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Get i3-2100, and get a gtx 570, BF3 is very GPU bounded. According to this article, even an i3 matches the i7 in performance. Link
    
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Get i3-2100, and get a gtx 570, BF3 is very GPU bounded. According to this article, even an i3 matches the i7 in performance. Link

I actually was gonna say look into an i3. especially if your not into overclocking. And in the future you can upgrade your cpu to a more powerful one so 1155 is a good choice.

I have two 460s in sli and I can almost run the game on max but have to adjust it a little to maintain my 60 fraps. So put more money into the gpu. 560 ti is a good place to start.
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Get i3-2100, and get a gtx 570, BF3 is very GPU bounded. According to this article, even an i3 matches the i7 in performance. Link

Odd.. I always thought that because I had a dual core, I got terrible FPS. Now it's the other way around? but I'll see. I really wanna get a quad so I can do other things too.
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It's having older architecture which is hurting most, probably. If you want to delay spending money on upgrading you could always just try a new video card first and see if performance is acceptable.
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Odd.. I always thought that because I had a dual core, I got terrible FPS. Now it's the other way around? but I'll see. I really wanna get a quad so I can do other things to.
That's understandable, but if you want the best performance for bf3, put as much as you can into the gpu.

Here's a post of cpu performance in bf3 to show just how gpu dependent bf3 really is.

http://www.overclock.net/video-game-...3-gpu-cpu.html

Your cpu really won't limit you very much in bf3...at least according to the site posted.
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Odd.. I always thought that because I had a dual core, I got terrible FPS. Now it's the other way around? confused.gif but I'll see. I really wanna get a quad so I can do other things to.

your 260 is a pretty solid card though maybe look into just upgrading to the quad core you want now and add another 260?
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your 260 is a pretty solid card though maybe look into just upgrading to the quad core you want now and add another 260?
This is a total noob question but can you SLI two GTX 260s from two different manufacturers? I might do this instead matter of fact :O
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Yes, maker of the card doesn't matter. As long as it's the same series (2x260s). I believe that if both cards have two different clock speeds, it runs both at the lower speed. 1 of my cards was at 850 or something and the other was 900, and the second card (faster) was only seeing about 96% usage. I used afterburner to clock both to the same speed and see 99% on both in high-use situations now.
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This is a total noob question but can you SLI two GTX 260s from two different manufacturers? I might do this instead matter of fact :O

yeah like reloaded said it will be fine. but i don't know how it works with the 260s since one version has less cores if i recall its 216 and one with 190 or something. so find out which one you have and look for an identical one. I personally like to use the same card just because.

But Id say look into getting the i5 2500k if you want to get a quad. with a p67 chipset and you'll be set for at least a year or two. let me know what you decide on.
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