I am a console gamer that is planning to move to PC and was wondering if FPS like Battlefield 3 and CoD are CPU intensive games. I was wondering this because I don't know if I should choose an Athlon II X3 455, a Phenom II X4 965 (both of which I will overclock), an Intel Pentium G860, or an Intel Core i5-3470. I plan to buy a graphics card LATER ON, so Intel already has an advantage over AMD because of Intel's iGPU. Maybe I could go with an AMD option and get a better graphics card to counter the not-as-good CPU performance, therefore saving money? That also means I have to put a graphics card into my system immediately because of the lack of iGPUs on AMD's options.
I don't have a budget, but the lower the price, the better.
Yes the cpu is important but the GPU is equally important....for First Person you should be thinking about a card that costs at LEAST half the cost of the whole machine.... so £1000 MACHINE = £500 graphics card.... etc...
Yes, recent shooters as BF3, Crysis and the next coming MOH Warfighter uses more cores. Actually in multiplayer it can even use 6-8 cores. Also is important high clocks to handle very intensive shooting-explosion scenarios. Your best choice is An I5 3470. It comes with a respectable stock clock, and a turbo boost to help handle those masive loads of action
An I5 stock will perform much better than any phenom ii overclocked and you can forget about CPU for a long time, its quad core, recent tech and will handle everything you throw it. With that CPU will will only care about the GPU.
If money is not a problem, you SHOULD get an I5 3570k and OC to get a better performance on multiplayer games. But remember, your GPU will defenetly give you most of the gaming performance. So if you have a $240 CPU + $150 GPU you will have less FPS than a $180 CPU + $210 GPU....
Modern Warfare 3 is not nearly as hard on hardware as BF3 & Crysis are. Horaciopz said it best IMO, don't skimp on either one, try to keep the CPU & GPU close to each other performance wise.
I just built a budget rig with an SB i3 & a Radeon 6850 and their performance is great in Skyrim (1080 High), World of Warcraft (1080 Ultra) & Diablo 3 (1080 Medium & High) but all those titles only use 2 cores. If I were to play BF3 then I would probably kick myself for not getting an i5-2500K & GTX 660.