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post #1 of 22
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Hello Everyone

I'm experiencing severe framerate drops in the highest settings in games like DiRT 2 and Bad Company 2, my GPU is a Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X but my CPU is a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ - 2.21gz.

According to the Internet I should run these games in the highest settings very smoothly without framerate stuttering, so is the CPU the cause of the problem?

If so, could you recommend one that will ensure my card is used to its full potential. I'm new so I'm no expert.
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
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360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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post #2 of 22
yup that sounds like a cpu bottle neck to me....what are your other system specs
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post #3 of 22
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4GB RAM and I run 64 bit Windows 7
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
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360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
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360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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post #4 of 22
First welcome to OCN. 2nd. Yes your cpu is a huge bottleneck. Could you fill in your system specs in UserCP then we have a better idea what your working with.
post #5 of 22
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Ok I've done it but not all the fields. At least the main stuff.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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post #6 of 22
you could pick up a 6000+ for next to nothing and that would help at 3.1ghz
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250GB SG barracuda Lite ON DVD/RW+ Win 7 enterprise (32-bit) Acer 22" X223w 
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250GB SG barracuda Lite ON DVD/RW+ Win 7 enterprise (32-bit) Acer 22" X223w 
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post #7 of 22
You only have 1GB of ram on WIN 7? That is another major problem. What kind of budget do you have for upgrades?
post #8 of 22
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No wait I must have filled that wrong. I have 4GB of RAM on Windows and 1GB on Gpu.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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post #9 of 22
OK. Well what kind of money can you spend to upgrade?
post #10 of 22
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I'm hoping for Maximum 100+ for a CPU Upgrade
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
  hide details  
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My COmPUTER
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 + 2.21gz DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Sapphire HD Radeon 5770 Vapor-X 4GB 
Hard DriveOSPower
360GB 64 Bit Windows 7 Ultimate 500W 
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