Help w/ system bottle-neck

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Armadillo of Doom, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    After trying out L4D (slow to the party I know), and reinstalling Oblivion, I think it's time for an upgrade. I'm pretty sure that my current problem is the cpu, but I'd like to get an opinion from some other techies. I can run TF2 at max settings just fine, averaging 40fps. But w/ L4D, I'm lucky to break 20 :( Don't even get me started on Oblivion, lol. Specs;

    1440x900 widescreen
    e4300 1.8ghz dual-core overclocked to 2.7, 65nanometer tech, not sure about cache size
    9800gt w/ 512mb 256-bit gddr3
    4gb ddr2-800, but winxp only recognizes 3.4gb
    550 watt psu
    sata 1.5gb/s hdd @ 7200rpm

    So what do you all think? And if I do get a beefier cpu, is 550 watts enough to handle it? As an aside, what could this system do w/ Crysis? Any help is much appreciated :)
  2. psikobare

    psikobare L1: Registered

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    it is

    you're welcome
  3. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Brilliant Holmes :glare: But how much of an upgrade do I actually need, and can my psu support it?
  4. DJive

    aa DJive Cake or Death?

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    TBH your system is pretty good.

    when was the last fresh install of windows or a good defrag?

    I run...

    a lower processor.
    a 8800 gts
    4gb ram same.
    450watt psu.

    and do them both fine without lagging.

    If you do still feel your PC needs an upgrade then yes your PSU @ 550 should have no problem supporting it.
  5. Smetzle

    Smetzle L3: Member

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    Your craphics card would probably struggle at anything higher than medium settings with Crysis (I have a 9800GTX+ and it can only just run it an max settings with DX10 at 1024x768). If you want a quad-core CPU you may need a higher-watt PSU - I have an AMD Phenom II 920 and a *crawls under desk to look through wicked-sick case window* 700W power supply.
  6. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    This is my rig and it gets about 60FPS on Crysis with SLi on.

    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT X 2 (SLi)
    1200 Watt PSU
    SATA 3GB/s 7200RPM 350 GB HDD
    Primary monitor resolution 1920x1080
    Secondary monitor resolution 1680x1050
    Secondary monitor resolution 1280x1024

    Newegg was having a big sale and I got all but the monitors for about $1,500.
  7. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    Tertiary* :p
  8. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    Get a Q6600. Good for map compiling, good for games. It's probably less than £100. Your PSU will be able to handle it fine.
  9. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    I can second this. It's an amazing processor.
  10. Stormcaller3801

    Stormcaller3801 L5: Dapper Member

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    Personally I've got a Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz running with a 500W PSU. Graphics card is a 8600 GTS, 2GB RAM, and a 22" widescreen 1600x1200 LCD, plus a half-dozen peripherals on USB and six 120mm fans cooling the thing. Because there's no kill like overkill.

    If you want to check and see what you're using and what you might need you could try this wattage calculator on Newegg.
  11. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    I appreciate the info guys. Alas, $200 for the cpu alone is a bit out of my budget atm :( I've decided to go w/ the e7400. Bigger cache size, and all around better performance. In theory, this will also help me get more juice out of the ram and gpu. When I finally do move up to 1600x1200, quad-core is the way to go :)