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Hello Overclock,
I am new to this kind of thing but it looked as if this is the best place to be smile.gif. I just dug my old rig out of the closet because i saw a new Tribes game is out. I am looking to play the game competitive but wondering if my parts are to out of date to be used or overclocked so that i can play the game. I will post specs of the rig maybe you guys can give me some opinions and recommendations. I posted on reddit but it seems as if the people were not answering my question i was asking, instead they were just stating that my parts were too out of date to work with. Which i hope is not the case. Heres my system.

OS: Windows 7 Untimate 64 Bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 1066 PI Black
Graphics Card: Sapphire 4870 1 GB Crossfire
Monitor: 22" Vizio 1680x1050
Hard Drives: WD 550GB HDD
PSU: CORSAIR 850w
Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S Full Tower
Cooling: 8 Fans Asus Cooling on the Processor
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Deathadder 3.5
post #2 of 15
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ok i am using CCC and i ran autotune for the CPU and it gave me an overclock to 3.5Ghz. I tried it on the GPU's but for some reason the auto tune gave me settings that appeared to be unstable. Stock settings got them at 750/900. I have been bumping them up slowly in CCC and so far i am at 775/950. Don't know if this information is relevant but just trying to post as much stuff as i can.
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Originally Posted by akitomc View Post

Hello Overclock,
I am new to this kind of thing but it looked as if this is the best place to be smile.gif. I just dug my old rig out of the closet because i saw a new Tribes game is out. I am looking to play the game competitive but wondering if my parts are to out of date to be used or overclocked so that i can play the game. I will post specs of the rig maybe you guys can give me some opinions and recommendations. I posted on reddit but it seems as if the people were not answering my question i was asking, instead they were just stating that my parts were too out of date to work with. Which i hope is not the case. Heres my system.

OS: Windows 7 Untimate 64 Bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 1066 PI Black
Graphics Card: Sapphire 4870 1 GB Crossfire
Monitor: 22" Vizio 1680x1050
Hard Drives: WD 550GB HDD
PSU: CORSAIR 850w
Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S Full Tower
Cooling: 8 Fans Asus Cooling on the Processor
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Deathadder 3.5

Sould be fine for tribes.
Though, the 4870 is ANCIENT.
If you need to do one thing, its pick up a 7850 or something similar.
The rest of that system is fairly passable, though the 940 could probably use some overclocking.
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ok thanks for the tip. I was thinking about selling the crossfire units because it seem to be "not worth it". I think i got the CPU overclocked to 3.5 but not sure if i can go higher. I am not sure if i am hindered with this rig bc of the motherboard, which might not support the new stuff out.
post #5 of 15
if you can overclock that 940 to 3.6ghz you'll be golden.
tribes ascend is a somewhat cpu demanding game, try not to run any background applications that eat up cpu cycles.

welcome to ocn and good luck in tribes thumb.gif
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Thanks lomax ill work on getting it up to 3.6 . What makes the 3.6 much more than 3.5?
post #7 of 15
a 3.5 is fine too. rolleyes.gif
i would recommend using the bios to overclock as it's a good learning experience and better for a stable overclock.
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should i just replicate what i have in my CCC to the bios? very interested in doing so.
post #9 of 15
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Also when purchasing a new GPU should i get 1GB? 2GB? Im mostly going to run on one screen possibly a second . There is just so many options out there! what about the bit i see 128,256,3**, etc.
Edited by akitomc - 1/20/13 at 1:53pm
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if you're looking at a new gpu you should really be upgrading your am2+ system first.
i wouldn't spend a lot of money on a new graphics card without upgrading your cpu/motherboard/ram.
your motherboard is really nice, although still outdated. if you want some extra performance consider a 1055t or 1090t if you can find one.

the higher the resolution you're playing at the more vram you need. 1gb is fine for 720p, once you get into the 1080p+ resolutions, or dual monitors, having the extra vram helps.
i'm no expert in gpus but there are plenty of resources and threads that already tackle these issues here on overclock.net

as per your overclock,
note the default voltage of your cpu, get hwmonitor and cpu-z
go to your bios and leave everything at stock except your cpu multiplier,
200mhz fsb * 18 cpu multiplier = 3.6ghz
try for that. if you get errors during stress testing, push up the cpu voltage one interval
repeat until you find a stable setting.

there are plenty of deneb overclocking guides here as well.
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