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Thread Starter 
So I have been planning on building a whole new rig after upgrading my Q6600 machine to its extent.

I was looking at a:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
with the Sandy Bridges 2500

I'm really building this machine to be able to play BF3, but I was going to wait on purchasing a new graphics card until the game requirements come out. I would switch over my two 4850s (F-22s in noise level and run quite hot XD) until then. I want my rig to be as future proof as possible. Would it be worth it to wait until the ivy bridge comes out? I couldn't afford to pay anymore than I am right now so I think the bulldozer would be out of the question. I also do music production which is why I am looking at the upgrade right now.

bottom line:
Is there going to be a large enough increase in processor performance to hold off until I actually purchase the new graphics card for BF3?

post #2 of 4
There's absolutely nothing wrong with an i5 2500k for gaming.
(if that's mostly what you'll be using it for, go for it)

Also, I'm fairly certain a GTX580/HD6970 will be able to max out BF3 at 1080p.
post #3 of 4
To better assist you, here's the Battlefield 3 requirements from the news section:
Minimum requirements for Battlefield 3
OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz
Graphic card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card.
Graphics card memory: 512 MB
Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

Recommended system requirements for Battlefield 3
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
Graphics card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, GeForce GTX 460, Radeon Radeon HD 6850
Graphics card memory: 1 GB
Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
hmm okay thanks! since the 6970 is a little outside my budget at the moment, I think I am going to hold off until closer to the release date. My q6600 is the earlier model of that line, so I was unable to OC it, holding back the 4850s. Having the 2500k setup will definitely give the boost that I need atm (I only play heroes of newerth, BFBC2, and arma2).
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