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Well I overclocked just slightly, and noticed a slight improvement. But the improvement was there, nonetheless. So this turns into a question of advice now.

I'm not really in the financial state to purchase both of these at the same time, so would I be better off returning the card, and buying a new CPU? Or keeping the card and waiting until I get a new one? I just don't want this thing to be a total waste of money if I can't really use it to it's potential.
    
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I'd say... keep the Video Card and upgrade the CPU as soon as you can that's my
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post #13 of 46
update bios & upgrade your cpu ...have you tried the new nvidia drivers ?...do a clean uninstall of those old drivers ,then install the new one.
post #14 of 46
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overclock as high as possible on the CPU.
if you are going to upgrade, i recommend at least a quad core.
no.
atleast a tri core.
most games are console ports and the xbox has 3 cores.
3 cores is just what u need
get a athlon II X3 or a phenom II X3 or even a phII X2 and unlock it (like i did)
    
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It depends on what you want to play really. If it's mostly source games/console ports, you don't really need a current gen gpu. A faster cpu would bring more noticable performance gains.

Then again, Crysis 2 is around the corner and that definitely won't be cpu dependent!
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no.
atleast a tri core.
most games are console ports and the xbox has 3 cores.
3 cores is just what u need
get a athlon II X3 or a phenom II X3 or even a phII X2 and unlock it (like i did)
an Athlon2 X2 250 won't bottleneck that..plus get Chips with L3 cache..like Phenom's..

just my Honest opinion..
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post #17 of 46
Your board is AM2+, buy a new CPU for it, any PhenomII or AthlonII dual core will up your frame rates, even at stock. And keep the 460, it's a great card.
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post #18 of 46
Athlon 64 X2 5200 & GTX 460 lol.

You got a CPU bottleneck.
I suggest you upgrade that CPU to a tri-core & unlock to quad.
Or find a cheap one on the marketplace.
    
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post #19 of 46
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L4D2 is heavily cpu dependant, being a source engine game. I can't speak for Fallout since I've never played it. But in L4D, your CPU is definitely the limiting factor.

The nVidia 6 series cards could pull 60+ fps in source games.
Im getting about 198 frames in Counter Strike with everything maxed out. On a 8800 GTS (G80) its probably a CPU bottle neck. Just overclock it a bit and see if it helps. I overclocked my to about 3.3GHz and it made it better. If that dosent work you might have something wrong with drivers.
post #20 of 46
Keep the card. Can you afford any money at all just for a simple cpu upgrade? You don't need a quad or tri-core to remove a majority of the bottle-neck for gaming. Most games can't use more than 2 cores, and you can find some great deals on used dual cores here in the ocn marketplace--although many of them are pretty cheap brand new as well.
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