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post #1 of 14
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Here is my rig:

-Intel E8500 Core 2 Duo Processor Wolfdale E0 Stepping 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache
-EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard Dual Gigabit Lan (3)x16 PCI-E Slots for Tri-SLI
-(2)EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SuperClocked Edition In SLI
-G. Skill DDR2 1000Mhz Ram 4 gigs
-Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler
-Corsair PSU 750TX Watt Single Rain
-Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
-Samsung DVD/RW
-Coolermaster Centurion 5 Case

I'm noticing some struggling through BFBC2 + CRYSIS 2...

CPU or GPU bottleneck?
    
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CPU, I think it's time to move to something like 2500k
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Agreed, CPU, That might be a slight bottle-neck in the CPU.
   
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just upgrade to a 775 C2Q. Not everyone needs an i5/i7. If you were to upgrade to the 2500k, you would need a new mobo. the Q9650 is good enough, so is the Q9505
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I actually tried the q9550 in my rig and took it back to the store.

It actually hurt my gaming performance...
    
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Originally Posted by wick001 View Post
I actually tried the q9550 in my rig and took it back to the store.

It actually hurt my gaming performance...
You're kidding. I went from an E8400 to a Q9550 and it tore it a new one.

Especially in BFBC2, I gained at least 15-20 minimum FPS just from that switch.

Most games are actually utilizing more than two cores, especially the ones that are multi-platform, since the xbox 360 has a tri core.
Edited by gl0ry - 4/26/11 at 9:58am
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post #7 of 14
It already been said a few times, but upgrade your CPU. I would suggest the 2500k if money permits. I got a basic msi board, and I'm running it at 4.9ghz on air. It does get a tad warm at times, but it's stable and possible. If you're going to upgrade, do it right. For the money, you can beat the 2500k.


What are some games you're playing right now? And what average fps' are you getting? I'll compare to my i5 system.
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post #8 of 14
Don't upgrade anything until you can afford upgrading CPU+Motherboard+Ram.

After that, the GPUs.
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post #9 of 14
A Q9550 @ 2.83ghz. will loose performance to an E8500@3.16ghz. unless you spin it up, I ran my Q9550 at 4.0ghz. and got amazing frames in Crysis and BFBC2
with a single GTX 285

All under water by the way

(edit)
For those that say upgrade to 2500k, I say I have not played any game that will max my sig. rig out, Crysis pushes it but that's mostly due to win7 compatibility issues
Edited by slickwilly - 5/12/11 at 3:45pm
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post #10 of 14
I'm sure that with a 2500K+P67 SLI mobo + RAM...you'd get more out of your GTX260's

but yes, an overclocked C2Q could be helping a little in BC2...
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