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Computer Noob Needs Help with Graphics Card

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I have a PC (standard, nothing fancy) It has 8GB ddr3, Asus HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card. I just want to play games similar to Battlefield 3 but this does not allow for it. Can anyone direct/guide m… Read More
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3w, 3d agoPosted 3 weeks, 3 days ago
I have a PC (standard, nothing fancy) It has 8GB ddr3, Asus HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card.
I just want to play games similar to Battlefield 3 but this does not allow for it. Can anyone direct/guide me towards a cheap as possible graphics card that would be compatible?

Mucho Thanks in advance!!
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3w, 3d agoPosted 3 weeks, 3 days ago
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#1
This shows the minimum and recommended requirements for Battlefield 3, what CPU do you have and what is your budget?
https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/battlefield-3/11211
#2
These are the specs for BF3 and what you’ve said so far about your specs, should be enough to run it.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-20-battlefield-3-pc-system-requirements

Are you sure it’s your graphics card that is the issue and not your processor? :)
#3
Do you have the 4/6/8 pin power connectors on your PSU that some graphics cards would need or are you limited to onboard power?

What resolution, graphics quality and FPS are you hoping to achieve?
#4
Thanks for your responses!! :) Unfortunately the full specs have evaded me and I will not be able to find out until I get home. I ran a scan to check if the computer could handle the game and it said my GPU was half of what was required. I assumed that was my memory card. I will get the specs and open her up when I get home around 6pm. Cheers.

I put BF3 on and it juddered and was horrendous soo I am just looking to run not so new games at a nice steady pace.
#5
We could do with knowing the CPU so we know where that would cause a bottleneck.
The PSU is also another big one, i'd imagine if it was a pre-built P.C you bought without gaming really in mind, its likely to be <300w.
If that's the case I'd look at the Nvidia 1050 or 1050ti (or a used 750ti if your budget is low), just be sure to pick a model that doesn't require a 6 pin power connector and fits your case.
#6
jonnyka
Thanks for your responses!! :) Unfortunately the full specs have evaded me and I will not be able to find out until I get home. I ran a scan to check if the computer could handle the game and it said my GPU was half of what was required. I assumed that was my memory card. I will get the specs and open her up when I get home around 6pm. Cheers.

I put BF3 on and it juddered and was horrendous soo I am just looking to run not so new games at a nice steady pace.
GPU is your graphics processor, its pretty much what makes a gaming P.C a gaming P.C rather than just a powerful computer :)
When it says your at half what you require it ill be referring to the 1gb part, that's not to say anything with 2gb at the end will be an improvement though!

Edited By: Deaa on Jul 03, 2017 16:24
#7
What drivers? for the HD6670, it's a choice of the 15.7.1 WHQL, or the Crimson 16.2.1 for non-GCN
As for "cheap as possible", that could be a battle of adequacy versus price
#8
Cheers guys.. Love this site.. loads of helpful people. The processor is an AMD phenom (tm) II X2 B55 Processor 3.00GHz. 64-bit operating system. How do I check drivers??
#9
As above, GTX 1050 or 750 Ti should do the job - you're looking for one without 6 pin connector since we're assuming your PSU doesn't have a power connector and you're wanting to draw power from the mobo.

This one from EVGA would be my choice for £110:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-Geforce-Express-Displayport-Graphics/dp/B01M5FSDS9/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1499153376&sr=8-18&keywords=gtx%2B1050&th=1

If that's too much, then let us know your budget and we can try to figure it out...
#10
The processor needs changing, 2 core is not enough these days, but upgrading is limited to the extent that the AM3/3+ board is nearly 10 years old.

It can still play modern games, but only at a push. BTW, you need to know which board, as AM3+ cpus wont run properly on AM3 boards, although AM3 chips WILL run on AM3+ boards.

The other issue is that most of these chips are now only available for stupid money, or 2nd hand.

Ideally you want the fastest x4 Athlon II or x6 Phenom II, the later FX series werent as good, even though their clock speed and power requirements are better.

The limitation on the 6670 will be the onboard RAM, it is just about fast enough, but you would need to lower the screen resolution or lower graphics settings in the game. Ideally you want a mid range gfx from the current/last generation for future proofing; they wont run full speed due to the PCIE ver 2 limitations (they are designed for v3), but they will run.
4GB minimum, and 8GB if you can afford it.

Then there is the psu, even if it has a suitable rating, by this time, its age means the rating is more theoretical than truth.


Conclusion,

It would be better to scrap your current PC and start again with a mid range current/last gen set up; if you can re-use your case, screen and peripherals, an AMD Rizen 5 set up would set you back about £500, for mobo, cpu, RAM and a decent psu, AND give you an upgrade path, or wait a few weeks for the Rizen 3, which wont play BF with everything on Ultra, but hopefully will shave £100 off of the bill, and still give you the upgrade path.
#11
I think the issue as stated by other posters is that the whole system is out of date. You could try and set everything in options menu to lowest settings possible.

If that still is very poor or unplayable I would consider now to be a great time for a PC upgrade. Ryzen 5 CPUs are great value for money (1600 in particular is a steal). If budget is an issue the pentium 4560 is a bargain too.
#12
Thank you for all of your responses. You have enlightened me to the point that I have arranged to go and see a gaming PC this evening as this one is ready for the scrap heap.
#13
jonnyka
Thank you for all of your responses. You have enlightened me to the point that I have arranged to go and see a gaming PC this evening as this one is ready for the scrap heap.
I presume you will be running the spec and price of this gaming PC via here?
#14
yeah just get a 2nd hand system off someone plenty of decent bargains about
#15
jonnyka
Thank you for all of your responses. You have enlightened me to the point that I have arranged to go and see a gaming PC this evening as this one is ready for the scrap heap.
Let us know the spec/price as most 'gaming' PC's sold these days, especially on for sale sites are just old junk in a flash looking plasticy case.

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