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I'm wondering which processor would be better for the game Battlefield 3. I know it makes use of all threads so a quad core would benefit but a lot of the benchmarks I'm seeing with the 965 and i3 2100 faced against each other, the i3 wins (by the majority). No benchmarks on Battlefield 3 though.

So I'm just wondering which one would be faster on this game, because honestly I was able to run every game out there on pretty high settings (most of the time maxed without anti-aliasing) except Grand Theft Auto IV (with modified cars and a traffic loader) on the dual core Intel Core 2 Duo E8400.

Right now my brother's PC already has the Phenom II 975 BE but apparently it likes cold temperatures and I don't have enough money to actually buy a decent cooler (around $30 or so) and I see that money could go into something else like a better processor.

My friend is offering me an Intel Core i3 2120 plus a Gigabyte Z68-UD3H (B3) motherboard for my AMD Phenom II 975 BE and MSI 870A-G54 motherboard.

I only bought the Phenom II for $50 off someone on craigslist and the MSI board for $41 on eBay as well, both working perfectly. The only thing is the stock fan sucks! And it really likes cold temperatures and this can't cool for *****! It idles at 30C-35C and loads at 55C-65C which is horrible considering it apparently throttles down at 55C

The positive reasons I see with the trade is

-Added Mac OSX "Hackintosh" support
-LGA 1155 platform (upgradable to i5 2500K later on, which that "$30" can go towards)
-Stock Intel fan is much, much quieter
-I can use the motherboard for my i7 system and actually overclock (exchange it with my 4 VRM's P8P67 LE which sucks at over clocking)

Negative reasons
-Loss of two cores (scaling back to dual core, but it does have HyperThreading so it has four threads)
-Slower performance in GTA IV

The only thing I'm left on deciding is whether or not Battlefield 3 will be slower or faster on the i3. I bought BF3 for my brother's system and we're going to be playing it a lot soo it's plays a major part in whether or not I'm going to trade.
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Get the i3, better overall.
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If you look at the system specs I have below you can get a good idea of what system I have (graphics card wise and stuff)

It's going to be paired with a power-hungry NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
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Get the i3, better overall.

How about for Battlefield 3 though?
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I would have said phenom...
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I would have said phenom...

How does Battlefield 3 run for you on your system in multiplayer? Max, min, avg FPS?
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Phenom II

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How about for Battlefield 3 though?


The i3 performs a bit lower in BF3 or GTA IV than the phenom .

But since you've yourself said that you can always put a K processor in that socket and all the other features, I'd go with the i3. With AMD over here, you're pretty much stuck.

But once you start overclocking the phenom, it has the potential to destroy the i3.
Edited by chip94 - 1/19/13 at 2:01pm
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Well I like your long term plan for a 1155 upgrade but For mainly BF3, the PhenomII might be the better choice. Most BF3 benchmarks you have probably seen aren't multiplayer benchmarks because there can be significant differences between each multiplayer session (player count/ping/number of projectiles or explosions), its difficult to create a fair and repeatable comparison. But most avid players say BF3 MP does favor more cores.
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Phenom II is better for BF3 than the i3 but the Intel socket would be a much better option because you can upgrade from there. Gaming isn't going to get any better on AMD for a long time than it is on a Phenom II. Intel already kills AMD in the gaming department. Get the i3 or just save up a bit more for an i5.

Don't get stuck with an AM3+ socket if you're into gaming. This is coming from a guy who owns and loves his Phenom II (960T) and a nice AM3+ MOBO - but I plan to upgrade to an i7 this year because AMD is falling short for my typical usage lately.
     
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