I would really like to get the Llano and wait a year or so to upgrade my video card. I work at a car wash so I don't have a lot of money. But I take gaming verry seriously. From the days of research I've done, the Llano will play BF3 multiplayer at around >30 FPS on integrated graphics. That's fine for me. I don't care about graphics either. What I absolutely will not tolerate is my guns fire rate being slowed down, it taking a moment for my gun to shoot, and more than the occasional stutter. I want to be competitive in BF3, this is very important. But I also don't want to overkill on the hardware [$$].
So my question, would I get more value by going with a Phenom 2 1100T and a graphics card? Or will the Llano A8 with integrated-GPU-only be acceptably competitive in BF3?
as far as i know the llano is the equivalent of an athlon x4 and a 5670 in one socket. youll get better framrates out of a phenom x4 (six cores arent needed for gaming) and a 6870 but its up to you whether the difference is worth it, what res do you play at
Well I'm going to need a mobo, ram, cpu, vid card, all of that I'll pay around lets say $400. But I gotta stress, I'm really serious about gaming. I don't want to upgrade and see stutters and low fps. Idk if I'd even be able to notice a difference between 30 fps and 50 fps anyway, can you guys? I'm leaning more and more towards a Phenom 2 x4 960T 3.0ghz, thinking I'll want a dedicated video card right away. But if I could wait a year for the graphics card, I don't mind a little slower CPU. Thanks so much for the help.
For $412 you can get a 960T, 8 GB RAM, HD6870 and a CrossFire ready mobo for upgrading. That's miles ahead a Llano build. If the $400 is absolute maximum you can get a cheaper mobo that doesn't allow for future CF.