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July 28, 2010 8:44:32 AM

Hello. I was wondering is my CPU enough good for mid-range gaming? AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.0ghz L2 cache 2x 1024 KBytes FSB: 1004.6 Mhz [FSP for Intel HT Link for AMD]

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July 28, 2010 8:49:47 AM

It will be fine, although it does depend on the games, the resolution you want to run them at and the graphics card you use.

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July 28, 2010 8:50:58 AM

What sort of mid range gaming are you talking about.? Which GPU do you currently posses.?
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July 28, 2010 8:55:35 AM

I will buy next month a HD4850 my max. res. is 1280x1024. no i just want play some newest games at medium settings. Gta 4 and other.
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July 28, 2010 9:05:00 AM

GTA4 won't do so well with that CPU as it likes cores. Getting one of the x3s or quads would be a better choice for that game. Other then that its a good mid range choice.
July 28, 2010 9:11:09 AM

I also game at that resolution (CRT MONITORS AIN'T DEAD!)

A 4850 performs pretty well in most new games at that resolution, especially if you only plan to play on medium settings.

I would recommend a 5770 if you can afford it or even a 5750 over the 4850 as they are both better performers and produce less noise / less heat, will oc better, support dx11 and are the same price and £20-40 more respectively

Edit: as 4745454b pointed out: Gaming at this resolution is heavily restricted by CPU. you might want to think about an upgrade if you plan to play stuff like crysis or gta on medium-high settings
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July 28, 2010 4:13:25 PM

apmucm2 said:
Hello. I was wondering is my CPU enough good for mid-range gaming? AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.0ghz L2 cache 2x 1024 KBytes FSB: 1004.6 Mhz [FSP for Intel HT Link for AMD]


To give you some idea, run these two tests:

1) Run YOUR games, but reduce the resolution and eye candy to a minimum. This will simulate what will happen if you upgrade to a stronger graphics card. If your FPS improves, it indicates that your cpu is capable of driving a stronger graphics card to higher levels of FPS.

2) Keeping your graphics resolution and settings the same, reduce your cpu power. Do this by removing the overclock, or by using windows power management to set a maximum cpu% of perhaps 70%. If your FPS drops significantly, it indicates that your current cpu is a limiting factor, and that a faster cpu would help.
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July 28, 2010 7:14:27 PM

It'll be fine for almost any game, but a few like GTAIV and BFBC2 really like more cores, and you'll be limited. The games will still run fine if you consider around 30fps smooth game play.
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