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So my system is below and I have my q8400 clocked at 3.2 GHz. I just got Warhead off steam cause it was HELLA cheap and I began by running it on DX10. Regardless of what graphics settings I use, I rarely get above 30 FPS. The CPU hovers around 70-90% usage while playing while the GPU is at around 30-60% (again depending on what graphical settings I used). However when I changed to DX9, I was getting a little over 30FPS but the CPU usage lowered to 50-60%. What is bottlenecking me at this point? I have no clue what to do here. Thanks!
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The CPU, bump up to 4GHz and then see.
    
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The CPU, bump up to 4GHz and then see.
I'm pretty sure that even with a different motherboard (Gigabyte UD3P) I could only get to like 3.5 on a q8400. Any ideas on how I could get 4 GHz?
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I'm pretty sure that even with a different motherboard (Gigabyte UD3P) I could only get to like 3.5 on a q8400. Any ideas on how I could get 4 GHz?
Bump the Vcore, FSB, ETC. 4GHz I think is possible on those chips. But that chip is bottlenecking, if it still does after Max OC, then go with a 45nm C2Q which are cheap on the FS sub-forum. Hell, a 920+mobo+RAM would only run like 300.
    
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Bump the Vcore, FSB, ETC. 4GHz I think is possible on those chips. But that chip is bottlenecking, if it still does after Max OC, then go with a 45nm C2Q which are cheap on the FS sub-forum. Hell, a 920+mobo+RAM would only run like 300.
It's my motherboard that prevents me from getting a very high OC on it. But the Q8400 is 45nm, is it not?

What bothers me is the fact that the cpu usage stops at 60%, that has to be something else bottlenecking my system.
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It's my motherboard that prevents me from getting a very high OC on it. But the Q8400 is 45nm, is it not?

What bothers me is the fact that the cpu usage stops at 60%, that has to be something else bottlenecking my system.
There shouldn't be. Get a different MoBo which can be had for like 100 or less for 775. Also, they made C2Q that are 45nm, IDK if yours is. The 45nm ones are sexy.
    
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There shouldn't be. Get a different MoBo which can be had for like 100 or less for 775. Also, they made C2Q that are 45nm, IDK if yours is. The 45nm ones are sexy.
Mine is definitely 45nm so that's good. And I've got an H50 on it so I should easily be able to volt it past intel's "recommended" max Vcore. Do you have any suggestions for motherboards that are cheaper than the UD3P and can get up to 600 FSB? Anyone else?
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Mine is definitely 45nm so that's good. And I've got an H50 on it so I should easily be able to volt it past intel's "recommended" max Vcore. Do you have any suggestions for motherboards that are cheaper than the UD3P and can get up to 600 FSB? Anyone else?
Go to the FS section, they got LOTS for cheap as hell.
    
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Crysis uses a single thread for rendering and for a lot of other stuff.

This core is usually maxed out while the rest are almost idling.

Check individual core usage with Coretemp
Check GPU usage too with afterburner.
You see which one is maxed out.

Try running the 32 bit version. It runs a lot smoother for me.
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Crysis uses a single thread for rendering and for a lot of other stuff.

This core is usually maxed out while the rest are almost idling.

Check individual core usage with Coretemp
Check GPU usage too with afterburner.
You see which one is maxed out.

Try running the 32 bit version. It runs a lot smoother for me.
All four of my cores are pretty high up, so my CPU is a clear bottleneck.

How would I go about running the steam version in 32 bit mode? What does 64 bit mode do?
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