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My current specs are:

e5300 (overclocked to 3.5ghz)
EP45-UD3P mobo
2x 4870 1gb
4gb RAM
750 watt PSU
24" LCD

I am thinking about upgrading my CPU but I'm not sure its going to be worth it. I can't afford to upgrade to i7 yet so should I just save my money and pass on a new cpu for now?

I was looking at an e8400 or possibly a q9550. Do you think I will see any improvements in FPS? I pretty much only use this rig for gaming. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by idleivey View Post
My current specs are:

e5300 (overclocked to 3.5ghz)
EP45-UD3P mobo
2x 4870 1gb
4gb RAM
750 watt PSU
24" LCD

I am thinking about upgrading my CPU but I'm not sure its going to be worth it. I can't afford to upgrade to i7 yet so should I just save my money and pass on a new cpu for now?

I was looking at an e8400 or possibly a q9550. Do you think I will see any improvements in FPS? I pretty much only use this rig for gaming. Thanks.
If you're going to upgrade, get a quad. You will see improvements in certain games. GTA 4, BFBC2, etc. Edit: You may see improvements in all games, didn't see the Crossfire 4870s there.

Personally.. I say wait for Bulldozer then upgrade in a serious manner. New mobo, RAM, and CPU. The cost of 775 quads drove me away from the platform.
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A Q9550 would be a nice upgrade for you, but don't spend too much on it. It's only worth it if you can get a good deal on one. Otherwise save up for a new system or a powerful single videocard.
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What games are you struggling with framerate wise?
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A Q9550 would be a nice upgrade for you, but don't spend too much on it. It's only worth it if you can get a good deal on one. Otherwise save up for a new system or a powerful single videocard.
i agree with this. Or get a Q6600, as they can be found used for quite cheap. Even a Q6600 with a decent OC (3.4-3.6Ghz) with nice GPU's is a hell of a gaming rig. I'd still prefer a Q9550 if you can find a great deal, obviously.
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What games are you struggling with framerate wise?
Team Fortress 2 has been driving me absolutely nuts. I know its more CPU intensive then your typical game but I just recently added the extra card and 24" monitor but no luck. With the extra card on my old 19" I was seeing like 60ish but still dipping below 40 at times. With the new monitor its even worse now (makes sense, higher resolution).

edit: I'm looking at used prices for a q9550, looks like they are going for $150-$180 on the forums. That sound about right?
Edited by idleivey - 3/15/11 at 10:20am
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Originally Posted by idleivey View Post
Team Fortress 2 has been driving me absolutely nuts. I know its more CPU intensive then your typical game but I just recently added the extra card and 24" monitor but no luck. With the extra card on my old 19" I was seeing like 60ish but still dipping below 40 at times. With the new monitor its even worse now (makes sense, higher resolution).

edit: I'm looking at used prices for a q9550, looks like they are going for $150-$180 on the forums. That sound about right?
Yeah $150 would be ok, but $180 seems like a bit much.
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