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My e5200 is Holding Me Back. Options?

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Title pretty much says it all.
I recently got an amazing deal on a 4890 to replace my old 9600gt but it seems to be held back by my cpu.

I have mainly been playing Bad Company 2 (which I hear is a very cpu intensive game and uses at least 3 cores).

In BC2 I am only getting about %60 gpu using according to Afterburner Overlay but my fps is between 25 and 45 in heavy situations. This is at 1080p with detail and texture quality on high but shadows and particles on low with 1x AA and AS.

I've reduced my options down to a few choices:

- Try and OC higher (I've put a lot of time trying to get this thing to a higher fsb but it just doesn't want to budge much over 310-312 without taking voltage way higher than I am comfortable with)

- Buy a Q6600/Q9300/Q9550 (doesn't really seem logical to be buying a $100-150 cpu on such an old platform, especially with my mobo which I hear isn't known for its quad oc'ing capabilities).

- Completely overhaul cpu/mobo/ram for (would like to but I just don't have the money).

Any insight or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

PS: I am a poor college student. My budget it around $150ish. Please do not say I should get Sandy Bridge or something, I cannot afford it.
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Save your money. (Btw, your 680i doesn't support 45nm quads)

How well does the game run for you if you turn down some settings? (If you haven't already)
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Youre LGA775 so I believe something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115057

is what you should be looking at, although it depends on what your mobo supports.
Most only run 65NM-90NM.
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Save your money. (Btw, your 680i doesn't support 45nm quads)

How well does the game run for you if you turn down some settings? (If you haven't already)
Oh wow, I figured that if it supported 45nm duals it would support quads too.

Turning down the setting helps some but the min fps doesn't change much (which is where my problem lies mainly seeing as I get a decent fps when there isn't much action on the screen).
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