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February 1, 2010 9:08:12 PM

Hello people , yesterday I fired up the Bad Company 2 beta and was really shocked at how demanding the game is. Even clocked to 3.8 I was still only avg 35-40 fps. In heavy action areas the FPS would drop as low as 18. I can really notice the instability in regards to the FPS.

I play at 1600x1200 on a 24". I tried with and without AA and filtering. Changing to medium quality I thought would net more performance but I only picked up about 4-5 fps. Really bothersome considering how expensive this 285 2gb was.

So , my question is , would I get better performance if I made the move to I7 ? I'm looking at the 920. If I were to purchase this CPU I would probably run 3.6, 3.8, 4.0. I just priced a new CPU/MB/Mem and I'm looking at around $650.00 to make the move. Of course I can sell my old stuff and apply it towards the new , but money really isn't too big of an issue.

I also thought about possibly dropping in a Q9650. This would run me around $300.00


Which option do you think would net the best performance ? Is the value of moving to I7 worth it ? This E8400 isn't cutting it.

Thanks in advance


E8400 4.20 466x9 1.38
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February 1, 2010 9:25:20 PM

hard to believe that your rig right now can't handle bad company 2 at 1600x1200.. im gonna subscribe to this thread and see what other people think!
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February 1, 2010 11:24:30 PM

Wow, might be problem with the beta? Ask around on the BC2 forums see if its not just you.. been playing it on 360 and its and great little demo
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February 2, 2010 12:46:01 PM

@ Aber : I was forced to reduce aa and filtering to 1 and all settings to medium. At that point I'm still hovering 30-45 FPS with dips as low as 18. 30-45 is playable but I was expecting to run this on high with a $400.00 video card.

Is my CPU holding me back ?

The main point of this thread was to get some feedback on what kind of performance increase ( if any ) I could expect going with an I7 920 or dropping in C2Q Q9650. I have googled quite a bit and looked at benchmarks but what I want is peoples opinions.

@ Pineapple : Hell yeah bro , the game play is insane. I can't wait for the official release. I will look around their forums at some point today.

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February 2, 2010 11:49:37 PM

that's what you get for buying a dual core. People in other forums are having dual core CPUs with 5970s being out performed by Quads with 4850s because CPU bottlenecks.

Here's a quote from another forum where they were discussing how to get BC2 to use all 4 cores

"Wow My FPS jump from 21-FPS to 45-FPS."

behold, the difference between dual and quad cores on that game.

another quote

"Yep it's the dual-core barrier. Game is borderline unplayable with anything less than a quad-core. I upgraded from a 3.0GHz dual core to a 3.0GHz quad core today and my framerates doubled. I'm now in between GPU and CPU limited[...]"
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February 3, 2010 1:09:24 AM

Thanks for the reply bro. It seems you have answered that question. Now I will ask , should I just drop in a Q9650 or go I7 ? Money really isn't an issue but my wife already hates this computer and I would hate to drop another $600.00 on it. If the I7 will perform significantly better I will go that route though.


Thoughts ??

I7 $600.00 new build vs Q9650 drop-in $300.00
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February 3, 2010 8:42:56 PM

Go for i5 build, youll be alot more future proofed
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February 4, 2010 1:13:12 PM

I completely agree. Thanks for the feedback !
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February 4, 2010 1:14:04 PM

Best answer selected by roush2fast.
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February 11, 2010 1:36:40 PM

Sorry for opening a dead thread but I have another question.

While shopping around for the best deals on an I5 750 I came across someone selling new QX9650's for $320.00 with free shipping. These are new slan3 processors.

So , I can drop $320.00 on this extreme or a little over $500.00 for the I5 platform. Which do you think would perform better when gaming ? Even if the I5 edges out the CDQ is the price/perf worth it ? Both would be overclocked to 3.8+

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February 11, 2010 1:42:18 PM

roush2fast said:
Hello people , yesterday I fired up the Bad Company 2 beta and was really shocked at how demanding the game is. Even clocked to 3.8 I was still only avg 35-40 fps. In heavy action areas the FPS would drop as low as 18. I can really notice the instability in regards to the FPS.

I play at 1600x1200 on a 24". I tried with and without AA and filtering. Changing to medium quality I thought would net more performance but I only picked up about 4-5 fps. Really bothersome considering how expensive this 285 2gb was.

So , my question is , would I get better performance if I made the move to I7 ? I'm looking at the 920. If I were to purchase this CPU I would probably run 3.6, 3.8, 4.0. I just priced a new CPU/MB/Mem and I'm looking at around $650.00 to make the move. Of course I can sell my old stuff and apply it towards the new , but money really isn't too big of an issue.

I also thought about possibly dropping in a Q9650. This would run me around $300.00


Which option do you think would net the best performance ? Is the value of moving to I7 worth it ? This E8400 isn't cutting it.

Thanks in advance


E8400 4.20 466x9 1.38
XFX 780i
4 GB Corsair 5-5-5-15
EVGA GTX285 2GB
Soundblaster Extreme Gamer
Coolermaster 850W SLI
2x WD Green 1T
Antec 900
G15
Coolermaster Storm Sentinel
Windows 7 64
24 LCD



Go with AMD. Best value for the hardware capabilities. It would be a cheap upgrade to get a MB/CPU. They still make Nforce motherboards so your Nvidia card won't be wasted.

Check out Toms hardware "best gaming cpu for the money Jan 2010" to see what I mean.
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February 11, 2010 7:16:45 PM

Dude , I appreciate the advice but I am looking to purchase one of the two processors I am comparing. What I am trying to gather is everyone's opinion on QX9650 ( Extreme ) for $320.00 vs. I7 for $550 +/-.
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February 11, 2010 7:34:59 PM

Going I5 . You make close this thread.

Thanks
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March 6, 2010 1:00:36 PM

don't know if this makes any difference but i'm running bad company 2 full wack with an i7 920, gtx 260 sli, 6gig ram and its around 50 - 60 fps
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