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should i upgrade my CPU or GFX card first?

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as you can see my CPU is a crap pentium dual core, and i have a 4850. when i play crysis i have a bit of lagg on med settings and i would like to get everyone's opinion on which i should upgrade first. should i get a second 4850and crossfire it or should i get a Q6600 CPU. i dont want to waste too much money all at once so which one is more urgent to be upgraded. bear in mind that crysis is very stressing on GFX, more so than on the CPU.
post #2 of 9
Have you OC the E2140 yet, it should be able to handle 4850 if you can OC it to 3.2G+.
post #3 of 9
OC the CPU, and get some more RAM. That will help bigtime.
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post #4 of 9
Hes only running 32 bit remmeber, and 2gb is fine imo.

I would, overclock the cpu to 3ghz+ and get another 4850. You will get more fps with another card than with a new cpu anyway
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If you're running a stock CPU cooler, upgrade to a Xigmatek HDT-S1283. If you're running an aftermarket CPU cooler, please add that to your system description. The P5Q is a great overclocking motherboard, so with an aftermarket CPU cooler, you should be able to hit 3ghz easy with a small voltage increase. After you've OCed, I'd suggest another 48850. 2GB more RAM would be a good addition, but not if it meant you couldn't afford another 4850. Here's 2gb of really good Corsair XMS2 memory for only $15 after rebate.
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by linskingdom View Post
Have you OC the E2140 yet, it should be able to handle 4850 if you can OC it to 3.2G+.
that's what i am wondering.

My system, pretty identical to yours, does very well in Crysis and Warhead especially at medium.
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post #7 of 9
I say go for the q6600 before production stops. More and more games will utilize quads and they are cheap enough now. With the 6600 and your 4850 you should be able to run crysis on high no problem.
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post #8 of 9
If I were you I'd probably upgrade to an E5200 or an E7300.
 
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post #9 of 9
Something tells me that you haven't OC'ed the CPU. This is what I've noticed. In CSS, it gains more from a CPU overclock than a GFX upgrade. Yes, another GFX card will improve it, but CSS depends a lot on your CPU for its determination of it's minimum FPS. If you can OC your CPU to at least 2.7-8 GHz, then you shall be fine. In fact, I play CSS on max settings, so you should be able to, as well. My vote goes for the CPU OC and 2nd hd 4850. Maybe even add a nice cooler in there to support your OC.
 
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