Black Ops 3: High Settings System Requirements?


Junior Member
Nov 28, 2015
Hello everyone! Currently I am trying to upgrade my CPU and GPU to be able to handle high - ultra settings for COD Black Ops 3 with at least 30 FPS. Currently I have:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
CPU: AMD FX 4300 Quad Core Processor 3.8GHz
System Manufacturer - MSI
System Model - MS-7641

With this setup up I can only run the game at low settings for around 35 FPS. I gave my motherboard model number since I am pretty bad with computer hardware and I wouldn't want to buy a GPU/CPU that doesn't fit the one I have. I'm not sure if anyone knows what GPU/CPU I need to run COD Black Ops 3 at high settings but I'm looking for a solid suggestion. The price is not much of a factor since I plan on buying the parts on Cyber Monday but my budget is around $500. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)


Diamond Member
Feb 17, 2012
You'll need to throw away your old system and build a fresh one.

Assuming 1080p High/Ultra without AA and 60 FPS
No point playing COD with 30 FPS. 60 FPS is the bare minimum


Intel 2600k/2700k/3770k


Intel 4770k/4790k/6700k


16GB fastest you can get. Not 1600

16GB fastest you can get. Not 2133

Preferably a SSD that is big enough. So ideally 480+ GB for your OS and games

390 is faster in this game. 970 will be okay as well but not as good. You can even consider a 290 non reference.

You'll need a 650+ watts for this system. New cabinet. New cooling. Etc.

Sorry mate.

If instead of ultra you can make do with med/high mix the you could buy the following in the used market:

2500k with OC Mobo
16GB DDR3 min 1600 preferably 1866/2133
Radeon 7970 GHz or 280X or 380

You'll probably get 30-60 FPS at 1080p med/high/mix.
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Junior Member
Nov 28, 2015
Thank you! I appreciate the help. I think I'll go with the med/high mix for now :)


Diamond Member
Feb 17, 2012
To give some idea. In the Rig in my sig

1080p max no AA
Mostly 60+ capped with occasional 40s/50s

1440p any setting
Struggles badly. Probably need min 4GB VRAM

With a 2600k and 290/390 you'll be better off than me. With a 2500k and 280X/380/780 you'll be close but not quite. Like 30-40% slower at least.


Elite Member
Sep 5, 2003
Can you give an example where frequency would matter?

If your budget is $500 for new parts, the last thing you should be doing is overspending on the fastest DDR4. If you are spending more than $100 on 16GB DDR4 3000-3200, you are wasting $ that should be used towards a faster GPU/CPU combo.

GeIL SUPER LUCE 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 = $90

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 = $95

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 = $100

DDR4 3000/3200 is the sweet spot. Don't waste of your $ above those kits.

Black Ops 3 also favours AMD cards. If you do not mind the noise levels/game with headphones, you can get a $195 R9 290 after $25 off credit when buying with a registered AMEX, or $220 without it.

It's going to be tough to upgrade for $500 without sacrificing on the CPU/GPU performance. Going with an i3+GTX950/960/R9 380 style isn't worth it long-term either. What CPU upgrade parts were you thinking of getting? Also, what is your PSU?

IMO, if you cannot afford to get an i5 + R9 290/390/970 level GPU, you could consider just dropping just the graphics card and see how that goes. BO3 is much more GPU demanding than CPU demanding.


What this means is you are better off buying a $200-220 R9 290 and keeping your existing CPU for this title rather than going out and spending $500 on so-so parts and a mediocre GPU. The main thing I am concerned about is your PSU.
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Platinum Member
Oct 17, 2010
Toss the GT 630, spring for a much newer and better video card. The FX-4300 is surprisingly spry for most current games, so I wouldn't replace it just yet. You can always just wait a short while and something better will be out and worth upgrading to.