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I was just wondering if anyone here has this CPU or one of the related models, such as the 9550 or 9650. I don't want to build a brand new rig. I think I'll just upgrade the graphics card. Right now my rig is...
q9450 @ 2.83 GHz
Radeon 4870 (will probably upgrade to something more hefty)
4 GB of DDR2
I'm hoping to squeeze some nice performance out of my q9450 with a little extra juice out of gtx560 or something like that.
i beleive my OC wasnt there when i was running beta, and i ran high/ultra at 50 fps with my rig. meaning my cpu was clocked at 2.8 too, ran it nicely provided you have a good gpu. i think you can escape a new build myself, easily. spend $200 or so on a gpu, run high or better imho. overclocking does wonders if you are able to do so.
<- Q9550@3.6 - G31M - Hyper 212+ - 4 gig 1066 - GTX 470 750mhz - xfi 5.1 usb - turtle beach HPA2 true 5.1 - 64 gig Mushkin SSD ->
I have the Q9550 @2.83GHz with 8GB DDR2 with a GTX 275, and it run the beta fine. I wouldn't worry about upgrading the CPU, but if you want to upgrade. The graphics card is the most important thing and will affect the game the most.
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Yeah, just update the GPU. I have a Q9400, and I ran the beta pretty badly with a GT230. Upgraded to an HD6950, I was able to crank BC2 to max everything and running buttery smooth as opposed to low-medium everything and still lagging in smoke. BF3 will probably be alright on med-high for me.
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Thanks. Good to know the beta ran well on similar rigs. I'll upgrade my gpu and hopefully I'll be good to go.
I have the Q9550 clocked at 4GHz, so you guys can always do a bit of clocking if wish to gain a slightly better fps.
q9400 OC'd to 3.6 ghz
Caspian Border "Max" settings w/o AA @ 1080p ~ 30-40 fps
Operation Metro 40-60 fps
Q9450 stock speed
Sapphire 4870 1GB
4 GB RAM
Beta ran very nicely in both maps with 45+ fps.
You are better off upgrading to a 560Ti over the Q9650. And will probably get+25 fps with the GPU upgrade at 1080p over a CPU upgrade.
Research materials to determine upgrade selection:
1-Tom's Hardware: "Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart." According to hierarchy chart the 260 gtx is equivalent to the 4870.
The 560Ti is 2 hierchy levels above the 4870
2- Tom's Hardware: "Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart." Acording to the hierarchy chart the Q9650 is only 1 level above your Q9450.
3- FTW. Above average IQ Asian guy presenting an actual BF3 gameplay comparison test video on Youtube. 8)
The comaprison is between a gtx260 and a gtx560Ti.
Go to Youtube. Copy/paste this in search field: Battlefield 3 gtx 560ti vs gtx 260 compare &gameplay
Expand the "show more" under the video to review the test results.
Brand for the 560Ti. EVGA models that allows upgrade trade ins w/i 90 dyas of purchase. Just incase we see Kepplers come out early 2012 Q1. I think the 560Ti price/performance will keep prices up until next gen chips.