Originally Posted by Rezist
get a quad core q6600 or q9550 most games today take advantage of quad cores, i went from an e8400 to my q6600 which i OC to 3.6 and i saw an increase of fps by about 40 now i can play pretty much everything at max settings at 1680x1050.
by the time it starts getting slow ivy or bulldozer will be out
No. Just no. Not even 10% of modern games take advantage of quad cores.
Also, I'm calling bollocks on you gaining "an increase of fps by about 40" in any game, not even GTA 4.
I went from a 3.2ghz Conroe to a stock i5 760 and gained ~20 FPS in GTA IV. Thats the biggest increase by a mile, and the only significant increase out of any game I played regularly at the time. It's the only game that will see increases like this. Next in line would be Bad Company 2, and you might get a ~10 FPS boost from having 2 more cores.
Originally Posted by guyladouche
From the fps's you mentioned, your games are entirely playable--so the card wasn't a waste. Sure, you might not be pulling 100fps in games, but that doesn't mean it's a waste. Also, you could probably find a decent s775 motherboard that can OC your CPU quite a bit for $60-100 if you saved a little money.
This. Find a P43 or better yet a P45 board. I paid something like 70 bucks for a P43 Gigabyte, running an E5200 @ 3.7ghz. Has no problems playing "quad core only" games like Bad company 2.
This is all you need (and maybe a PSU, but if that one can even put out 400 watts you're good to go by a mile). You'll thank guyladouche for mentioning it.
No way on earth would I put ~275 bucks into a Q9550. You guys are insane, and just love to spend other peoples' money.Edited by pursuinginsanity - 1/19/11 at 6:32am