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April 5, 2014 5:53:14 PM

I'm thinking about upgrading my GPU and CPU and would like some opinions...

Currently, I'm running a PC I built back in 2007 that has a 1.8Ghz Core2Duo E4300 running at 3.0Ghz on an EVGA nForce 650i Ultra board, 3GB of DDR2-667 memory, and a Nvidia 8800GTX graphics card... This system has lasted me a long time and has served me very well up until the last year or two.

I'm working on a VERY tight budget of about $250 to $300 here. SO my options are pretty limited.

For the CPU, I'm gonna go with a Q6600 G0 stepping and overclock it as high as possible while stable (probably around 3.2 to 3.5Ghz). The reason for this CPU choice is because its about the highest I can go on an nForce 650i Ultra board since this board doesn't support 45nm chips, and because I can get this CPU for around $45 on Ebay.

For the GPU, I'm PROBABLY going to go with a GTX 760... Now, one problem with this is that my board only supports PCIE x16 1.0, so I already know I will not be able to fully utilize the 760 due to bandwidth limitations of the PCIE 1.0... After doing a ton of research, it would appear that the highest GPU I could fully utilize (in terms of PCIE bandwidth) would be in the GTX 650Ti Boost or GTX 660 range. However, those two cards run about the same price or higher than a GTX 760. So my theory is to just go ahead and get the 760 so that when I can afford to upgrade my CPU/Mobo/Ram in the future I'll also get a slight GPU boost at that time as well.

So my real question here is, will I see some noticeable gaming improvements with this $250 - $300 upgrade over what I'm using now? And even thought I won't be able to fully utilize the GTX 760, is it the right choice for me, or should I just get a 650Ti Boost or 660 even though they cost the same?

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April 5, 2014 5:58:05 PM

Defenetly worth to upgrade to the quad core CPU if you already have a board that supports it, i had a Q6600 overclocked at 3.6ghz under a hyper 212 cpu cooler and it was quite good...not as good as modern CPU but good enough for most games, it was paired with a HD7950 (wich was overkill for that CPU BTW) and i was able to play BF4 on high settings at 60fps steady...pretty good.
So yeah i would get that CPU and for the GPU if you can't get your hands on a 660 for a good price and you would pay the same for a 760 as you say then yes defenetly go for the 760 the pcie1.0 slot will not retain that GPU in term of bandwidth that much, maybe a little but not much.
The CPU will be the bottleneck in badly optimised games that uses only 1 or 2 cores (skyrim for example) but will allow for great performance in games thats uses 4 threads or more (battlefield 4 for example)..
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April 5, 2014 7:25:18 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
Defenetly worth to upgrade to the quad core CPU if you already have a board that supports it, i had a Q6600 overclocked at 3.6ghz under a hyper 212 cpu cooler and it was quite good...not as good as modern CPU but good enough for most games, it was paired with a HD7950 (wich was overkill for that CPU BTW) and i was able to play BF4 on high settings at 60fps steady...pretty good.
So yeah i would get that CPU and for the GPU if you can't get your hands on a 660 for a good price and you would pay the same for a 760 as you say then yes defenetly go for the 760 the pcie1.0 slot will not retain that GPU in term of bandwidth that much, maybe a little but not much.
The CPU will be the bottleneck in badly optimised games that uses only 1 or 2 cores (skyrim for example) but will allow for great performance in games thats uses 4 threads or more (battlefield 4 for example)..


Thanks for the reply! For the CPU cooler, I'll probably reuse my current cooler which is a ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
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April 5, 2014 8:49:58 PM

daniel brooker said:

Thanks for the reply! For the CPU cooler, I'll probably reuse my current cooler which is a ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2


No problem, yes from the look of it that looks like something that will be fine for high overclocks, make sure the CPU you get is a G0 stepping, they are MUCH better for overclocking, i ran mine at 3.6ghz for over a year and a hald and had no problem using about 1.45v on the core if i remember well...good cpu for overclocking but still even at 3.6ghz don,t expect it to be anywhere as fast as a core i5 or a piledriver AMD FX...but still as i said it will do some heavy gaming surprisingly well in games thats uses all his 4 cores...
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