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BF3 Computer Games Preperation upgrades

BF3 requirements announced

Minimum System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ALTHON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Recommended System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Happy to say I meet or exceed everything listed on the recommend list except for the video card.

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BF3 Computer Games Preperation upgrades

BF3 is right around the corner

I’ve been watching almost every video on the net, and the game just looks better and better. Drool. I’ve also been keeping up with the battle log posts to see what the developers are saying. There is very little to complain about at the moment. So far it seems like DICE is creating a C.ofin O.f D.eath for the realm of modern warfare, 3 strikes and your out!

The wait is starting to get unbearable. The BF3 Beta should be released any day now and I can’t wait to get started. For those who follow my videos, I plan to record from minute 1. Hopefully my computer upgrades make for a very smooth frame rate while recording video. If not, over-clocking is now an easy option.

I have been monitoring my core temperatures for a last few days and its running cold. Idle is at around 22C and the highest peak I have seen so far is 34C.

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BF3 Computer Games Preperation Tips and Tricks upgrades

New Heat Sink

I decided it was time to upgrade my gaming computers heat sink in preparation for overclocking the CPU. I decided to go with the Scythe Ninja 3. This thing is massive and is rated to be used WITHOUT a fan on stock / non-overclocked CPU. Compared to the AMD supplied heat sink, I can see why :

My computer case comes with a back wall cut-out to aid in the installation of such beasts. Unfortunately, the cutout does not line up and I had to dismount the motherboard anyways to get at the top two screws.

Install is pretty easy. First you need to clean off the old thermal compound and squeeze on the new.

Make sure that you get enough on so that it squeezes out the sides a bit.

Careful with the torque, it doesn’t take much to hold that thing in place and we don’t want to crack the PCB material of the motherboard. Here’s what it looks like mounted up.

The new heat sink eats up a ton of space, which makes it difficult to reinstall the motherboard. As you can see here, I now had minimal clearance for screw driver access to the mount.

With the heat sink installed, it was time for a test run. This is the inside after everything was up and running.

I have no idea what kind of cooling performance upgrade I have achieved. I did not record the temperatures before and after. However, the computer is much quieter now. I can once again hear the hard drives ticking over the hum of the fans.

NOTE : Before you buy something like this, check the dimensions. This heat sink will NOT fit into all cases. You will need an Enthusiasts case. Other wise you may not have enough clearance between the heat sink and the side wall. My case only leaves about a half inch of breathing room.