Upgrading C2D 1.8ghz to C2D 2.93 ghz?

Crysis runs fine on medium settings with my rig, but I was thinking of upgrading the CPU recently since I can't get another mobo just yet. I was looking to max out my CPU at E7400 3.09 Ghz. Will upgrading the CPU help any with a game like Crysis, even though the GPU probably makes the biggest difference?

My system specs:

Windows Vista SP2 (32 bit)
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 ghz
3GB DDR2 RAM
GeForce GTS 250 512MB (just bought this)
550W PSU
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  1. Well, I don't know how much it would help crysis but that's quite a jump in clock speed. The minimum requirements for many recent games is dual core at at least 2.4GHZ. Recommended is more like 3.0 Ghz.

    I would expect a boost in frame rates but i imagine the things like detail settings and AA/AF would be more GPU dependent. However I like the idea of the faster CPU to drive the new GTS250, that's a smart choice.
    Definitely quite a boost in overall system performance, a worthy upgrade in my book!
  2. buzznut said:
    Well, I don't know how much it would help crysis but that's quite a jump in clock speed. The minimum requirements for many recent games is dual core at at least 2.4GHZ. Recommended is more like 3.0 Ghz.

    I would expect a boost in frame rates but i imagine the things like detail settings and AA/AF would be more GPU dependent. However I like the idea of the faster CPU to drive the new GTS250, that's a smart choice.
    Definitely quite a boost in overall system performance, a worthy upgrade in my book!


    I will look at upgrading the CPU next for sure and possibly getting my system up to 4GB RAM which should help with system performance.
  3. you will notice quite a bit of difference, when i originally OC'ed my E6600 (single 4850 at the time) from 2.4 to 3.0 i got about 10ish fps boost across the board and around 15 in GTA4... however you will notice it the most during general use as it will help with the general responsiveness of the system. That should also clear any chokes of the 250, good luck

    Dont worry so much about the 3 Gigz of ram, i went from 3 to 6 and there was no obvious improvement, just keep it reserved if u get an upgrading urge haha
  4. Why not an upgrade from C2D to C2Q..??
  5. xc0mmiex said:
    you will notice quite a bit of difference, when i originally OC'ed my E6600 (single 4850 at the time) from 2.4 to 3.0 i got about 10ish fps boost across the board and around 15 in GTA4... however you will notice it the most during general use as it will help with the general responsiveness of the system. That should also clear any chokes of the 250, good luck

    Dont worry so much about the 3 Gigz of ram, i went from 3 to 6 and there was no obvious improvement, just keep it reserved if u get an upgrading urge haha

    i updated my P4 to Quad...and i got 30 fps boost in GTA 4.... :bounce:
  6. u should think of updating to a Quad like Q8400 those r dirt cheap now... and will give more big jump in performance than c2d 2.9Ghz....
  7. I came from an E6300 C2D to an E6700 Pentium Dual Core 3.2GHz (Now OC'd to 4GHz) and I noticed a 12fps difference in GTA4 and a 30FPS in CS:S!
  8. gearsx8 said:
    Crysis runs fine on medium settings with my rig, but I was thinking of upgrading the CPU recently since I can't get another mobo just yet. I was looking to max out my CPU at E7400 3.09 Ghz. Will upgrading the CPU help any with a game like Crysis, even though the GPU probably makes the biggest difference?

    My system specs:

    Windows Vista SP2 (32 bit)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 ghz
    3GB DDR2 RAM
    GeForce GTS 250 512MB (just bought this)
    550W PSU



    C2D to again C2D its not so good upgradation...if your mobo supports core to quad then just upgrade your Cpu c2d to C2Q..... all the new game run pretty good with 3 Gb ram..but if you upgrade your ram upto 4gb it would be better for 64 bits OS..(vista or win 7)
  9. Get a Quad, forget the dual cores now.
  10. But as above people are right, for maximum speed I'd go for a Q9650 if your budget can stretch that far?
  11. I personally wont recommend on a Q9650 purchase over the Q9550.. They both bear the same specs and are clocked very closely.. The 9550 has a 95W TDP though in comparison to the 130W TDP on the 9650..
  12. My only problem right now is that I do not have the money to get a new mobo and RAM which the Quad Core would require correct?
  13. Overclock your CPU a little, and start saving! Upgrade to a Core i7 and X58 mobo later. What do you say?
  14. gearsx8 said:
    My only problem right now is that I do not have the money to get a new mobo and RAM which the Quad Core would require correct?


    Its true that not all LGA 775 socket motherboards support all the processors from the 775 lineup.. What is your motherboard make and model.?
  15. Emperus said:
    Its true that not all LGA 775 socket motherboards support all the processors from the 775 lineup.. What is your motherboard make and model.?


    This is the mobo in my Gateway.

    http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4GWCOUNCILBLF
  16. gearsx8 said:



    then i think you should start budgeting for new rig........coz chipsets are as important as Cpu....
    in my openion dont waste even a single $ on this computer....
    keep it as and wait for your good amount of $s...
    coz performance is not only depends on CPU...but also on RAm and GPU as well mobo....
    your system ram is also ddr2 ... it should be ddr3....

    dont mind it.... it would be a better decision to wait for whole upgradation.....
  17. If you're still thinking about upgrading the CPU, be sure that your Dell MB will support the upgrade before you spend the $$$.
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