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November 14, 2013 12:30:37 AM

Hi there,

I currently have an intel duo core e8200 @ 2.66hz, i'm looking to upgrade it. I'm not a PC gamer so i don't really want a high end rig, just want something that will play emulators (ps2/GBC).

My PC is an optiplex 755, i had it for years and i never really used it up until now. I wanted to play civilization V so the only thing i actually did was get 2 x 2gb ram and a geforce GT 640 (2gb ram) I've been hearing that the geforce GT 640 is bad but i didn't know about the whole gpu up until now, i just figured it would be good enough for casual gaming.

Rig:
PC: Optiplex 755
Ram: 6GB
GPU Geforce GT 640
CPU: Intel Duo Core E8200 @ 2.66HZ
Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit)

I hear the i5 is the best for gaming, so i'd like to get one of those, i was looking at Intel i5 4670K is that any good? Keep in mind i didn't upgrade the motherboard or anything else so i don't want to upgrade the cpu and having my damn pc explodin on me, if i have to upgrade that as well please do tell.

Money isn't really a problem but since i don't really play on the PC much i don't want to spend a lot on it, so anything cheap that will do me well is good, but there's something a bit better that costs a bit more i won't mind paying if it will last me a few years.

So what do you guys recommend?

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November 14, 2013 12:32:46 AM

I have the i5 3570k and it is extremely good, a Little overkill for a PS2 emulator but its cost effective and will do the truck.

But it always depends on what CPUs the motherboard can handle, what motherboard do you have?
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November 14, 2013 4:27:22 PM

Nitro192 said:
I have the i5 3570k and it is extremely good, a Little overkill for a PS2 emulator but its cost effective and will do the truck.

But it always depends on what CPUs the motherboard can handle, what motherboard do you have?


I honestly don't know, whatever it has in stock i guess because only thing i ever did was buy the graphics card and changed the ram. If it has the name of it i'll just pop the case open and check, i might need to get a new case since i ripped the bottom part a bit because the gpu was too big to fit.
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November 14, 2013 7:35:19 PM

Well for instance, The processor that you're using now (Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor E4500) has an LGA775 Socket. So the motherboard you have right now is an LGA775 Board.

Unfortunately the fastest processor that socket can support is a Core 2 Quad, If you want an i5 or i7 you'd have to upgrade your entire motherboard as well.
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November 14, 2013 7:41:44 PM

GBC emulator is easy. that doesnt require much power and should run fine.

ps2 emultator is tricky. even on my i7-920 system it lags a bit.

i'm not sure how true this is but i've heard that emulators like ps2cx run better on stronger cores more so than multi core cpus. therefore upgrading to the quad core cpu (c2q nitro listed) isnt going to do you much good.

there is no "cheap" option for you which will be of much benefit sorry to say.

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November 15, 2013 12:51:21 PM

Nitro192 said:
Well for instance, The processor that you're using now (Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor E4500) has an LGA775 Socket. So the motherboard you have right now is an LGA775 Board.

Unfortunately the fastest processor that socket can support is a Core 2 Quad, If you want an i5 or i7 you'd have to upgrade your entire motherboard as well.


Any recommendations?
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November 15, 2013 12:52:11 PM

ssddx said:
GBC emulator is easy. that doesnt require much power and should run fine.

ps2 emultator is tricky. even on my i7-920 system it lags a bit.

i'm not sure how true this is but i've heard that emulators like ps2cx run better on stronger cores more so than multi core cpus. therefore upgrading to the quad core cpu (c2q nitro listed) isnt going to do you much good.

there is no "cheap" option for you which will be of much benefit sorry to say.



money isn't really an issue if it's going to last me years, i don't mind upgrading if i won't be having problems with graphics in the near future.
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November 15, 2013 1:04:53 PM

honestly i wouldnt throw any money into that old system.

i would start saving up for a new build. this time do it yourself instead of going pre-built.

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November 15, 2013 5:20:43 PM

ssddx said:
honestly i wouldnt throw any money into that old system.

i would start saving up for a new build. this time do it yourself instead of going pre-built.



Yeah i was thinking of that, i'm just going to wait until Q2 2014 when everything is stable and build a new pc or just buy a hi end one, in the mean time i'll just stick with my ps4 lol.

thank you all for your answers! appreciate it.
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November 15, 2013 5:46:12 PM

no problem. dont forget to mark someone as best answer.

good luck.
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