GeForce 9800 GT vs Battlefield 3 Low Settings Please Help

Computer specs:

AMD Athlon II x4 630 2.8GHz (stock)

Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 1Gb

Windows 7 64bit

8Gb Ram

Battlefield 3:

Resolution: 1360x720

All settings on low

FOV 70

im tryin to get a steady 60fps but have yet to succed. according to fraps im getting 40-60fps depinding on the map # of players and how much shit is blowing up (64 man metro lol). i have gone into the invidia control and set the "PhysX" processor to my cpu. in game it runs about 85-90% cpu usage. i have tried overclocking with EVGA Percision X but i have no clue what im doin. overclocking tips would be great or if anyone has any ideas to help with my fps problem i am open to suggestions.

Thanx in advance!!!!!!

download one of these, have it open while you game, windowed and screep cap your settings, also screencap your Nvidia control panel, spcecifically the 3-D settings (not 3-D vison)

upload to imgur, post results

you can get a 7850 for $170 sometimes cheaper


also you could do a OC of 203-205 FSB and it be rock stable without anyother changes with minimal heat increase, if you do that you might be able to get away with increasing your prerender amount without afecting input lag

sorry it has taken me a while to get back on.

1.first you said "donload one of these" what do you mean? nothing shows up above your txt

2.i will up load pics soon when i get the chance.

3. im saving up for logan's $700 pc build i would spend a bit more but im trying to get 2 asus 1080 monitors

4. as far as you OC instructions the only part i understood was "Minimal Heat Increase" and "Input Lag" lol

thanks for the input!!!


here are some pics. first 2 nvidia control pannel global settings, next 2 BF3 Program Settings, last Ingame settings

Hey mate, I would recomend rather than trying to get the most out of your current GPU, Bite the bullet and upgrade the GPU and the PSU if required. I was running a 9600GT (Similer to you) untill earlyer this year were I tried to swap out for a 9800. That didnt fit and I bit the bullet and bought a GTX 560 and overclocked it to 123% performance from an already overclocked EVGA card with no extra cooling in a case that dosent have the greatest air flow anyway. The card runs at 92 degrees under stress. 84 playing BF3 on High. From about this point onwards, The 9 series is just not powerful enough to run many AAA games being released on minimum spec. 

If you buy say a 660 ti or even a cheap after market 560 ti or 480, you will find everything running much smoother and they have great overclocking potential. I managed to get BF3 running on a 9600 GT but I had terrible FPS and it wasnt enjoyable. Seeing as you are going to get a new computer soon, Buy the GPU first, swap out your old GPU and when you have the rest of the parts, Build your computer. Saves you waiting for a new machine stuck with terrible FPS.

thanks for the help Rudster i was thinking about doin this since a recent finalcial situation has pushed back any pc build i had in mind. also i was wondering how a

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit would hold up for future titles or should i just shell out for a 7970 or evga 680?


The Radeon HD 7870 is a great card that has around the same performance as a GTX 580. It should be able to play every game on the market on either high or max settings. You could always get a 7970 or GTX 680 if you want to be more future proof though. If you don't have a ton of money to spend, I would definitely recommend the 7970 over the GTX 680 just because you could be able to overclock it in order to get better performance than the 680 and it's cheaper. The 7870 is a great option if you don't want to spend between $400 and $500 on a card though.

It might also be a good idea to wait for the next series of cards to come out too (GTX 700 and HD 8000 series). They're rumored to come out sometime during the first or second quarter of 2013.

i think the iceQ is more in my price range for now but for my build i might look into the new launch cards. thanx

Vortex is right but currently, anything like a GTX 560 will run all games at ultra at a minimum of 30 fps, uSING A 1080p screen. Its up to you if you want to save some cash and buy something that wont play games with max settings in a year or somewhat future proof your board with something of a higher standard. The 9 series had a great run and its really up to you on what you want to get.

thanx for the help everybody!