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post #31 of 59
I think the cheapest solution would be to find an used Q6600, your mobo is not great for OC but I think it's possible to run the q6600 at 3ghz (fsb333), and if it can handle the power.. just make sure your case is properly cooled and you don't have a bad PSU... I'm sure BC2 would see great gains with a q6600 at 3ghz vs e7xxx at 2.6ghz

the trouble of buying a 45nm C2Q is that your MB probably can't hold the PCIE clock locked at over 333 fsb, and since this is the stock FSB for them, the OC will be very limited, and something like a q9550 just costs to much normally.... apart from that maybe the best option is to make an upgrade to a sandy bridge, but maybe a PII X4 + cheap mb?
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post #32 of 59
I agree with the other posters to look for a cheap Q6600.

My Sig rig plays BC2 pretty much at a constant 60 FPS with v-sync on at 1920@1080 with my 470. My Q9550 is at 3.6 Ghz. 32CSAA and 16x AF.

If you can get a Q6600 to 3.2 Ghz with a 460 you will probably have similar frames with a 1600 resolution monitor .

I started with a E7200 (still have) and played games pretty well when I clocked it to 3.2 Ghz. Mainly HL2 and CoD games though, BC2 would kick its butt!
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im playing at 1920x1080, i dont need AA or AF.

maybe not a 6600 but something better
post #34 of 59
You could still have issues with that 460 and BC2 even if you get a quad core. nVidia still hasn't fixes the issues with that game for most people, and probably never will at this point. The 460 also has issues with certain 775 chipsets, though I'm not sure if yours is one of them.
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post #35 of 59
Well the issue your going to run into is if your Mobo can support a 45nm chip. The Q6600 is still a good quad, don't discredit it simply because it is old. It is much better than an E7300.

If your Mobo can support 45nm, maybe with a bios update, then try to find a Q9550 for sure.
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post #36 of 59
Guys, I will state again the the motherboard the OP has is not a good one for OCing!

And as it has been stated before - dropping a quad into a motherboard makes it more difficult to OC - more cores means more power needed!

the E7300 is fine for his gaming needs if he can get a decent OC out of it.
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post #37 of 59
if you OC your E7300 to 3.5Ghz or above, go into the config file for BC2 and set Render Ahead Limit to 0 that should help your frames some
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post #38 of 59
Wouldn't a Q9550 at stock still be faster than an E7300 at 3.0Ghz? I thought the larger cache made a pretty big difference even though the Q9 is at 2.8Ghz per core stock.
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post #39 of 59
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Originally Posted by clark_b View Post
if you OC your E7300 to 3.5Ghz or above, go into the config file for BC2 and set Render Ahead Limit to 0 that should help your frames some
the problem is, i cant OC my E7300.

im using OC profiles in BIOS and over 15% OC makes the computer completely crash, it doesnt load windows.
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can you not do it manually?
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