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 ,
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.