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Empire: Total War CPU upgrade

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September 2, 2011 4:59:13 PM

I just recently bought Empire: Total War and tried playing on Ultra settings and it crashed. I've been playing on the high settings since and haven't had any problems since. I've been wondering now if my graphics card would work a little better if I upgraded my CPU. I currently have a Athlon II X4 630 (2.8GHz) with a ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 and 4GB of RAM. I'm looking at a Athlon II X4 Phenom 965 Black Edition. Would this be a good upgrade? How about upgrading my RAM to 8GB, any benefit?

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September 2, 2011 8:37:33 PM



Hello!
I have the same processor but mine is 3ghz and the same graphics card and the same ram and I can run it at ultra so what typre of motherboard do you have as its the most important part.
I did have an asrock n68c-s and it was awful so I changed to an Asus M4A87TD and my system power doubled.
Ram is a worthy investment but rather than getting another 4GB maybe if its slow you should just get a much faster 4GB? I dont know what type you have so i'm shooting in the dark.
I suggest Corsair Vengeance ram
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September 5, 2011 4:08:48 AM

claytondodge9 said:
I just recently bought Empire: Total War and tried playing on Ultra settings and it crashed. I've been playing on the high settings since and haven't had any problems since. I've been wondering now if my graphics card would work a little better if I upgraded my CPU. I currently have a Athlon II X4 630 (2.8GHz) with a ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 and 4GB of RAM. I'm looking at a Athlon II X4 Phenom 965 Black Edition. Would this be a good upgrade? How about upgrading my RAM to 8GB, any benefit?

Thanks


Athlon Phenom II X4 965 BE is a good CPU, as you can overclock it; also, adding 4 more GB of RAM should help too, as most modern games will run well on at least 4GB RAM or even more, as is the case with Metro 2033 (8GB RAM).

But as tweek877 mentioned, greater speed for your RAM should also be taken into account.
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September 15, 2011 8:19:38 PM

So I'm looking at doing the memory upgrade but am now unsure if this memory will work with my system. I have a Dell Studio XPS 7100. My memory is 240 pin ddr3 sdram 1333. This is what I'm thinking about upgrading to:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will that be compatible with my system? As long it's 240 pin ddr3 sdram can anything be used? On memory-up.com it says "Your Dell StudioS 7100 only supports memory modules made with a specific type of chip." So now I'm confused if I can only use a specific type/brand of memory.
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