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CPU and MOBO recommendation please (I RESEARCHED!)

I want to play planetside 2 on medium graphics at 30+ FPS during big battles. I DON'T require anything fancy or super expensive, much less do I care about "ultra graphics".

Right now, Im SUPER bottle necked with my mother board and CPU.

What I have now->

16GB crucial ram
HD Radeon 7770 1gb
15krpm 500gb raptor drive
2TB 7500 rpm mass storage
750W PSU

and... unknown motherboard, and Intel E5800 dual core chip.

(IF THERE IS A STRAIGHT CPU REPLACEMENT THAT WILL SUIT MY NEEDS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!!!!!!)


Right now, on low settings, I can get 60fps running around, which is great, but in big battles, I drop to around 10 fps with a big fat [CPU] flashing at the bottom haha.


I will build a new computer later next year, however right now, I have several months to live on this computer. I basically upgraded this computer, piece by piece, but now im maxed out.

My requests ->

- Compatibility with all my hardware (i.e. I need 4 slots of memory, don't want to get a new PSU, etc)
- can run "high end games" on medium+ settings at decent frame rates (40+ at all times would be preferred).
-under 200$. I can stretch that a LITTLE BIT, if theres something out there that gives massive gains over something else relevant Im looking at.

I am doing lots of research, but everyone wants to play these ridiculous games on ultra settings and get 60+ fps all the time. I just don't care about that.

The FX6350 is kind of what I have my eye on. That or the FX8320.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1515359

this runs in at 224, but if there's a cheaper solution (i.e. 50$ savings) that will do what I require, I would love to hear about it. I just keep hearing about benchmarks and max settings on ultra graphics on all these things, which is beyond what I care about.

Thanks!
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    Hello friend.

    Under $200 is a bit of a tight squeeze, but we'll try to figure something out. In the meanwhile, have a look at this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4FkhQkZP_o

    This guy is running an FX 6350 and an HD 7770 which would what you would be running. I don't know anything really about Planetside 2 so if that is how smooth you want battles to be, and that is what you mean by big fights then that would be pretty good I guess. However, assuming that the user used FRAPS, he would get more FPS than shown in the video.

    Also, that resolution was at 1280 x 1024, and FPS may be the same or lower if you play at a higher resolution.

    In that case there are a few <$200 combo deals for the FX 6350 and AM3+ motherboards that you might want to look at - the prices range from around $175 - $200.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1515355

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1515358

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1515354

    I suggest you look through the motherboards associated with each combo to see if they provide the features that you wish. Note that only the MSI board has 2 PCI-E lanes with one being x16, the other x8. The other two motherboards only have x16/x4, which isn't so much a problem with an HD 7770 if you plan to CrossFire, but it is something to note nonetheless.

    Otherwise, I guess the combo you have in your post is sufficient if you think you might want a bit more performance than shown in the video.
  2. Man, how'd I miss that video? haha Thanks! Planetside 2 can literally have 100 on 100 battles (basically rendering 200 moving sprites at the same time) so it gets a bit intensive on the CPU side of things.


    I SWEAR I looked for bundles on newegg for the 6350, but I didn't find them! Thank you so much for posting those. I'm quite confident a 6350 is plenty. Basically I just want the cheapest option for right now, as I will be doing a full up build during tax return season. I believe I will go with the 189$ combo you posted, that seems to fit the bill perfectly!

    Thanks!
  3. You are most welcome.
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