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My system:
CPU E8200 (currently OC'd to 3.2Ghz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512mb
PSU: 550 watts
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G
RAM: 2x2gb 800mhz Patriot DDR2
Case: Antec three-hundred
Stock cooling on everything and 3 case fans.

I am currently not satisfied with the FPS I am getting on most games. L4d2 and BF: BC2 namely. When I first built the computer it ran L4D2 no problem, but now it struggles. Not sure why.

SO I am looking to upgrade a part. I don't have much money so that is a very big factor. Is it worth staying with Socket 775? Should I upgrade the CPU, GPU, or RAM?

Thank you for your time!
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post #2 of 14
Grab yourself a new gpu first when you are bound to a small budget. The cpu is powerfull enough to fuel a GTX 460 and your psu should be able to handle the extra load of the new gpu assuming it's a quality psu of course.
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post #3 of 14
You could upgrade the GPU, and use it in a better system when you have more money to upgrade. At this point, you should just wait to upgrade to another socket. There are very few LGA 775 motherboards left around that can be considered an upgrade over your current board, and even fewer that can overclock a quad core LGA 775 CPU very well. You could also try reinstalling your OS to see if that helps speed things up. A new graphics card will help your PC in games for sure though.
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post #4 of 14
You probably need to reformat start over with the newest drivers. Best hardware upgrade you can do is to get another GPU. GTX460.
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Alright thanks! My one friend was telling me my GPU was fine and I should get a Q8400 or something, but that didn't sound right to me.
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post #6 of 14
Just upgrae your GPU to GTX 460 1GB or Asus HD6850 DCU (which can easily hit 1GHz on core and perform like HD6870)..

Your CPU is fine but it would be ideal if you OC it even more (3.6GHz)..

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post #7 of 14
Definitely upgrade your 8800GTS to a GTX460 [like im doing ] and see if you can get that E8200 higher.. Upgrading to a Quad wont help much in BC2 unless you run a CF/SLI Setup which you wouldn't be using a Dual anyways..

BC2 runs really well on a High clocked Dual, same with L4D2...
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post #8 of 14
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Okay I got a gtx 460 1gb 'voltage tweaked' edition and my frames did improve, but I am still getting choppy play with medium settings in bc2 multiplayer.

Upgrading my cpu is the next step I suppose so here are my choices:

1: Get better RAM so I can OC my e8200 to 3.4-3.8 or whatever (currently 3.2 with 800mhz ram)

2: Get a Q8400 or Q9400 or higher (new or used) and possibly better RAM as well.

3: Wait for socket 1155 to come out and upgrade RAM, CPU, and MOBO

4: If the release of 1155 drops the price of 1156 enough, get that set up instead.


I have no idea what route is best.
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post #9 of 14
Don`t invest any more money into your rig..

Just OC it and save some cash for SandyBridge and upgrade when all the dust settles after initial release..

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post #10 of 14
I vote replacing your GPU.
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