran some Siege of Shanghai 64 player games and it didn't really seem to have a noticeable improvement in the frame rate. I'd say I maybe got 5 extra FPS. Nothing really to spend $300 for a R9 280x over.

So I'm guessing the culprit is the CPU more than my 7850.


280x is pretty significantly better than a 7950 though.
#8KabtheMentat(Topic Creator)Posted 11/29/2013 6:00:15 PM
Isn't a 280x just a 7970?

How much better is a 7970 vs. a 7950?
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#9DerPancakePosted 11/29/2013 6:01:25 PM
I have a 4770k and 770 and I'm running at high settings with 2x AA, and sometimes I dip below 60 fps.
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#10KabtheMentat(Topic Creator)Posted 11/29/2013 6:03:19 PM
Dipping below 60FPS isn't a big deal. Dipping below 45 or so is the problem IMO. That's when it becomes more noticeable.
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