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Hi all,

I need some help here. I am a gamer and the only game i run is iRacing, it is a web based game and it has ran fine up until recently. I thought loading windows 7 would help but not really. I get just a tad bit of screen stuttering here and there, not much, but enought to bug the hell out of me. It all started with a power supply failure and a bad stick of ram due to the power supply failure, so I am told. Also, recently went froma 16" WS monitor with a 1400x900 resolution to a 19" WS monitor with 1680x1050 resolution. Could this be why i started having these issues? Or could the game being updated be out-growing my computer?

Here is what I have. Im thinking the best and cheapest thing to do would be to upgrade the CPU, but not sure.

O/S: Windows 7 Home Premium

PCU: [URL]=http://ark.intel.com/products/27517/Intel-Pentium-D-Processor-925-(4M-Cache-3_00-GHz-800-MHz-FSB)][/URL]

GPU: Nvidia 9800gt

MB: [URL]=http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2475#ov][/URL]

MEM: 4GB 667 DDR2


If anyone know what to do or if anyone has a better processor laying around you would be willing to part with, let me know.

Thanks.
Edited by 4mc4ever - 5/14/12 at 12:49pm
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Wait, when you say web-based game, do you mean online game that runs in an internet browser, or a game that has online multiplayer?
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well, not exactly sure how to explain, Its done through a website, it is installed on my computer and it is multiplayer online. But to run the game i have to launch it from the website. www.iracing.com
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well, not exactly sure how to explain, Its done through a website, it is installed on my computer and it is multiplayer online. But to run the game i have to launch it from the website. www.iracing.com

Hmm, sounds like Battlefield 3..

Okay, then it is a PC game..


Give me a budget, and I'll put together something nice!
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budget? im not looking to build, im just looking to upgrad the CPU at most. Thought maybe going with a core 2 duo CPU instead of what i have but don't know what to get.
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Yeah, I know. What is your budget for the CPU?

CPU prices range from $36 to $1029..

I need a budget, lol..
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found this locally for $20.

[URL]=http://ark.intel.com/products/41493/Intel-Pentium-Processor-E6300-(2M-Cache-2_80-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB[/URL]

i think im gonna try it. I just need a little more in this machine and ill be fine.
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found this locally for $20.
[URL]=http://ark.intel.com/products/41493/Intel-Pentium-Processor-E6300-(2M-Cache-2_80-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB[/URL]
i think im gonna try it. I just need a little more in this machine and ill be fine.

That's a great deal--way better than your current P-D.

EDIT--Make sure your motherboard can support the CPU, and that if necessary, you have flashed the appropriate BIOS for that chip support before you remove your PD.
    
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well, went and installed it to see if it worked, raised my cpu rating in win7 from 4.8 to 4.9, and it turned out to be only a 1.8ghz cpu. So, it performed actually worse in testing, so i skipped on the purchase.

Might have to save up for a new rig all together I guess, but hoping that i come across a cheap and better CPU than i have i can snag.

Still taking suggestions, Hate to buy something like a used cpu off ebay, im not smart enough to know exactly what to get. lol This is why I come here. smile.gif
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well, went and installed it to see if it worked, raised my cpu rating in win7 from 4.8 to 4.9, and it turned out to be only a 1.8ghz cpu. So, it performed actually worse in testing, so i skipped on the purchase.
Might have to save up for a new rig all together I guess, but hoping that i come across a cheap and better CPU than i have i can snag.
Still taking suggestions, Hate to buy something like a used cpu off ebay, im not smart enough to know exactly what to get. lol This is why I come here. smile.gif

 

Better to get a new rig. A dual-core AMD A4-3400 will set you back only $60 or less and an FM1 motherboard for about the same price. Add another $60 to $70 for a GPU that you can crossfire with the APU.

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