But wait, there’s more. What about the Radeon HD 6900s in CrossFire? After all, AMD claims to have made some notable improvements to its scaling.
You’re only going to buy two high-end graphics cards if you’re running at the top resolutions with visual details maxed out. That’s where the 2 GB frame buffers featured on both 6900-series cards come in handy. In many cases, two $300 Radeon HD 6950s outperform a pair of $350 GeForce GTX 570s, saving you $100 total for better frame rates.
^ A i5 2400 or i5 2500K would probably handle BF3 better than a 955. The thing is, as good as the 955 is, it struggles in many CPU intensive games. It may be a good bang for the buck, but in terms of performance it possibly will struggle.
I will give you a real life situation. I tried out the Shogun 2 Demo (granted it is a DEMO) but still my 955 struggled to keep up with the game. My GPU was fine however, but still. That just shows the 955's age, it isn't CRAZY noticeable age, but it is rather slower than new tech.
Also BC2 even forces my 955 to about 80% on each core, (more like 75% or 70%) So I dunno, you may or may not want to look into the i5 2400/2500 or if you overclock the 2500K.
I need to keep my build under 850.00 if possible. Will the chip and motherboard change greatly alter the price structure? When I compared the Intel chips and boards that I thought would be more future proof the price profile changed greatly.