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Hi guys, I've just registered to the forums after more than 3 months of surfing them!

I was reading a lot of articles about how people play Crysis on Very High on the GTX 295 with the FPS being above 30, but I couldn't achieve that even with High settings...
So I figured that something is slowing my PC down, but what?

Here are my Specs:
GPU: ASUS EN-GTX 295
CPU: Intel Pentium E2180 @3233MHz (9 x 359)
Motherboard: DFI Infinity BloodIron P35-T2RL
Memory: 4GB RAM (Why would I need more than that?)
Hard Drive: 500GB (Don't know the manufacturer or model)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

If you want me to list another component, just tell me to

Additional info:
-Multi-GPU mode is enabled in nvidia control panel
-GPU drivers up-to-date
-Can play BFBC2 maxed out with AA 8x and HBAO on (FPS 40+)

Hope for a quick reply...
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Sounds like you're running the game with vsync on!
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The processor is the bottleneck, and its not whether you need more than 4gb of RAM, its the speed of it 1066MHz and higher will do it.

Try overclocking the E2180 more if you can, if not then its in need of an upgrade to a quad core.
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Its actually your processor clock. Even at 3.2Ghz there is bottleneck. Around 3.5Ghz and above the bottleneck slowly goes away. Your motherboard is limiting you since its a P35 board and RAM not sure since it depends on your frequency if its a 800Mhz then you can have a FSB of 400 and if you want to go past that you'll need to even overclock the RAM's so that you can increase your FSB to but that is the tricky part.

I'm sorry to say you can't play BC2 on Max settings. Its CPU intensive and needs a quad core processor.

Are you planing on upgrading anytime soon? If you will then its nice to upgrade and then just leave out your GPU to save money.
Edited by armen16 - 3/7/11 at 11:07am
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cpu and then hard drives. then its the mobo.
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Its actually your processor clock. Even at 3.2Ghz there is bottleneck. Around 3.5Ghz and above the bottleneck slowly goes away. Your motherboard is limiting you since its a P35 board and RAM not sure since it depends on your frequency if its a 800Mhz then you can have a FSB of 400 and if you want to go past that you'll need to even overclock the RAM's so that you can increase your FSB to but that is the tricky part.

I'm sorry to say you can't play BC2. Its CPU intensive and needs a quad core processor.

Are you planing on upgrading anytime soon? If you will then its nice to upgrade and then just leave out your GPU to save money.

Although i agree with most of what you say, but the bit in bold i i disagree. BC2 runs fine on mine with 60 - 70fps
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1: Get a new PSU. TX650 V2 for cheap and reliable
2: Get a new chip. A quad or a dual core clocked really high. YOUR RUNNING A PENTIUM! No wonder your getting a bottleneck.. Oi

Now get yourself a nice e8400 and overclock it to 4.0GHz or more, or get a Q6600 like me and hit 3.6GHz.

Also replace that PSU NOW. You shouldn't be running a GTX295 on a 400W PSU unless you want a death wise.
 
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1: Get a new PSU. TX650 V2 for cheap and reliable
2: Get a new chip. A quad or a dual core clocked really high. YOUR RUNNING A PENTIUM! No wonder your getting a bottleneck.. Oi

Now get yourself a nice e8400 and overclock it to 4.0GHz or more, or get a Q6600 like me and hit 3.6GHz.
Your telling him hes having a bottleneck because hes using a pentium , the E8400 is just a pentium on steroids. only difference is extra cache

But yeah as iv said before, Try and get a higher overclock if you can, and if not upgrade to a cheap quad. Q6600 go quite cheap on ebay, or a Q9650 if you have the cash.
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Although i agree with most of what you say, but the bit in bold i i disagree. BC2 runs fine on mine with 60 - 70fps
Oops sorry. I actually edited right after I posted. I meant on higher settings.
I didn't mean to say it in a rude way.

This is the best Idea I have in mind.

1. New 650w power supply.
2. Used P45 motherboard that supports DDR3 1333 and above so that in the future you can use it.
3. Used Q9550 or anything above.
Edited by armen16 - 3/7/11 at 11:17am
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Oops sorry. I actually edited right after I posted. I meant on higher settings.

I didn't mean to say it in a rude way.
ah, well i can play it maxed out AA, just turned HBAO off as i don't see the difference. and it helps allot with frame rates. My dualie will last me a while before i "need" to upgrade....*cough*BF3*cough*
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