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I am currently building a gaming PC of my own and was wanting to cut out the ridiculous cost of $100 for windows 7 or 8 for my budget build. Is there any way that battlefield 3 could be ran with moderate to high settings with a high consistency on the current version of Ubuntu?

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The short answer is no. Ubuntu cannot run windows games that use 3D extensively unless there is a specific version for Linux. Wine doesn't cut it as most games will not work if they use 3D extensivley. Some 3D games work, but they tend to be 5-10 year old games,

I forked out for the extra money for Windows and use it for Games only. A linux only gaming rig will limit the games you play. The only game I play on Linux is Minecraft but that is a cross platform game. All my first person shooters are on Windows.

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I don't think the split between old and new games is necessarily valid. Some recent, graphically heavy games work perfectly with equivalent frame rates under Wine and windows. I cannot speak for the game in question, but it is true that relying entirely on Wine to play games can be frustrating. There is always a risk with online games where updates are required that they may work today but be broken in future. – chronitis Jun 14 '13 at 15:43
@chronitis Agreed, and my time is worth more than the cost of Windows so I run both to avoid those issues. – Meer Borg Jun 14 '13 at 15:45

You can play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 using winetricks, but I don't think Battlefield 3 will work. At least until they make a new update.

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