Battlefield 3 cpu upgrade

So, I am poor but would like to play battlefield 3 on higher settings.

Current specs

evga nforce 680i lt motherboard
intel e6550
4 gb ddr2 800
nvidia gtx 560 ti

I currently run battlefield 3 on low to avoid performance hitches while playing online. I believe I am being held back by my cpu. My question is if I were to upgrade my cpu to a qx6850, the fastest quad core cpu my current motherboard supports, would I see a significant upgrade in performance over my e6550? It looks like I can acquire this cpu for around $200 off of ebay. Compared to the roughly $400 it would cost to upgrade to a more current mother/cpu/memory combo. Obviously the $400 option would net me better performance but I am poor so I would like to go with the cheapest viable option but I also don't want to just throw money away if the qx6850 wont give me the boost I want over my current setup.
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  1. core 2quad Q 9400,9450 i think your motherboard will support. Its at almost 200$ on ebay.Do a bios update before changing the processor.These cpu's are better than qx6850
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    You can also pick up 8GB of ddr3 for between $20 and $30. Total we be around $195-205. Also the 2100 is on sale for $115 all the time.

    The i3 will blow away any QXXX in BF3 and hang with any i7 quad. The cpu only consumes a max of 65w, and has integrated graphics if your video card ever takes a crap.

    Plus the platform would be upgradable to a faster Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge cpu.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-13.html
  3. honestly you should hold out and just bight the bullet and when you save up the money get a sandy bridge cpu and ram mobo. its either 200 now and 400 later or just 400 now. the 200 dollars would be a band aide to the bigger problem.

    Bf3 needs a good fast quad core to be good online, dont let people tell you otherwise.
  4. cbrunnem said:


    Bf3 needs a good fast quad core to be good online, dont let people tell you otherwise.


    or 2 sandy cores with hyperthreading. A good graphics card is the key with BF3.
  5. I would advise anyone upgrading their computers to get a 2500k or 2600k, I know the cost seems high. But it is so worth it if you want to play games like Battlefield 3.
  6. geekapproved said:
    or 2 sandy cores with hyperthreading. A good graphics card is the key with BF3.

    2 cores plus hyperthreading makes playing online unplayable for me.
  7. i3-2100, then use your saved money on the highest end ivybridge cpu (i7-3770k) :lol:
  8. Thanks for the info guys. Very helpful.
  9. amuffin said:
    i3-2100, then use your saved money on the highest end ivybridge cpu (i7-3770k) :lol:


    I'm not to fond of that advice to be honest. You may as well not buy a computer and just wait then with the saved money buy a new GPU or something lol
  10. What baffles me is Tom's did an article about BF3 cpu scaling, and they did all the tests in single player....?? HUH

    Why wouldn't they do the test in MP, I mean who plays the SP more than once or for more than one day....??

    How dumb. I've yet to see a BF3 cpu scaling article where the tests were done in 64player MP.
  11. majorgibly said:
    I'm not to fond of that advice to be honest. You may as well not buy a computer and just wait then with the saved money buy a new GPU or something lol

    Oops I meant the i5-3750k :ange:
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