Hello guys, I'm having a dilemma still at the moment even after making 1 post about a similar issue. I'm unsure as what to get so that any part of my system doesn't Bottle neck the other while gaming (specifically in Sc2)
I don't know whether my current CPU-RAM-MOBO is bottle necking my game play and making my frames drop or if my GPU is too weak. It seems when I play 1v1 I don't lag whether i run low or all settings on ULTRA, but the other brackets such as 2v2 3v3 and 4v4 seem to lag regardless of the settings and resolution when I star seeing mass units on screen, which leads me to believe that the problem may be my slower cpu? (my guess i am no wiz)
Let me show you my current setup which is kind of old now:
-AMD Phenom 9500 Quad Core 2.2ghz
-OLD locked ECS mc6p1gm motherboard
-Visiontek 4850 Gpu
-4gb ddr2 ram
-650watt OCZ Power supply
-Win vista 32 bit home premium
-24" Synaps 1920x1080
I'm looking to spend around $350 Cdn or less if i can from www.Ncix.com as I live near the warehouse. If you guys don't mind can you take the time to recommend what I should do?
It would be close to your $350 price range, and give you a decent boost for SC2. Also, I'm not sure about that motherboard, but instead you might just be able to drop in an AM3 processor - a Phenom II or Athlon II or something...
Oh alright I get it, now just 1 more thing before I have my decision. I know you already stated that there isn't much of a difference between the athlon II and the phenom II. But if it were you purchasing for longevity and lasting factor for maybe 2+ years of gaming, that would include games such as SC2 and Diablo 3, would you pick up a more expensive mobo over the one I chose or a Phenom II x4 BE over the x2 I originally had. Thanks
Appreciate the quick responses man. As for jumping to the i5 I couldn't do it with the $350 budget, seeing how I need the ram and mobo still. I could however go for the Intel i3 core over the Phenom II x2 / Athlon x4 but then again most people have been recommending me an AMD build. (not sure why prob cause it's cheaper)
What do you personally think about the alternative Intel i3 core 2.93 ghz build with some kind of p55 mobo or do you still stand by the build we listed above.
Ps. sorry for all these darn questions but I want to make the right choice and I'm fairly new to builds and questions keep coming up
Usually for 1600mhz stuff you do have to play in the BIOS a little bit... That 1333 stuff will be great. Core i5 stuff just runs at a lower voltage, and should be fine. It's buying AMD stuff and putting it in a core i5 system that can be troublesome.