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Can I play Mass Effect 2 on this low end CPU?

Hi guys, ive been planning between buying two games; Mass effect 2 or EvE Online. Both look very fun to me and i am leaning mostly towards buying ME2 over EvE Online.
I have a graphics card that is perfectly capable of handleing the game (Nvidia gts 250) but the problems is my CPU.
My CPU is Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz, i have been hearing that this CPU is not good at all and it will bottle neck my gfx card when playing some games such as ME2. I don't have enough money to buy a better CPU for now and am just wonder if I will be able to play ME2 at maxed settings perfectly fine with a fps around 40 - 60+
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  1. Guess nobody knows much, -refresh
  2. Best answer
    Possibly,
    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/CYRI/intro.aspx
    Choose mass effect 2, your system will be analysed and a conclusion given/.
  3. 55Range said:
    Possibly,
    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/CYRI/intro.aspx
    Choose mass effect 2, your system will be analysed and a conclusion given/.


    Nope, the CPU fails sadly. The gfx card, memory, and sound are all perfectly or beyond the recommended requirements. Guess ill either OC or buy a new cpu to prevent any bottle necking.
  4. Best answer selected by morkintash.
  5. I see. yeah cpu upgrade would be nice, i dont think a good enough boost will be provided with the oc/
  6. 55Range said:
    I see. yeah cpu upgrade would be nice, i dont think a good enough boost will be provided with the oc/


    Yea, the cache is awful and the cpu is out of date. OC didn't help much on this cpu.

    Think a Core 2 Quad Q8300 would do a good job? (the the intel i processors are a bit to much and the old quads are still great!) its .5 Mhz faster then the cpu i have at the moment, but it's quad and not dual core so those extra 2 should really make up! (And no anoying micro lags) With this and my Gts 250 should be able to play most games at maxed settings. I also plan to go sli with a 460 soon so i can play the new crysis 2.
  7. Yeah a 8300 will do, i have a Q 8400 oced to 3.6
    Does really great with a gtx 460.
  8. Not all games are optimized for multi-core, it may only utilize 2 cores.

    "...I should also mention that a few blogs and news sites have been incorrectly saying this is a "multi-core" fix. The problem only appears on dual-core systems, and even then only certain configurations. If you have a quad-core, the you should
    be fine..."
  9. pleasenoname said:
    Not all games are optimized for multi-core, it may only utilize 2 cores.

    "...I should also mention that a few blogs and news sites have been incorrectly saying this is a "multi-core" fix. The problem only appears on dual-core systems, and even then only certain configurations. If you have a quad-core, the you should
    be fine..."


    im going to get a quad core, i was planning on the Q8400 but found that the E8400 is a little better, and they seem the same price =D
  10. Morkintash said:
    im going to get a quad core, i was planning on the Q8400 but found that the E8400 is a little better, and they seem the same price =D


    I seriously not recommend that-
    The E8400 is core 2 duo.
    I even started a thread for that.
    I went with the Q8400 and would have regretted otherwise.
  11. I have only built with AMD so far, I don't know as much about Intel.
    I was wondering; what don't you like about the E8400?

    The core 2 duo is 2 dual core processors running in tandem, right? Is that why?
    If you have the link to the thread I'd like to read it.
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