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Battlefield 3 PC specs detailed

by Steven Williamson on 11 July 2011, 13:11

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), FPS

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EA’s DICE studio has recommend that PC gamers of Battlefield 3 should have the Windows 7 64-bit operating system and a Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU to really harness the power of its powerhouse Frostbite 2 engine.

Revealed via a GameStop listing, the minimum and recommended specs to run the first person shooter, which is set for launch on October 28, have been confirmed as follows:

Minimum requirements
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version
OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHzRAM2GB
Video Card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card

Recommended requirements
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPURAM 4GB
Video Card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, GeForce GTX 460, Radeon Radeon HD 6850

DICE claims that the Frostbite 2 engine will deliver more advanced destruction, sound, and graphics than previous versions. Anyone surprised, delighted, or annoyed by the specs?


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Bah, starting to get to the point where the gaming rig needs upgraded again, was hoping for at least another year or so out of it xD
Same here mate, Can anybody reccomend me the best card to upgrade to from my radeon 4870?

Seems to me like a lot of the midrange current and last gen cards are quite similar. i would drop £200 on this upgrade.
Been out of the graphics card market a long time myself, but I would guess an nVidia 5xx series or a 68xx series ati card I guess for the near future. I wonder how much life is left in the Q6600 as that is slowly dropping off the lists and making its way towards the lower end of the recommendations these days.

Forgot to add, might need a slightly bigger PSU for the latest and greatest cards, same with myself. This machine is around 2 -3 years old now, was in a shuttle but that died so went back to a bigger case and stuck with the parts, replacing the 8800GTS at the time with the Asus 5870. Another year and I will be happy then will look at the latest tech or a step behind and see what can be had for cheaper :)
Think it might be finally time to upgrade my CPU. Currently on an intel e6750. If I can get a new motherboard and processor for around £200 I'll be pretty happy.
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Same here mate, Can anybody reccomend me the best card to upgrade to from my radeon 4870? Approx 200ukp.

For that kind of budget you're probably looking at a ATI 6950 1/2Gb. Scan's stock is, unfortunately, miserable at the moment :( Everything seems to be out of stock, except a pricier Asus. That's one step down from their “top” card, the 2Gb 6970. (Ignoring the dual-chip 6990). The “bargin” card might be a clearance 5850/5870 or a 6870 (slightly slower than a 5870).

On the Nvidia front, Overclockers were selling off some Gigabyte GTX480s for sub-200ukp which made for a nice bargin, as they give similar performance to the GTX570 which typically sells for about 235.

The 560ti comes in under 200ukp, and would be a step up from the 4870, but if you can stretch to the 570/480 grade of performance, you're into the “nearly the best that they sell” bracket, rather than in the mid-range.

The “bargin” card is probably an overclocked GTX 460 1024Mb, which can be had for sub-150ukp, and runs pretty much everything. For example http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-sscplusbackplate-3900mhz-gddr5-gpu-850mhz-shader-clock-1700mhz-336-coresplusmafia-i which is 138ukp for similar performance to a 560 (or maybe 560ti).

I'm sure the Hexus reviews will help you decide which to go for.