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I got my system stolen, need bits of performance....

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January 12, 2010 6:34:06 PM

hi all,
I got my computer stolen recently.....
so i built this rig....

Pentium 4 - 630- 3.0ghz 2mb prescott
1 GB - 533mhz ddr2 (512x2)
500gb WD 7200rpm 16mb
xfx ati radeon 4830
colorit 500watt psu

Now i upgraded some part of it to :

ati radeon 5970
cooler master 600watt silent pro psu

Still i get lag in games.......due to low budget at the moment....
I found this processor

Pentium Processor E5400 (2MB L2, 2.7Ghz, 800Mhz )

Its cheap for 50pounds.....
My question is:

How much performance increase will i get? Can i play prototype at max, crysis at max....coz the maximum resolution i can afford to play right now is 1024 x 768 ......

Thanks all

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January 12, 2010 7:00:08 PM

Just so I am clear. You have a single core pentium 4 system with a 5970 graphics card?

Crysis really needs a triple core CPU. Getting a different single core CPU wont give you much performance increase.,2280...

A 5970 is the only GPU capable of playing of playing crysis well at 1920x1200 resolution. You need a new motherboard and high end quad core CPU to take advantage of that cards massive graphics power. An i5 750 or Phenom II 955 system would make an awesome gaming machine.,2474...
January 12, 2010 7:01:39 PM

First thing you need to do is verify that processor is even compatible with your motherboard. If you're not sure, list your motherboard manufacturer and model. Next would be to increase the amount of RAM to at least 2GB (3 or 4 GB would be preferable).

-Wolf sends
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January 13, 2010 5:45:20 AM

thanks guys, i spend all my money on the graphic card....thats why...Yes i got a single core pentium 4 prescott

My motherboard is a MSI -7173

IF this cannot support the pentium D , then i was looking at this motherboard:

which supports 667mhz ram only. so cant upgrade the ram at the moment.

I was looking at these processors.:,+2.60+GHz,+800+MHz+FSB)

Pentium D 4MB 800mhz 3.4Ghz

Since my car got stolen as well, so i am in a bit of big crysis at the moment....will upgrade my motherboard later on...
January 13, 2010 5:48:13 AM

dndhatcher said:

Crysis really needs a triple core CPU. Getting a different single core CPU wont give you much performance increase.

e5400 is a dual core.... :D 
January 13, 2010 6:22:10 AM

thelivingflesh said:
e5400 is a dual core.... :D 

to feed a 5970 you would surely need a powerful processors...Your crappy DC CPU is creating some serious bottleneck...go for a PH2 x4 or i5
January 13, 2010 7:52:13 AM

ok, i got a buyer....for this card.. what recommended processor for gtx 260 oc
January 13, 2010 9:05:51 AM


First off, the E5400 is not compatible with that motherboard.
Second, that motherboard does not support ANY processor that can handle a high-end GPU.
Third, your lag was probably caused by lack of memory more than anything else.

-Wolf sends
January 13, 2010 2:51:20 PM

Something is strange here. You bought a 5970 and now you have a buyer and want a GTX 260 and you haven't yet resolved what CPU you need for your gaming needs?

January 13, 2010 4:12:43 PM

Bwa ha ha ha ha.

A P4 630 and a Radeon 5970, with only 1GB of meory? That's priceless :D . You would have been way better off with a new AMD Phenom II, RAM, crossfire board, and a 4850 to crossfire with your 4830 for probably a little less money. Anyway...........

Your current board can only support the older P4s like the one you currently have. It will not support C2 based Pentiums like the 5400.

If you got someone to buy your 5970 use the money for new RAM, CPU, and Motherboard. You may even have enough left for a 4830 or 4850 to crossfire with your current 4830.
January 14, 2010 1:07:46 PM

I don't see any mention of memory and that Intel motherboard does not support DDR2-533 memory. Add at least 2GB (again, preferably 4GB) of DDR2-667 or DDR2-800 and you should be fine.

-Wolf sends
January 14, 2010 1:18:44 PM

thelivingflesh said:
man, i sold the 4830.

I am getting this processor and this motherboard:

Do you guys think, i will atleast play crysis warhead max...on 1024x768
Gpx card remains the same 5970

Q6600 Intel Core 2 Quad
and this Intel DG33FB

for 130pounds......

You're gonna play Crysis on 1024 X 768. That seems counterproductive to enjoy Crysis' beautiful graphics on such a tiny size screen.
May 25, 2012 10:19:07 PM

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