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Ok guys after playing some GTA IV with ENB Series I wanted to know why my frames went down in certain areas.

I loaded up Fraps and noticed I was getting 18 Frames, I lowered the settings from very high to medium and there was no frames change. I loaded up Afterburner to check my GPU Usage and it wasent high at all.
Yes my card is overclocked.

I checked my Processor in task manager and 2 of the cores was just about maxing out, I also have 6GB of memory.


Now I was wondering if waiting for the Ivy Bridge or getting a Sandy Bridge would increase the frames enough.

Normally when going on an empty road on GTA I can get over 60 Frames while others I can get 30 Frames.

The question is would it be worth switching from a AMD Phenom II X6 1090T at 3.8GHz to a Processor stated above.

I dont fancy spending heaps of money but I have just about £400 saved. So I was looking at a Intel i5 and overclocking with a good mobo not sure.
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im a major intel fan boy, i vote yes, get a 2500k, an asus p8z68-v or an asrock extreme 3 gen 3 z68 pick up a 212 evo for a cpu cooler and oc to 4.5 with no issues at all!
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not saying this is the culprit . . .

6GB? like 3 X 2Gb? you are running single channel i believe. fill all the slots. if you can oc the ram a little, then that might help, too.

you should be able to oc the cpu higher but not with the zalman.

here is the best guide imo . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/777378/official-gappos-little-deneb-thuban-overclocking-guide-with-too-many-smileys
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Vortaku View Post

im a major intel fan boy, i vote yes, get a 2500k, an asus p8z68-v or an asrock extreme 3 gen 3 z68 pick up a 212 evo for a cpu cooler and oc to 4.5 with no issues at all!

Hmmm, Tempting.

Although Im not gonna buy the 212 Cooler as the Zalman I have at the moment is create and my case if full of fans dragging in cool air.
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I've been an AMD guy for 20 years. My brother got a job at Intel about a year and a half ago and last Christmas he got me a Q9770. it smoked my 1090T and I have never looked back. I currently have a 2700K running at 5.2GHz and it is amazing. After the disappointing performance from bulldozer I don't know that I will be returning to AMD any time soon. Make the switch to Intel. you won't regret it.
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not saying this is the culprit . . .
6GB? like 3 X 2Gb? you are running single channel i believe. fill all the slots. if you can oc the ram a little, then that might help, too.
you should be able to oc the cpu higher but not with the zalman.
here is the best guide imo . . .
http://www.overclock.net/t/777378/official-gappos-little-deneb-thuban-overclocking-guide-with-too-many-smileys

Yep running 3 X 2GB, but its Dual Channel unganged.

The mobo is to blame for the overclocking, The board has terrible VDroop and the Zalman is providing good cooling at the moment.
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I've made the switch from a 1090T to a 2600K and I was happy with my purchase. It's too bad you're in England. Micro Center deals would save you a decent amount of money.

You've also got the consider that GTAIV is just a poorly coded game. I wouldn't make that decision just for that game. That, and you are running a single card setup. I mean, you will definitely see gains, but I'm not sure if they would be worth spending £400 for.
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I've been an AMD guy for 20 years. My brother got a job at Intel about a year and a half ago and last Christmas he got me a Q9770. it smoked my 1090T and I have never looked back. I currently have a 2700K running at 5.2GHz and it is amazing. After the disappointing performance from bulldozer I don't know that I will be returning to AMD any time soon. Make the switch to Intel. you won't regret it.

Your post gets me motivated smile.gif

My mobo is on its way out anyway, after changing the Battery of the CMOS the BIOS will not save if you power fails in the house and instead of using power hungry UPS im gonna have to get a new Mobo soon and I can but a bet on that the board will contain Intel Socket biggrin.gif

I know im running my 1090T at 3.8GHz at 1.52V frown.gif
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Yep running 3 X 2GB, but its Dual Channel unganged.
The mobo is to blame for the overclocking, The board has terrible VDroop and the Zalman is providing good cooling at the moment.

then the answer is yes. you can't oc any further.

in short you need a new mobo to do so. if changing mobo you might as well go intel.

the 2600K is a sure upgrade.
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I've made the switch from a 1090T to a 2600K and I was happy with my purchase. It's too bad you're in England. Micro Center deals would save you a decent amount of money.
You've also got the consider that GTAIV is just a poorly coded game. I wouldn't make that decision just for that game. That, and you are running a single card setup. I mean, you will definitely see gains, but I'm not sure if they would be worth spending £400 for.

I woudnt spend all the £400 but most would be going on upgrades.

Yes GTA is a poorly coded game along with Saints Row, but I mainly play games like BF3, FSX which is mega hungry for CPUs.

I have a long list of games I play and too long to post on here.
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