Re: Thanks for your help everyone! Posting from new PC
Awesome! I think I may get a nicer GPU next fall... or maybe as early as June if finances permit.
I actually used to play UT2k3 and 2k4 pretty competitively, and I turned the graphics way down - it was easier to perform better without any extra detail! Makes sense! BUT , for BF3 I'd want detail, because the realism/immersion factor is important.