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September 26, 2009 6:18:23 AM

Currently I have:

mobo: ASUS P5LD2
cpu: P4 630 3.0 Ghz HT
gpu: PNY Geforce 9800GT 1GB
mem: 4 GB 800mhz DDR2 RAM
psu: 500W Thermaltake

Currently I'm playing COD4/Half-Life 2/ Team Fortress , and it runs pretty smooth but I think my cpu is bottleneck...

Monitor : 19" 1280 x 1024 Resolution

Since I will be buying Modern Warfare 2 in a couple months, and I'm wanting to buy Crysis and Far-Cry 2, I need to upgrade my CPU...

Which of the CPU's on this page should I go with?
http://support.asus.com/cpusupport [...] ct=1&os=17

I'm willing to try overclocking... But haven't done it before... I'm trying to be really cost effective right now without having to buy a whole new system... I also think it's dumb to spend $300 on a cpu for this computer when I will probably spend some money to build a whole new computer in 2 years or so...

Thanks a lot for your input.

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September 26, 2009 7:33:26 AM

You have a P945 chipset MB that will support first gen core2duo chips with a 1066 fsb. You can find an E-6xxx chip on newegg for less than $100 although all I see are 45nm chips and you really need the older 65 nm to be sure its compatable .Maybe try e-bay or someone else will know where too look. Anything Core2duo will blow away that P4 630 overclocked or not.
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September 26, 2009 12:31:06 PM

anort3 said:
You have a P945 chipset MB that will support first gen core2duo chips with a 1066 fsb. You can find an E-6xxx chip on newegg for less than $100 although all I see are 45nm chips and you really need the older 65 nm to be sure its compatable .Maybe try e-bay or someone else will know where too look. Anything Core2duo will blow away that P4 630 overclocked or not.


I think the E2200 is still widely available, get that and overclock it mildly to 2.4ghz.
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