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Llano A8-3850 vs Phenom 2 1100T budget BF3 online rig

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?

Llano A8:

Phenom 2:

P.S, What is it with people saying you need 50+ fps to be playable? Back in the day I would consider 20 fps playable.
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  1. 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
  2. You should specify a budget. Llano is only better in a very low budget range, I'm thinking when you hit about $300 you're already better off with discrete graphics.
  3. 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.

    & I play on 1024x768 on an old 22 inch LCD, lol.
  4. 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.
  5. Best answer
    Below will easily cater for your BF3 needs.
    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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    Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
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    AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
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    Subtotal: $411.96
  6. Best answer selected by WageSlaveEscape.
  7. Thanks so much, you guys are awesome. Although for some reason I just want to stear clear of Asrock boards, I'll edit post when I'm at work asking about my mobo choice. Love you guys so much =]
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