Originally Posted by Dent1
Q6600 @ 3.6GHz is plenty. My Athlon II X4 @ 3.6Ghz runs BF3 at very high settings, friend has an I5 @ 4.2GHz running the same video card as me and his frame rate minimum is the same as mine, maximum frame rate is only slightly better than mine.
Also bought Max Payne 3 recently. Plays at high settings, frame rate is good. If you've got a beefy video card like the ATI 5850 CF you can get away with a mediocre processor.
Saying that I am looking to upgrade my CPU soon. Late December, early January 2013. I would recommend the OP eventually upgrade his CPU (2.6GHz) soon too as he can't OC to compensate, but the video card is the first priority at will net him atleast a playable frame rate at medium.
Like i said, only once i upgraded to an i7 2600k did i notice how much smoother the gameplay was in BF2 / BF3, specially on large multiplayer maps.
Perhaps this wouldve been different if my q6600 was on a DDR3 board, i dont know