Hey guys, I have a simple question. I'm lookling to get better fps in SC2 in 3v3 4v4 matches(it can dip to 6-7fps with mass units) but I am on a budget for around $350 for part replacements until D3 comes out in the future(don't want to spend more)
So if I replace the following :
- Old school ECS MCP61PM-GM AM2 mATX Motherboard --WITH-- ECS H55H-M2 LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Are you limited to an mATX motherboard by your case? Have you been monitoring your CPU to see if it's 100% busy, or are you just guessing? In a vacuum, it's really hard to say whether it's your CPU or GPU. Do you get better performance if you turn down the resolution? Or does the performance stay the same? What about if you turn the details down to low? Better or the same?
If you're set on replacing your CPU/Mobo/RAM, you might get better value with a Phenom II or Athlon II.
Unless you're planning to overclock a ton, the i3-540 doesn't appear to be significantly different from the Phenom II X4 965 (or a 955 with its multiplier upped by one). http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan... -- even a Phenom II X2 555 has basically the same fps as the i3-540, and it's $25 cheaper.
At any rate, I would certainly expect to see some improvement, if nothing else, just from going to 2.2 GHz to 3.06 GHz should have some effect on your gaming.
hey guys thanks for the great replys so far. To answer some of the questions...
-I did already dust out my cpu and gpu and all of that.
-I also have a full tower and I don't believe I am limited to matx boards only, I kind of just picked what I thought fit for the price range I had in mind
-My fps seems to stay about the same even if I lower resolution, it has always kind of been like that with this build.
In my personal experience I believe my cpu and crappy mobo along with ram bottleknecks my 4850, but I am by no means a pc wiz.
My final question just comes down to whether these replacements will severely help with fps and withstand mass units better to the point where I don't dip to under 10 fps OR is it not worth even making this upgrade.
Thanks for the quick replys man, very much appreciated, I will try what you stated. I just kind of figured the parts I was planning to sub were complete garbage as I bought them with a barebone kit back in the day and from sc2 requirements a 4850 should have done me well in those settings, but none the less I will go give that a try right now.
Another reason I was kind of replacing the parts I mentioned was to leave the others behind for make another pc for the family.
I will be back with a reply shortly though, thanks again.
Snazzy! Alright, so it seems the dips happen regardless if Im playing on 1280x1024 ULTRA settings or 1920x1080 LOW, the first noticeable dip was when units from opposing team came in our base on ULTRA 1280x1024, BUT obviously the starting fps is better at LOW graphics MAX resolution over ULTRA and 1280x1024.I just don't want to make a purchase to only regret it not playing to my standards. Is there anything else I can do to help verify where the issue is?