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Hey guys I am asking this question for a friend. His pc includes the following hardware:
Intel e6750 @ 3.6Ghz stable
2 gigs crucial ballistix DDR2
Evga GTX 275 @700MHz
Abit Intel P35 mobo

Now the problem is that he is experiencing significantly low performance in several games. I tried putting my 5870 in his machine and it made a significant improvement. He has the following two choices:

1) Upgrade to a quad core Q9505 and keep the 275
2) Upgrade to ATI 5850 and keep cpu

It seems like getting the new processor would help alot with BFBC2 but I think that the video card purchase may be better over all.
post #2 of 8
For BC2 a quad is basically obligatory if you want to max it, Keep the 275 and get a new quad core cpu. maybe a q6600 or the one you mentioned. a 5850 would be let down by the processor tbh, update the gpu down the line.
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he will need some memory upgrade too. anyway, id go with the video card.
    
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4GB of ram and used Q9550.
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yeah, maybe your right. 275 isnt bad at all
    
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He doesn't need a memory upgrade, I'm running everything i need and more on 2gbs of ram with no problems at all, neither does he need a video card upgrade.
The 275 is a gorgeous card that i know for a fact gets very good fps in bc2.
He needs a better cpu, a quad especially for bc2 but any newer gen cpu would do a lot better than that 65nm clunker.

My advice is to get a q9450 and save some money fora better cooler or mobo or something.
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Originally Posted by Prelude View Post
He doesn't need a memory upgrade, I'm running everything i need and more on 2gbs of ram with no problems at all, neither does he need a video card upgrade.
The jump from 2GB to 4GB is a nice one. I say upgrade your memory and find a used Q9550
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Originally Posted by JMCB View Post
The jump from 2GB to 4GB is a nice one. I say upgrade your memory and find a used Q9550
The jump? It doesn't give you much if any performance gains.
I dont mean to call you out or anything, but unless im running Photoshop, After affects, firefox w/multi tabs, fraps and gaming on bc2 I dont hardly ever use more than 1.85gb of ram.

But i agree, if anything it should be the processor and memory as opposed to gpu, that gpu is great. In fact i want one : [
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