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Which would be better for recording games like Battlefield 3?

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October 10, 2012 3:51:02 AM

Trying to build something on a budget capable of recording games with fraps. Which of these two gpu/cpu combinations would yield better fps when running a game and fraps simultaneously? And how much performance difference would there be between them?

Phenom ii x4 965 (stock speeds at 3.4 ghz) and 7850 2gb

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i5 3330 and gtx 560?
October 10, 2012 4:15:34 AM

id get a i5 3470 for 179.99 and a 7850 for 179.99 if you can. if you just game most of the time, get a i3 2120 or 3220 as it performs much better than the phenom ii in games
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October 10, 2012 4:16:00 AM

I would just go with the Phenom + 7850.
Way better performance GPU and an unlocked CPU.
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October 10, 2012 4:17:26 AM

it will take a bit of overclocking to reach i3 performance. not to mention the 3x the use of power
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October 10, 2012 4:19:16 AM

That's true. I'm not denying the i3 is better though.
Just answering his first post. :p 
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October 10, 2012 10:27:58 AM

TheBigTroll said:
id get a i5 3470 for 179.99 and a 7850 for 179.99 if you can. if you just game most of the time, get a i3 2120 or 3220 as it performs much better than the phenom ii in games


I've thought about an i3. I know its really powerful for gaming just because most games only use 1-2 cores, but could it handle recording games?
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October 10, 2012 10:36:26 AM

recording only takes a little hit on your fps. still high enough so that you can play smoothly
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October 10, 2012 10:48:55 AM

TheBigTroll said:
recording only takes a little hit on your fps. still high enough so that you can play smoothly


Alright thanks a lot man! I've heard really mixed opinions about what the i3 can and can't handle.
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October 10, 2012 10:58:02 AM

an i3 isnt that great on huge multi-player maps just saying.
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October 10, 2012 11:02:46 AM

TheBigTroll said:
an i3 isnt that great on huge multi-player maps just saying.


But I could always just turn the graphics down for a bit if I happen to be playing on one to get better frames, right?
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October 10, 2012 11:15:12 AM

you probably dont need to. the 7850 can play games nicely at ultra presets.
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October 10, 2012 11:17:36 AM

what games are you planning on playing and recording? Only recording bf3 or?
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October 10, 2012 11:26:14 AM

The title says it all.... :lol: 
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October 10, 2012 11:46:06 AM

Phenom over the i3 if your recording simply as its a quad though you will want to OC it.

Recording BF3 on a gtx560 could get painful unless you settle on low settings (assuming your playing at 1080 and recording at 720).
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October 10, 2012 11:59:39 AM

wr6133 said:
Phenom over the i3 if your recording simply as its a quad though you will want to OC it.

Recording BF3 on a gtx560 could get painful unless you settle on low settings (assuming your playing at 1080 and recording at 720).


? I've seen plenty videos of people using a gtx 560 to play BF3 while playing on high-ultra 1080p and getting smooth fps.
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October 10, 2012 12:13:09 PM

CrypticBox said:
? I've seen plenty videos of people using a gtx 560 to play BF3 while playing on high-ultra 1080p and getting smooth fps.


Ask yourself "if the GTX560 plays BF3 ultra and records why on earth does anyone buy anyhting better than a gtx560"?

GTX560 can't play at ultra with 60FPS average at 1080 (youtube is irrelevent it's a simple fact the card can't do it), It can manage high if you dont mind serious dips, medium if you want decent steady FPS. Now if you add in FRAPS recording which leeches some of your FPS your looking at recording at low or at best a mix of medium and low otherwise your gameplay (and recording) is going to be a stuttery messy load of cr@p.
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October 10, 2012 12:39:04 PM

CrypticBox said:
? I've seen plenty videos of people using a gtx 560 to play BF3 while playing on high-ultra 1080p and getting smooth fps.

Hun, I doubt that.
Here are some benchmarks of the 560 Ti, which is a powered up version of the GTX 560- so take out a few fps for being a regular 560, and a few more for fraps.



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October 10, 2012 12:44:06 PM

the Phenom II X4 is far superior to the Core i3 when taking account multithreaded performance and multiplayer gaming.So if you have to decide between those two it's a no-brainer.BUT if you really don't want to take a big FPS hit from fraps you need to get a second HDD or preferably a SSD just for the recordings.
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October 10, 2012 8:27:53 PM

just remember that a phenom takes 2-3x as much power as a i3 to perform a tad better.
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October 10, 2012 8:31:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
just remember that a phenom takes 2-3x as much power as a i3 to perform a tad better.


Thats a poor troll attempt :kaola:  if you can afford a luxury like a gaming PC the power cost between an i3 and a Phenom II is irrelevent...... and I live in Britain where power is not cheap
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October 10, 2012 8:36:57 PM

im cheap ok. i dont pay the powerbill (still a kid) but saving power to do the same task at around the same speed is still something. i dont see why you would just chuck more watts at something just so that you can gain a little more performance
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October 10, 2012 8:41:56 PM

Somebody did the maths here a while back and figured out if played for 6 hours per day going by the cost of electricity in his state (think it was florida) it would have cost I believe $2 a month more to run the Phenom than the i3, not really a meaningful amount.
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October 10, 2012 8:43:26 PM

i could buy junk food for my battlestation with 2 bucks

and 2 dollars does add up. not much but still something
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October 10, 2012 8:48:00 PM

Trust me when you have to worry about all the bills, rent, petrol for the car, the taxman and various other cr@p saying $2 a month on the electric bill matters is pretty laughable
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