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Hello, i would like some help solving the debate i am having with my self.
So i downloaded the BF3 beta and while my graphics card should be able to run the game smoothly on all high, i can barely run it on low, while even then getting frame drops below 30 all the time. So i figured it must be time to upgrade my CPU(Which i think is defective anyways, since i can't even OC it beyond 2.8ghz from 2.4, even 2.9 is already unstable) That and it scores much lower scores on all the benchmarks then the same equal E6600 at stock.

So now its time for me to decide what to upgrade to, im a college student, and sadly have to pay for some of my own tuition and all of my housing, so i don't have to much money to spend on a new computer, but i can save up 500-600$

So i was wondering, should i get a i5-2500K right now, and get it here in 3 days, or wait for BD to come out, see how its actual performance is, and then if its better then 2500k for price-performance ratio, get that. Or wait for the new Intel CPUs however, i do not know how long it will be before they are released. There are many new games, that auto set my settings to highest, but only because of my graphics card, and then my cpu ruins it all.

I would like some actual feedback please, on what you think would be the best option for now and some decent future. Thank you and please no fan-biased answers. Appreciate the time!
Edited by CyberWolf575 - 10/3/11 at 12:00am
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An i5 2500k will do well in BF3 with a p8z68-v pro board, maybe xfire the 6970s when you can afford too. Battlefield 3 seems to be alot more GPU intensive, my cpu only gets to 50-60% load while playing the beta.
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With $500 to $600 budget, I'd take it you'll reuse the case, HDD, PSU, OS, etc right?

I'd say get that i5 now. Doesn't look like BD will outperform SB.
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The fact is there is nothing wrong with the 2500k it will be a solid performer and handle everything you throw at it, regardless of how the Dozer performs. It is a solid buy right now. The benefits of waiting would be either Bulldozer performs better or is close enough to compete dropping prices on the i5 2500k. If it doesn't perform up to snuff, you can just get the 2500k at more than likely the same price. The only downside of waiting is that you don't get the upgrade now, obviously. If you feel you don't need the upgrade now, I think that waiting can only be beneficial or make no difference.

Keep in mind, the 2500k will also require new mobo+RAM. And you'll most likely need to get a new mounting kit for your Zalman, get a new heatsink, or use stock.
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Thank you Much appreciated for all the help! I think i'll wait until BD comes out, just to see if the prices drop or if bd somehow performs better or equal.
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