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BF3 Dilemma

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December 11, 2011 10:36:26 PM

Trying to get some parts together to play on a 1920x1080 monitor. Keep in mind that I have a low budget, so 2500k and 6950/gtx 560 ti will bust that budget.

will an i3 2100 and 6950 1gb or gtx 560ti perform better than i5 with 6850?

As I understand it, the 2100 wouldn't be able to keep up with large maps and 64 players. On the other hand, will a 6850 give decent gameplay at 1920x1080?

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December 12, 2011 10:56:33 AM

6950 will give you all high settings to get solid 60+fps
6850: mostly mid, some high
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December 12, 2011 12:58:07 PM

Would a 6870 push it more into the high settings over mid?

How would an i3 perform in this game, specifically 64 player huge maps..
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December 12, 2011 5:29:53 PM

Tell us your budget, and exactly what you need to buy?
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December 12, 2011 6:53:24 PM

From what I recall about the tests on CPU overclocking in conjunction with Battlefield 3, there was very little difference between dual cores and quad cores in general.

It MIGHT suffer a little on the 64 player maps, occasionally, as do most cpu's. What you're really looking for is something with the ability to overclock to a decent speed.

BF3 seemed to break the trend of a lot of recent games in that it didn't improve a lot with better CPU's, and even overclocking had little measurable improvements in fps. All of that said, I would be remiss not to overall recommend the i5-2500k instead, since price per performance it beats everything out there pretty handily, it's a stable overclocker for other games and futureproofing, and it's 4 cores which matters in some games now and might matter more in the near future.

That is the general impression I got from the data regarding CPU's and BF3 as it stands now.
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December 12, 2011 7:00:08 PM

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December 12, 2011 7:04:22 PM

Thanks that solved my concerns.
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