Cheapest processor for descent gamining experence on battlefield2

vxspiritxv

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I need a little help with this, I always buy overkill for myself, and have no experience in finding the cheapest thing to do the job. I have a friend with an amd 6000+ system that has crashed since day one doing anything intensive, I'm not going to even bother attempting to fix it, my guess would be a bios/memory issue because it runs fine otherwise and temps are fine, not overclocked. Anyways, looking for the least expensive processor that will give a good experience for that game, without overclocking. A videocard will be given to him (it will most likely be my other friends nvidia 9800gtx, which I believe is pic-e, at least I hope it is, if not, ill give him my 260 when I upgrade to the 580, once the price goes down to msrp).

My quick choice would be Intel Core i3-540 ($114.99 newegg) but seems kinda high price at being the 'cheapest option', without looking at celerons, for which I haven't owned since the 300A. Should I be looking at AMD for him? AMD Phenom 9850 ($69.99) looks like a way better deal?
 

stealthy123

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I would stick with amd for the price it's hard to beat. but I would stay away from first generation phenoms.

I am guessing it's a socket 939 he is running now?
 

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There's an x3 black edition for $72 right now on the hot deals forum, you could get an amd mobo for $60 and 4gb of ram for $60, and he would be good to go, unless his psu sucks then I would spend another $40-$60 on a good psu.
 

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Ehren8879

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I've played BC2 on both my dual core and my a friend's quad machine. The quad core desktop made for smoother gameplay. I'd recommend going with at least a triple core CPU
 

harpoon

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Just to make sure, do you mean BF2 or BF:BC2? Because the CPU requirements of these two games are drasticaly different! BF2 runs fine on any modern CPU (AMD or Intel) but BC2 needs a fast quad for best performance.
 

Stone Cold

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I'd go with a AMD Athlon II X3, 445 or better. It's a better value than an i3-based system. For BF:BC2, the X3 is all the more better than the i3.

At least try to run your friend's computer with each memory chip individually before giving up on it.
 

Slava

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If it's Battlefield 2, then it doesnt require anything special. 5 year old computer can run it. lol
 

monst0r

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bf2 doesn't need a modern cpu at all really, maybe a decent graphics card if you want to max it out.
 

IronRuler

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The Phenom II x3 715 is a better CPU than the Athlon II x4 and it is only $72. Benchmarks show most games oddly enough take advantage of three cores, not two or four.
 

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Wait... Are we talking about Battlefield 2 from like '05 or Battlefield Bad Company 2 which came out this year?
 

vxspiritxv

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Ya were talking the 5 year old game.
I'll try to fix his computer. If it doesn't work out then ill see about getting him into a X3 system, $74 on the egg sounds like a good deal. Thanks for the help.
 

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J. Cyrus

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If you wanna go real cheap, grab a used C2D E8xxx... I got my E8200 for $50 last year in CL and have had it running @ 3.7 since..

A mobo shouldn't be too difficult to come by..
 
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