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August 3, 2009 8:44:59 AM

Hello, I recently brought a new Quad Core PC from dell. (DELL Studio Desktop) It has a Q8200 2.33ghz which is a low end CPU and a Mid Range Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4670. I might try to overclock it slightly to 2.4 or 2.5ghz, but I don't see why I should do that If it can run the games I'm buying at a decent frame rate. So now i want to know if it can run COD4 and COD5 and the upcoming game Cod Modern Warfare 2 at a minimum of 30-35FPS without overclocking it at all. I saw some videos from youtube running COD4 and COD5 with a Q8200 and a High End Graphics Card ATI Radeon 4870 at 60-100 frames per second. Can I achieve that without overclocking at all and with my mid range ATI Radeon Hd4670?
August 3, 2009 4:48:57 PM

Sure your pc will run cod4/5 and probably MW2 as well. The performance you experience in these games will be dependant on the graphics settings you use. 100+FPS is easy to get if you play at 800x600 with everything on low, but if your wanting to play MW2 at 60+FPS with 8xAA and 16AF at 1900x1200 then your going to need more power. 2.33Ghz isn't a particularly fast clock speed, but you do have 4 cores, and the option to overclock. You don't mention your monitor size or RAM or OS type (32 or 64 bit) which will all make a difference.

Bottom line; Cod4/5 will run at >35Fps no probs, MW2 isn't out yet but i'd guess you'd be fine as long as you're prepared to turn some of the eye candy down. Remember, its resolution, AA and texture quality that hurts game performance the most.

August 3, 2009 6:12:37 PM

Modern Warfare 2 isn't even out yet.
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August 3, 2009 9:45:43 PM

your graphics card is going to take the biggest hit in your system definitely. i would overclock both to be honest...
August 4, 2009 4:18:10 AM

emyyhh said:
Sure your pc will run cod4/5 and probably MW2 as well. The performance you experience in these games will be dependant on the graphics settings you use. 100+FPS is easy to get if you play at 800x600 with everything on low, but if your wanting to play MW2 at 60+FPS with 8xAA and 16AF at 1900x1200 then your going to need more power. 2.33Ghz isn't a particularly fast clock speed, but you do have 4 cores, and the option to overclock. You don't mention your monitor size or RAM or OS type (32 or 64 bit) which will all make a difference.

Bottom line; Cod4/5 will run at >35Fps no probs, MW2 isn't out yet but i'd guess you'd be fine as long as you're prepared to turn some of the eye candy down. Remember, its resolution, AA and texture quality that hurts game performance the most.


Thanks very much. I am currently using a 32bit Vista with 4gb ram but since i'm using a 32bit OS, it will only show around 3.5gb and a new 23" Acer Monitor. I want the settings to be all high with no AA, Which resolution do you recommended me to play the games at?
August 4, 2009 4:45:05 AM

You should be fine without an overclock, the CPU isn't going to be the bottleneck for the games, and since your going to run it without AA you SHOULD be able to run it at the screens native resolution at about 35 to 40 fps avarge.

I am assuming 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 native.
August 4, 2009 5:02:00 AM

N@n0 said:
You should be fine without an overclock, the CPU isn't going to be the bottleneck for the games, and since your going to run it without AA you SHOULD be able to run it at the screens native resolution at about 35 to 40 fps avarge.

I am assuming 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 native.


TY I think I'll go with the 1920x1080.
August 4, 2009 5:13:41 AM

Hello guys, i just saw a video from youtube, this guy was playing COD4 with the same processor I have (Not Overclocked) with everything on extra (Very High), 4xAA, 1920x1080. However, he was using a 9600GT and he manage to reach 60-100 FPS, I just want to know if i can i achieve that in COD4 with a HD4670 which i currently have.

I am really confused with COD's system requirements, is there a internet site which i can just enter the game i want to buy and my computer's specs, and they check if your system is capable of running it at high with decent FPS. I mean nobody would want to buy a game which doesn't work.

I've also did some researching myself and found out the HD4670 is more than capable to enable AA in games , sometimes even better than some other Nvidia graphics cards.
August 4, 2009 2:40:44 PM

PCQuadCore123 said:
Hello guys, i just saw a video from youtube, this guy was playing COD4 with the same processor I have (Not Overclocked) with everything on extra (Very High), 4xAA, 1920x1080. However, he was using a 9600GT and he manage to reach 60-100 FPS, I just want to know if i can i achieve that in COD4 with a HD4670 which i currently have.

I am really confused with COD's system requirements, is there a internet site which i can just enter the game i want to buy and my computer's specs, and they check if your system is capable of running it at high with decent FPS. I mean nobody would want to buy a game which doesn't work.

I've also did some researching myself and found out the HD4670 is more than capable to enable AA in games , sometimes even better than some other Nvidia graphics cards.


I doubt you'd see frame rates that high. From the benchmarks I've seen the 9600gt performs slightly better (on average) than the 4670. However that doesn't mean that the 4670 won't run the game. 1680x1050 is a pretty tough resolution to game at with max settings and AA on, hence virtually everyone on here has a beefy graphics card/s setup.

But what does it matter as long as the game is playable? I guarantee your pc will run cod 4/5 at playable settings without frame drops. Whether that means 1680x1050 with all settings on med, or 1900x1200 with no AA I couldn't say, the best way is to buy the game and see for yourself. One of the problems with buying a pc ready-made is that they often compromise on the hardware, especially on the gaming side. I dread to think how much extra a 4870 would have cost for example.

Try running the games on your pc and see for youself. Whatever happens it'll be able to run them. You also have the option of taking out your 4670 and replacing it with something more powerful, such as Crossfire 4770, or a 4870 - as long as your PSU supports it of course.
August 4, 2009 2:49:03 PM

NO your pc is garbage like that movie Speed.
October 6, 2009 9:34:15 AM

hey guys just wondering if you think I'll be able to run mw2. Cod4 ran, but for some reason would exit sometimes and would be laggy on the airstrikes.

I'm not too computer saavy so here's some info copied from dxdiag:

Intel(R) Core 2 duo CPU E 6550 @ 2.33GHz (2CPUs)
2044MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200


Hope this is all the required info.. what other info is needed??

Thanks for your time :na: 
October 9, 2009 12:20:14 PM

4670/8500GT are low end gaming cards. You will need a mid range to play it at decent frame rates with medium settings.

My advice, sell your cards on ebay and get a card around the £100 mark and what ever you choose you should be able to run most games on a decent res and medium/high settings.

The processors you mention, even stock speeds will be perfectly fine.

I myself would go for a 4850, that seems to be the sweet spot atm (price/performance)
October 9, 2009 1:29:35 PM

HardwareSexFan said:
NO your pc is garbage like that movie Speed.

Speed was good back in its day you little punk :heink: 
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October 15, 2009 9:51:53 PM

I just got a new custom pc on order, will its GPU run MW2 nicely?

4870 ATI RADEON 2gb cost me £350. CPU is a Quad core AMD 3.0GHz with ASUS mother board. Whole pc with other kit that i cba to add set me back £1180.

I hope i can run mw2 at top specs!!!
October 16, 2009 5:09:51 PM

im sure you will be fine though you could have spent that money much more wisely.... thats a lot of cash for a semi high end pc.

edit: i would have went for an i5 with the 5770.
October 16, 2009 6:05:24 PM

The game will run fine with those specs...

You cannot overclock the CPU on that Dell unless you unlock the bios....

A better video card would help alot, if you decide to use xAA in the future....
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