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well im building a rig for my wife to play simcity5.
specs will be
mobo ga-g33m-s2
cpu e2200@2.7
gpu currently 8800gt 512mb will be gtx 460 2Gb
ram 4gb ddr2 800mhz
dont have screen but will be 1920x1080
she currently plays it on my sig but that means im missin out :-/
once i upgrade to a 7950 she will get the gtx 460. just wondering will the cpu i have be enough? it only has 1mb cache i believe. ive tested it out with the 8800gtbut only at res of 1024x768. it plays pretty descent with everything up except shadows are set to low. but will the cpu bottlekneck the 460 so it wont be able to handle 1080p?
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How many threads does simcity5 use?

is 2.7ghz the max you can get out that chip without the need to invest?
    
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not sure how many threads it uses the e2200 is a dual core. also dont wanna go much higher with oc as the cooler is just an old acer oem one i had lying around (only 775 socket cooler i have), way better than stock tho on p95 torture test it gets to bout 70C and is very loud as fan cooler fan spins at 3300 RPM! lol doesnt get anywhere that sort of load with simcity tho...


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this is the cooler 92 mm fan is whats on it might be ok at 3Ghz running simcity ill have to try i guess smile.gif just such a noisy cooler
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looking at the system specs for SC5 that e2200 is right a the minimum. the e2200 is a fine processor for browsing the internet, checking email and typing in word but, lacking for gaming that requires some processing resources; i am sorry i forgot where but i read a review on SC5 and it does like cpu processing. so unless you don't mind taking a chance of sleeping on the couch, i think you will want to consider a core2quad. and the gtx460 will choke the e2200 to death also, so it really would be a better idea to think about a C2Q.

may i ask what would be the problem with your wife using the HTPC in your sig?

edit: keep in mind she has been using your i5, make the difference too much and you may find yourself getting a divorce .
Edited by looniam - 3/31/13 at 2:16am
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post #5 of 28
I'm playing it on a E8200 (3.2Ghz) with a GTX 470 on a lan pc and its struggling to get 30 fps.Needs a faster cpu to feed that 460.
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post #6 of 28
She is definitely going to notice that it's lacking. Especially if like Looniam said she is used to your i5 setup. I'd say invest the 30 bucks on an aftermarket cooler to bump up that oc, or suffer the wrath of a wife who can't get her simcity fix.
post #7 of 28
huge bottleneck, better get HD 7750
post #8 of 28
If you wanted to do a cheap upgrade, you can score a Q6600 or E8600 for about $40-60 bucks on ebay (these were the best bang for your buck CPU's back then). That way, you don't need to upgrade anything else (e.g. mobo & ram)

I think this is the best route to go if your low on $$$

Those CPU's should allow for smooth gameplay.
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hey thanks for the advice guys, well to answer the htpc is setup as an htpc so installing new windows etc and other programs would be alot of work...
anyways ive decided to look for a C2Q cpu had a q6600 before and it was great G0 stepping so oc'd sweet.
is a q8200 better tho? as ive seen them for similar price, tey are lightly newer right?
im willing to spend $70-$80 AUD what would be the best quad i could get?
Q9xxx out of reach?
Edited by Jimbags - 4/1/13 at 7:07am
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Q6600=Q8400=Q9300 in stock performance, but Q6600 oced performs better than Q8400 oced bcuz cache L2 size is bigger
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