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    I mostly hang out in the General Hardware section of Anandtech and ALOT of people request gaming build recommendations or purchase reviews etc.

    The 2500K is THEE chip to get. Paired it with a P67 board and you are good to get that sucker to 4.4Ghz - get a Cool Master Hyper 212 at a Local MicroCenter for 29$ (if you have one nearby) Mine is 1.64 gallon round trip. If you wait for the Z68 chipset you will have a few nice features like Quicksync, SSD caching, ability to use the IGP only meaning no discrete graphics card. (Perfect for an HTPC later on)

    I went from 2 5870s to one GTX 480 and it was a positive improvement. While I like AMD cards, UT3 likes Nvidia cards. The reason why I had the card in the first place was for an AVCHD editing machine using the Mercury Engine with Adobe PP CS5. I game at 1680x1050 with a True 120 monitor.

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    What CPU, and what clockspeed? Also, are you guys running the same resolution and Anti-alising? Could be alot of different things, but I bet it's the CPU/Clockspeed. The vid card is most likely being held back some where. Unless your talking minimum FPS.

    I haven't ran the bench tool since I got this x6 chip, but here are my bench results with my old x3 phenom chip and 5870(pretty close to the same performance as your 6850)

    The benchmark started at 11/9/2009 9:45:12 AM

    System Information
    Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate
    System memory: 4095 MB
    CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 710 Processor
    CPU speed: 3450 MHz
    Graphics card: - 0 MB ATI HD5870 1GB
    Benchmark Information
    Benchmark type: Flyby
    Demo: vCTF-Corruption
    Motion Blur: Disabled
    Hardware Physics: Disabled
    Anisotropic filtering: 16×



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Resolution: 1920×1080 (HD WideScreen)
    Score = 207 FPS
    Score = 208 FPS
    Average score = 207 FPS

    Resolution: 1280 × 720 (Custom)
    Score = 274 FPS
    Score = 279 FPS
    Average score = 276 FPS

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    Well I went with a Gigabyte 6850 GV-R685OC-1GD for $169.

    I did the fps trick posted but I must be missing something. I get around 130 fps. My bestest friend TristianX gets like 300 fps.

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    I had to get a new card this weekend. I went with the 5770. I used this website to compare frames with my old card. I just wanted something to match my old one.

    http://www.hwcompare.com/

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    UTEngine.ini
    bSmoothFrameRate=True
    MinSmoothedFrameRate=0.000000
    MaxSmoothedFrameRate=999.000000
    Is what I use. You could also set smoothframerate to False (however for me that still limits me at 90fps for some reason).

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    help help

    I checked every box and turned everything up but I am only getting 60 fps. I had higher fps when I played lego style. It's been so long since I messed with my ini how do I unlock fps?

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    The HD6450 is a crappy DDR2 video card. It will not play UT3 with playable frame rates. It's a dirt cheap card good for internet browser and office tasks, nothing more.

    Here is something to help you choose;

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...6990,2879.html

    I would recommend HD6850 or GTX460 as "budget" gaming cards.

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    For bang-buck, something like this:

    CPU - Core i5 2500K - $179.99 (in-store pickup only)
    Mobo - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 - $153.99
    RAM - G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $44.99
    GPU - (cheap) ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 (Open Box) - $118.99
    Alternates to 6850 - ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 (Open Box) - $149.99
    ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 (Open Box) - $168.99
    CPU Cooler (for overclocking and quiet) - Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 - $33.99

    I don't want to get into a protracted explanation for these picks. You pay a little extra for these parts, but they should yield greater quality and performance than your current picks. I chose parts geared more towards budget overclocking, so if that isn't you then these parts won't matter so much. Still, I recommend the i5-2500K over the Phenom II X6 because you probably won't get good use out of those extra cores unless you already know you will be using programs that benefit from those cores beforehand. Also, by the time the appropriate software and games come out that would use 6 cores, superior 6+ core architectures will be available. If, however, you want to make these purchases for the long haul (5+ years), then it might be more of a toss-up between the processors.

    I can't really say one way or another which GPU would be best for you as I don't pay close attention to that field, but the GTX 460 1GB, 5850, and 6850 should offer relatively close performance. Also, the Asus DirectCU and its TOP variant maintain a pretty good image for quality.

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    This is what I am looking at building after looking online yesterday. US btw. No budget but don't want to get more than I need.

    CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1075T $189.99
    MOBO - Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H $124.99 I want atx, usb 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s
    RAM - Gold Series XTC Cooler 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) $39.99

    I am going to use my current WD SATA 6Gb/s 1 tb drive, silencer psu and case. I am not going to do it now but eventually I will go SDD

    I looked at the 5 series ATi cards but this 6850 wasn't off to much in price. Daimond 6850PE51G ATi Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card. It's $149.99 so it sounds reasonable?


    Originally posted by Jetpack_Jack View Post
    geronaho, lol, you want to see my head squashed against the side of your tank as well as your reflection, I suspect?
    ef yeah! lololol

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    geronaho, can you spec your current gpu & CPU / motherboard + RAM.
    are you buying in US or EU ? also do you have an approx budget?
    like the guys have said, CPU change may be better for now, and gpu later?
    lol, you want to see my head squashed against the side of your tank as well as your reflection, I suspect?

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    On my old machine I was using an 8800GTX and I had no problems running the game at 1920x1200 and "max" settings (minus the annoying DoF/bloom). Sometimes on Downtown with a lot of the 15ft lamers ( ) around my fps could dip to ~35-40, but I think this was caused by the CPU as a GTX260 in the same machine experienced the same drops. Then again I don't really know if the 260 is faster, only years newer

    My current machine gives me peak fps of ~350-400 on Serenity, and this I posted just to show you how overkill the current GPUs are for UT3.

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    Well ye +1 of what the others said above about cpu demand etc...
    A simple 8800gt from the lastest editions will do the job very well (if u don't play with all settings maxed out) and if u don't have such a big screen (it's important aswell).
    What's ur screen+res. size?
    Without further infos, i would tend to go to a 8800gt (~50€ for a used one here, pretty cheap).
    If u plan to play something else though, i would go for sthg newer, u have now very good card for 100€ -120€.

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    Originally posted by Gameslaya View Post
    UT3 relies on the processor more than the graphics card. A plain/decent graphics card will work fine, but if you got a nice processor, the game runs a lot better.
    +1

    A 8800 GTX or better will run the game great. The prob is the game is VERY cpu limited. All those framerate dips will still be there if you have a gtx580 and a core2duo @ 2.6. The higher the clock speed and the more cache your cpu has the better.

    So if it's only UT3 your looking to play and your GPU is better than an 8800GTX youre better off putting your money towards a new CPU or holding tight.

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    Originally posted by geronaho View Post
    So you think a 5 series would run it maxed out with no hiccups? I want to be able to see my reflection on the tank
    A Radeon 5k series will run it with max setting no problem. That's way ahead of what you need to get the game running smoothly.

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    So you think a 5 series would run it maxed out with no hiccups? I want to be able to see my reflection on the tank

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