A friend of mine currently has an E5300 on a crappy 800fsb board , 4GB ddr2 , with a 9800GT. He is trying to play BF BC2 and is really struggling even on low settings. He came to me and asked me to put together a quad that would run the game a little better. He has $190.00 which obviously isn't much. About the only thing I can come up with is ,
Then he will need a new ( 8 pic ) PSU which he states he can pick up for $25.00
Is this the best solution considering his budget ? I think BC2 should run a little smoother on this.... thoughts ??
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Hmm i have seen 720p gaming very smooth for X2/HD 4670 no AA so for youur case maybe a simple GPU upgrade and perhaps a light OC?
Perhaps tone down to medium settings?
He is currently running on low and has a hard time playing with all the destruction on the maps. This game runs better on quads , I know as I just upgraded. He is not open to a new card and his board has limited OC ability. He wants a quad and will purchase it without my recommendation if necessary.
I don't know much about the older phenom line thus my reason for asking here.