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Will an upgrade of my CPU improve my 9800gtx+

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July 26, 2010 8:46:37 PM

My 9800gtx+ has been performing very low in several games, especially new games like Battlefield Bad Company 2. I am currently running on an old Athlon X2 @ 2.7ghz. Im pretty sure my CPU is bottlenecking my 9800, so if i upgrade to a Phenom II X2 Black Edition would i really see a gain in FPS or is it something else? Maybe both are Bottlenecking? I don't know?

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Alex

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July 26, 2010 8:51:08 PM

you should see a good improvement in your FPS, see the link
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/32?vs=97

plus you have a chance to unlock one or two cores if you are lucky and have a motherboard with ACC.
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July 26, 2010 9:01:24 PM

So for my current setup. Is the Phenom II X2 and 9800gtx+ both overclocked, a good improvement. And in the future should i look into 9800 sli or an improve in a graphics card. I know that the 9800 still has some potential.
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July 26, 2010 9:06:20 PM

i would not purchase a second 9800gtx+ for SLI, the card is getting old.
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July 26, 2010 9:10:35 PM

True i can use the 9800 as a physx card
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July 26, 2010 9:56:50 PM

Overclock the piss out of your CPU my friend. My E8500 @ 3.8 still kicks ass.
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July 26, 2010 10:07:40 PM

athlons cant overclock that much. they run too hot. i avg 45c on idle
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July 26, 2010 10:13:56 PM

battlefield bad company 2 is optimized for quad cores it takes up all of your 4 cores
this game is kinda laggy on dual cores

my all cores are at 30%-50%(usage) while playing this game and while gaming on dual core it is like 80%-90%

i tried this game on quad core with 8600gt it was smooth on medium settings since 8600gt isnt a powerful card anymore it was the processor which was helping

i say upgrading to a quad core will help alot maybe u will be able to max it out

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July 26, 2010 10:21:32 PM

Which quad core? Im on a $100 budget. The Phenom II X2 looks good because in the future when i get a new board i can unlock the cores to make it a quad core if the extra cores are not defected. The only quad core under $100 is the Phenom x4 which is an older cpu.
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July 26, 2010 10:24:03 PM

IROC_69 said:
battlefield bad company 2 is optimized for quad cores it takes up all of your 4 cores
this game is kinda laggy on dual cores



The game appears to be using all four cores when available. Here we used a standard Core i7 920 processor running at 2.66GHz. Please note HyperThreading was disabled and a single Radeon HD 5850 graphics card was used. As you can see none of the cores are working very hard.

Here is the same Core i7 920 processor with two cores disabled as well as HyperThreading. As you can see neither core is maxed out, but the CPU utilization is much higher. So again, a decent dual core processor such as a Core 2 Duo E8xxx or Phenom II X2 should be enough to get the most out of your graphics card in this game. While it is quad-core optimized, the game is not demanding enough on the CPU to warrant it based on what I have seen so far.


http://www.techspot.com/article/255-battlefield-bad-com...

while i would agree that a quad core is the better long term buy, the Phenom II X2 (with a good video card) can play BFBC2 at very good settings.
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July 26, 2010 10:26:00 PM

l3xus said:
Which quad core? Im on a $100 budget. The Phenom II X2 looks good because in the future when i get a new board i can unlock the cores to make it a quad core if the extra cores are not defected. The only quad core under $100 is the Phenom x4 which is an older cpu.


i would personally go with this CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

plus this cooler to OC the crap out of it, since it runs cool to begin with

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

combined, that's less then a $100




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July 26, 2010 10:28:59 PM

I also heard that u can unlock cores on the new althons. but will that cpu overclocked keep up with the phenom overclocked?
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July 26, 2010 10:41:14 PM

in games that utilize 2 cores like WoW, Crysis,and Fall Out 3. the phenom would have a clear advantage.

in games that can utilize more then two cores, Dragon Age, GTA IV. the advantage goes to the Athlon.

more and more games can utilize more then two cores but the Phenom will be a viable gaming CPU for a while longer.
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July 26, 2010 11:06:56 PM

I forgot to tell you that i have an asus m-atx board that doesnt offer that much overclocking features. so a black edition with overdrive utility would be ideal for me at the moment.
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August 4, 2010 7:18:42 PM

Best answer selected by l3xus.
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