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Move to I7 Bad Company 2

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
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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. @ 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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    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[...]"
  5. 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
  6. Let's change it to

    I5 750 $500.00 new build vs Q9650 drop-in $300.00

    This is what I have been looking at.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5550836&CatId=4721
  7. Go for i5 build, youll be alot more future proofed
  8. I completely agree. Thanks for the feedback !
  9. Best answer selected by roush2fast.
  10. 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+
  11. 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.
  12. 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 +/-.
  13. Going I5 . You make close this thread.

    Thanks
  14. 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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