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October 21, 2011 7:21:03 PM

So I have a q6600 2.40ghz, 4gb of ddr2 ram, Windows 7 64bit, Geforce GTX 560ti, 500 watt MODXSTREAM PSU

I want to play battlefield 3 in decent settings, doesn't have to be all high.

So I'm wondering if I should:

1) Buy a new mobo for my q6600 (cuz my current mobo is locked doesn't allow OCing), a 212 fan, and a new case (cuz my case is a stock HP case). I plan to try to OC my q6600 to 3.0 ghz. - Cost $150 - $180 CAD

OR

2) Buy a Core i5 2500k, 4gb of DDR3 ram, a mobo for the i5, and a new case - Cost $400 - $450 CAD

OR

3) Could I just run the game on my current specs no problem? I'll have to buy a new fan since my OEM fan is 4 years old lol - Cost $ 20 - 30 CAD for the fan :) 

Of course my goal here is to save and NOT WASTE the most money. Whatever will last me a good few years and is cheapest is what I'm looking for. All suggestions and advice is welcome. Thank you!

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October 21, 2011 7:23:36 PM

i say 2.... but, what is your GPU..... BF3 is a very GPU heavy game.
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October 21, 2011 7:56:29 PM

inerax said:
i say 2.... but, what is your GPU..... BF3 is a very GPU heavy game.

Geforce 560ti - Whats your reason for choosing option 2?
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October 23, 2011 3:06:10 AM

I would go for option 3 to start with, if it turns out your system can't handle it then i would go for option 2, and you will have a good CPU cooler that will work with the new system. Its always worth at least waiting and trying first, it might work fine, it might barely work in which case an OC wouldn't help you out a ton and the newer system would be justified, its just hard to know without the game actually being out yet.
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October 23, 2011 3:11:18 AM

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your response! So far it's the most detailed and informative :) !
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