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Hey guys, so im trying to figure out what would have the best and worst performance between these three set ups in battlefield bad company 2 at 1280x1024 rez

1.AMD phenom x4 840 with a gts 250 1gb

2.AMD phenom x2 560 Black edition with gts 250 1gb

3.E8400 with gtx 260 (216 core)

None of these set ups will be overclocked, so stock speeds. Im afraid in bfbc2 that the 8400 wouldnt be enough, but with them amd the gts 250 would be enough

quick replies would be greatly appreciated since i need to know in a few hours

Thanks guys! +reps

Edit: okay good to hear so quad it is question would it be worth it to get the x4 965 over the x4 840 (stock, maybe light oc)? or would he be getting the most out of the set up with the x4 840 with the 250 (so the 965 wouldnt give any or not that large fps boost)?
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ah okay, +reps

anyone, other thoughts, opinions?
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BFBC2 is optimized for quads, so the 840 + 250 is probably your best bet. At that res, you shouldn't be GPU limited, regardless of what you choose, so I'd def go for the strongest CPU you can get.
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At such 'low resolution' (1280x1024), the difference between a GTX260 216 and a GTS250 is not that big.

I would put the emphasis on the CPU. Of the 3 CPUs, the strongest is Phenom II x4 840.
So, my top choice is Phenom II x4 840 + GTS250 1GB.
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BFBC2 is CPU depending game, so I think You'll do better to play with Phenom II X4 840.

And GTS250 should be enough, my friend plays BFBC2 with R4850 at highest details pretty comfortable but at 1280x1024 resolution.
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BFBC2 is optimized for quads, so the 840 + 250 is probably your best bet. At that res, you shouldn't be GPU limited, regardless of what you choose, so I'd def go for the strongest CPU you can get.
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At such 'low resolution' (1280x1024), the difference between a GTX260 216 and a GTS250 is not that big.

I would put the emphasis on the CPU. Of the 3 CPUs, the strongest is Phenom II x4 840.
So, my top choice is Phenom II x4 840 + GTS250 1GB.
ah okay, im rebuilding a friends rig so im trying to figure out what to do. He orginally had the e8400 and a 260

but now hes got a gts 250 and im looking into those two processors, i originally though i might be downgrading what he had before.. but sounds like i might be on part or better

Thanks +rep

Edit: oh do you guys think it would be a large difference in performance or slight/on par? just curious
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
ah okay, im rebuilding a friends rig so im trying to figure out what to do. He orginally had the e8400 and a 260

but now hes got a gts 250 and im looking into those two processors, i originally though i might be downgrading what he had before.. but sounds like i might be on part or better

Thanks +rep

Edit: oh do you guys think it would be a large difference in performance or slight/on par? just curious
With a strong CPU like i7 920 at 3.8GHz, Techpowerup shows that GTX260 216 leads GTS250 by an average of 19% at 1280x1024.
Link: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/G...0_1_GB/29.html

Now, bit-tech.net shows that, for Battlefield BC2, 2-cores CPU lags behind 4-cores CPU by about 19% at 1920x1200. If it were 1280x1024, I suppose the difference might be slightly wider. While an i7 980 was used to study the effect of number of cores on gaming, this result could still shed some light on this matter.

So, for BF:BC2 at 1280x1024, my best estimate is that Phenom II x4 840 (stock 3.2GHz) with GTS250 1GB should be on par with E8400 (stock 3.0GHz) with GTX260 216.
Link:http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...o-games-need/5

Edit 1:
Here is a review of Phenom II x4 840. The following page summarizes its strength in gaming vs C2D E7500 3GHz (similar to E8500).
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A..._X4_840/9.html
Edited by windfire - 6/11/11 at 4:59am
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With a strong CPU like i7 920 at 3.8GHz, Techpowerup shows that GTX260 216 leads GTS250 by an average of 19% at 1280x1024.
Link: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/G...0_1_GB/29.html

Now, bit-tech.net shows that, for Battlefield BC2, 2-cores CPU lags behind 4-cores CPU by about 19% at 1920x1200. If it were 1280x1024, I suppose the difference might be slightly wider. While an i7 980 was used to study the effect of number of cores on gaming, this result could still shed some light on this matter.

So, for BF:BC2 at 1280x1024, my best estimate is that Phenom II x4 840 (stock 3.2GHz) with GTS250 1GB should be on par with E8400 (stock 3.0GHz) with GTX260 216.
Link:http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...o-games-need/5

Edit 1:
Here is a review of Phenom II x4 840. The following page summarizes its strength in gaming vs C2D E7500 3GHz (similar to E8500).
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A..._X4_840/9.html
ah okay good reads if i got a Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition, do you think there would be a real benefit (maybe with a light oc?) over the x4 840. Or would the x4 840 paired with the 250 be pretty much the "most" performance i could get out of this cpu + gpu combo?

Def +reps to you
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Absolutely the 840 at that resolution, at higher resolutions the card would likely be a vast BN as BC2 is a true quad core game. Granted, this is speculation and benchmarks could prove it wrong.
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