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You're right, I was using 100% as the baseline, and 10% as the improvement required.
    
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You're right, I was using 100% as the baseline, and 10% as the improvement required.
Yeah, that's certainly more plausible then
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Play metro 2033 if you really want to stress a OC, I have had OC's pass 30+ passes in prime, turn on metro 20 minutes in I would get a BSOD. In WoW i can literally run my unstable 4.3ghz benching setup and never crash.
Actually, I've noticed that newer games run much smoother and are more forgiving with overclocks that are slightly unstable. It's likely due to all the various memory leaks and other oddities that come from using an engine as old as Wow. I'm not saying Metro 2033 is easy on the computer, but that it is more forgiving as the engine is easily more solid. Framerates on average are a totally different story though.

I'm definitely stepping out of the argument whether the game is the bottleneck, or the technology used. I had always thought a tell-tale sign of bottlenecking was when cpu usage is pegged at 100%, and gpu performance is lower than 100%. I saw this a lot when using a single core on games such as Wow, and noticed a HUGE difference when upgrading to a newer cpu a couple years ago. I am willing to bet that faster and more efficient processors will provide for higher framerates however. (Just changing overclocks has proven this to be true - as little as the improvements are, they are there.)
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Whats a good 775 cpu for WoW. My buddy wants to upgrade his now that I have shown him this thread.

I guess the best bang for your buck C2D.
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Whats a good 775 cpu for WoW. My buddy wants to upgrade his now that I have shown him this thread.

I guess the best bang for your buck C2D.
I'd grab an e8400 used for $100. When paired with a decent motherboard, you can easily hit 3.6 GHz on almost all OCing motherboards, 4.0 GHz on most.

Something to warn though: Not all S775 motherboards are compatible. A lot of the older ones (based on the Intel 9xx chipset and before) are for 65nm CPUs only, and will not work with a 45nm e8400.

I'd create a new thread on the Intel section, listing what motherboard your friend has and his budget.
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I'd grab an e8400 used for $100. When paired with a decent motherboard, you can easily hit 3.6 GHz on almost all OCing motherboards, 4.0 GHz on most.

Something to warn though: Not all S775 motherboards are compatible. A lot of the older ones (based on the Intel 9xx chipset and before) are for 65nm CPUs only, and will not work with a 45nm e8400.

I'd create a new thread on the Intel section, listing what motherboard your friend has and his budget.
I wouldn't.

I'd get a Q6600 for $100 which will easily do 3.0-3.4GHz depending on motherboard. Especially if you're playing a game like BC2, more cores matter.
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I wouldn't.

I'd get a Q6600 for $100 which will easily do 3.0-3.4GHz depending on motherboard. Especially if you're playing a game like BC2, more cores matter.
He only plays Wow, and his brother plays Wow, and League of Legends.
Tis it.
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He only plays Wow, and his brother plays Wow, and League of Legends.
Tis it.
Same price, two more cores. Up to him ultimately, but why not?
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I would agree, for the same price - why not?

But I don't know anything about 775 so I'll assume I don't know "why not"
    
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WoW isn't even optimized for TWO cores yet.

One of the nice things about running WoW in Linux is I can get a bit more visibility into what it's really doing. That's how I know it has 34 threads, for instance, and that 33 of them use almost no CPU compared to the main thread.

(CPU time is in minutes:seconds)

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