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October 7, 2012 7:28:29 AM

One computer is
Intel core i5 processor 2.67GHz
windows 7 64 bit OS
ati radeon HD 4600 series
8gb of ram

The other is
Intel core i3 processor 3.33GHz
Windows 7 64 bit OS
ATI radeon HD 6800 series
4gb of ram

Which one is better. Also one computer can run battlefield 3 at ultra settings and not lag while one has to be set to low settings to be playable. Can you guess which one is which?

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October 7, 2012 7:46:07 AM

well for gaming the second one. if its a 6870 then thats a nice pairing with the i3 for gaming to be honest. 4gb of RAM should be enough for most games too. the first option looks like it has an older i5, and to be honest the 4600 series is pretty dated now. I think bf3 at ultra might be a stretch even for the second one, but it may be possible. multiplayer might suffer without the true 4 cores of the i5, but other than that the second one is definately the way to go.
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October 7, 2012 7:46:11 AM

The second one is far better for gaming because of the graphics. If that's an old dual-core i5, then it also has a better CPU as well as better graphics. However, if you get the second computer, you might want to get a RAM upgrade to 8GB. Most games won't have any issue with it at all, but you would have trouble multi-tasking in some games and some future games might need more memory to run properly. RAM is dirt cheap (like $30-40 for 8GB of good DDR3 RAM), so it's no big deal.
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October 7, 2012 7:54:40 AM

burgessanthony said:
well for gaming the second one. if its a 6870 then thats a nice pairing with the i3 for gaming to be honest. 4gb of RAM should be enough for most games too. the first option looks like it has an older i5, and to be honest the 4600 series is pretty dated now. I think bf3 at ultra might be a stretch even for the second one, but it may be possible. multiplayer might suffer without the true 4 cores of the i5, but other than that the second one is definately the way to go.


Many older i5s have only two cores. OP didn't say the i5's model number, so we don't know how many cores it has.
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October 7, 2012 11:55:31 AM

ye i wasnt implying the i5 in question was a quad core; although i see it reads like that. What I meant was that in terms of the i3, the only situation it may not perform superbly is in the instance where 4 true cores are needed, such as in the modern i5's.

sorry for the confusion there.
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October 7, 2012 12:42:14 PM

Hi :) 

Neither is going to play BF3 on Ultra...

All the best Brett :) 
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October 7, 2012 12:49:03 PM

I think he has an i3-560 and an i5-750 (Quad Core).

The Dual Core i5's are running higher than 3.0ghz. (i.e. i5-650 @ 3.2ghz)
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October 7, 2012 2:44:28 PM

depends on what resolution you want to max out BF3 ..the second rig will be better but still wont be maxing BF3 at 1080p..but its possible at below 1080p
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October 12, 2012 1:57:39 AM

@ Brett928S2
The second one plays BF3 on ultra and runs smoothly. My resolution is 1680x1050 not 1980x1080. My monitor doesn't go up that high. Even on that resolution it still looks really clear.
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