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July 22, 2010 1:26:26 AM

Hi my system is:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 Ghz
Motherboard:Asus P5QPL-VM EPU
Memory:OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Platinum 4GB Edition Dual Channel
Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 4850
OS:Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
I'm thinking of making a hardware upgrade so I can play heavier games the thing is I'm not sure where to make the upgrade but I have been thinking of replacing my dual core with a quad core my budget is around 140-160 USD.

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 1:33:29 AM

That CPU should be fine still. Buy a good cooler and overclock it.

the 4850 should also be OK at lower resolutions, but might struggle in some games at 1680x1050 or higher. A 5830, 5850 or GTX 460 would all be good upgrades.
July 22, 2010 12:02:36 PM

Proximon said:
That CPU should be fine still. Buy a good cooler and overclock it.

the 4850 should also be OK at lower resolutions, but might struggle in some games at 1680x1050 or higher. A 5830, 5850 or GTX 460 would all be good upgrades.


Once I tried to overclock it and it failed miserably even though my motherboard is very good for overclocking but my motherboard came with a software wich is called turbo key which converts my shutdown button to an instant cpu overclocking but I'm not sure how much it changes my cpu's speed is there a way to determine that?

As for my graphics card it also came with an overclocking software more detailed actually but I'm not sure how to determine what changes when I use it.As for resolutions I only use 1440x900 so higher resolutions are not my thing.

If you could tell me a software or two with which I can determine my cpu's and graphics card speed I would be grateful
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July 22, 2010 4:48:18 PM

Ubrales said:
Use CPUID (CPU-Z) to monitor the CPU - http://www.cpuid.com/


I tried that but the core speed goes from 1600 MHz to 1674 MHz and I believe its not alot maybe I'll try again with manual overclocking
a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 6:48:57 PM

TheByt3 said:
I tried that but the core speed goes from 1600 MHz to 1674 MHz and I believe its not alot maybe I'll try again with manual overclocking


CPUID is for monitoring, not intended for overclocking.

To overclock do it in the BIOS.

Here are some good guides for overclocking: - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259903-29-overclockin...
July 22, 2010 11:16:57 PM

Ubrales said:
CPUID is for monitoring, not intended for overclocking.

To overclock do it in the BIOS.

Here are some good guides for overclocking: - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259903-29-overclockin...


You misunderstood me, I overcloked it with my motherboards software which overclocks it by pressing the power button while windows is running and CPUID showed to me that between overclocked and non-overclocked the difference is 74 MHz.I will check your link thanks
a b B Homebuilt system
July 23, 2010 12:26:35 AM

OK
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