Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz
4 GB DDR 2 RAM
500 GB HDD
Radeon 4870 with around 850 MB RAM
So I am playing BF3 - holding quite strong but in Multiplayer the FPS drops when there is a lot of action going on. I am playing one like middle setting without AA and stuff.
I do now have a limited budget for Upgrades around Christmas which pretty much says - either I get a new CPU /Board or a new Video Card. Now like every Magazine or Site I read was like "blablablabla you need at least 4 cores - buy some I7 or AMD FX Bulldozer". But somehow the charts (if they had any) showed something different.
Then I got here and saw the BF3 Videocard and CPU test. And it showed that there is only like a 8 FPS difference between a 2 Core CPU and a 4 or even 8 core CPU.
So I thing the best investment for me would be a new video card?
Get a graphics card. I have the i7 2600k and while it does get decently hot (60's C with stock cooler), I don't ever see the performance meter max out (it's usually at like 30% when I look at it).
Graphics are a must for this and most intense computer games. I would recommend a pretty solid decently priced card like a 560ti. That way if you still have gaming problems you can get an i5 later for like $200 but you probably won't NEED to.
You must get a better graphics card to improve your play and that is where you'll see the biggest improvement dollar for dollar.