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Is my Phenom X4 9950 outdated?

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November 20, 2010 6:55:45 PM

I tried to play Call of Duty Black Ops on max settings the other day and it started spiking every few minutes. IT was unbearable.

I tried to play an online game called Vindictus on max settings, it's not exactly smooth. I want it to be super smooth with not a single hitch in the graphics at all. I believe maybe my CPU is holding me back? Can anyone assess this?

BTW I'm playing games at 1280 X 1024.


CPU: Phenom X4 9950 BE
GPU: Radeon 4850
RAM: 2 GB
MB: M3A79-T Deluxe
HD: 80 GB

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November 20, 2010 7:45:56 PM

550W PSU


Uhm, I'm going to hold off on buying a new GPU...I'm playing at 1280 X 1024, I'm fairly certain a Radeon 4850 should be able to handle the latest games. The card's only 3 years old.
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November 20, 2010 7:49:28 PM

But playing at max setting should could give that gpu some problems..
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November 20, 2010 8:10:34 PM

GPU hits 44% usage max during Black Ops with all settings on maximum. If I just stand there for like 5 minutes, it plays really smooth. But after I move around a bit, once I get to a new area like every hallway I go to it locks up for a second over and over.
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November 20, 2010 8:16:45 PM

i cant tell you alot about this..But i am sure a few other guys would..You will hear from them soon.But i do agree it might not be your gpu.
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November 20, 2010 8:57:02 PM

Play on medium settings, problem solved.
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November 20, 2010 9:17:13 PM

Diamons said:

HD: 80 GB


How old is your HDD? If you're noticing slow downs when going to new areas, it could be due to a slow HDD.
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November 20, 2010 9:25:02 PM

I recommend upgrading that; pretty much any modern HDD will give you a significant performance boost, and thus should make your gameplay a lot smoother.
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November 20, 2010 9:31:08 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or get this one my samsung hardrive crashed alot and i only had it for 2 years and then it finally died on me. In my other build that ive had for 5 years i have a hitachi hardrive that never gave me any problems so i tend to trust them more than other hardrives.
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November 20, 2010 9:31:34 PM

COD BO has a problem with it that causes horrible stuttering regardless of hardware I heard they're going to patch it but your Phenom is fine for most games except for more demanding games perhaps and there is nothing wrong with that gpu for Black Ops as it is not graphically demanding.
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November 20, 2010 9:34:48 PM

I'll wait til Black Friday I guess. Damn, guess I have to shell out some money ;\
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November 20, 2010 10:28:39 PM

Yeah I agree with the others replace your HD with a new model.
Also your memory seems a little low too (especially if your using Vista or 7).
I would double it although with XP (the 32 bit version) you won't see the full 4 gigabytes of RAM.By the way what specific Operating System are the using?
32 bit or 64 bit?
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November 20, 2010 10:39:00 PM

To make it worse BO has been shown to use only around two threads and for some reason CPU bound (be it why your GPU usage is so low on the 4850) so I wouldn't worry about the CPU side. If your dips go from 45 to 5fps and shoot back up sharply, there is a good chance your hdd has gone into a frenzy which can be caused by swapping due to lack of ram. Check your hdd light during that period. COD has never had huge maps and needed to load on the go (GTA4) so hdd performance may not be the reason but wouldn't hurt a bit to upgrade.
What do you have for an OS?
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November 20, 2010 10:54:53 PM

I disagree with malmental about the Phenom X4 9950BE being pure crap.
Sure they were disappointments but comparatively speaking they are close to the Intel Quad Core 6600 but without the vast OC capability of it and a higher TDP.
Look at various benchmarks the 9950BE doesn't look too bad as there are a lot more budget CPU's with less performance.In fact the slightly slower 9850BE OEM is right now one of the best price per performance CPU's.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_value_available.html

Now the original TLB bugged Phenoms they were crappy.
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November 20, 2010 11:08:18 PM

Basically the Phenom II X4 940 BE corrected that problem when it was released a few years ago (in Jan 2009).It performed like an oc'd Q6600 at stock speeds and could be oc'd further.Then again Intel's Core i7 920 was a better performer which came out slightly earlier in Nov 2008.The AM2+ 940 BE is right now also is good price per performance CPU and is about $96 right now.
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November 20, 2010 11:11:30 PM

Windows 7 64-Bit

I really dont have kind of money =X I'm a 17 year old and don't have too large a paycheck.

I think it might be the RAM. When Black Ops is running, my physical memory usage is at 96 - 97%
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November 20, 2010 11:15:14 PM

Both Windows 7 and Vista consume large resources as compared to XP 32 bit.
Yes,I would definitely recommend increasing your RAM to 4 GB.
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November 20, 2010 11:24:55 PM

Yeah, like jj463rd said. Win7 sucks up around 1gig to begin with if your lucky.
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November 20, 2010 11:25:57 PM

Alright, time 2 buy more RAM!
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November 20, 2010 11:37:10 PM

I agree with everyone here when. I first read your post I saw you only had 2gb of ram and that seems to be the problem not the cpu, especially when you are only playing it at a low resolution. You'd be amazed how a simple ram upgrade could help a lot.
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November 20, 2010 11:55:34 PM

I just find it so hard to believe times have changed so much. 3 years ago I had 512 MB RAM and an integrated graphics chipset, and I thought a gig of RAM was amazing.

Now 2 GB is already insufficient. Wow.
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November 21, 2010 12:03:50 AM

Well it's insufficient depending upon what you are using your pc for. I mean if you are doing light work, suffering or watching online videos etc. then 2gb of ram is fine. But anything related to a lot of rendering and graphics you need more.
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November 21, 2010 12:08:34 AM

Diamons said:
Windows 7 64-Bit

I really dont have kind of money =X I'm a 17 year old and don't have too large a paycheck.

I think it might be the RAM. When Black Ops is running, my physical memory usage is at 96 - 97%




It is close to X-mas ...perhaps you now have a Christmas list? (if celebrated of course) :bounce: 

1.) New harddrive
2.) extra ram (4 gb total)
3.) New cpu (Phenom II x3 or x4) get an oem, you can buy a good after market cooler for about 25-35 bucks.

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November 21, 2010 12:13:45 AM

I'm going to college next year so what's the point? I guess I could just buy the RAM and hand the computer down to my brother.
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November 21, 2010 12:19:56 AM

I have an ipod touch thanks and I might be getting a laptop free for my scholarship program. Hopefully =]

Thanks though.
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November 21, 2010 12:22:53 AM

Diamons said:
I just find it so hard to believe times have changed so much. 3 years ago I had 512 MB RAM and an integrated graphics chipset, and I thought a gig of RAM was amazing.

Now 2 GB is already insufficient. Wow.

Well you stated that you were 17 years in age.
10 years ago I had an 1 Ghz Athlon system that had 640 mb of RAM in it.
I think that 2 GB of RAM was not unheard of in XP systems even back in 2004 (I certainly had such in my system back then).In 2008 my Quad Core Vista 64 bit system had 8 GB of RAM.4 gigabytes of RAM today in current systems is quite common.Many people have even more.
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November 21, 2010 12:23:34 AM

Frankly hardware aside, have you run cleandisk, defrag and checked what processes are running in the background in order to minimise the CPU being hogged to run other stuff?

This might be causing some of the problems.

I turn off my AV program when gaming.

Also, is your CPU or GPU getting too hot when your gaming? They might be throttling.

Finally, clean up your system registry with a third party registry checker / cleaner.

These things should help ... and won't cost a penny.
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November 21, 2010 12:26:28 AM

Will do that tonight reynod, thank you for the assistance.

@jj463rd wow lol, that's a beast of a rig back in the day. Unfortunately, I was on a Windows 98 with 88 MB of RAM from 1999 - 2005. A 512 MB computer was a huge upgrade for me :]
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November 21, 2010 12:47:28 AM

What the heck, I've never see nthis before.
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November 21, 2010 7:34:22 AM

Diamons said:
What the heck, I've never see nthis before.


Yeah it's a free utility by AMD that can free up system resources when playing games.
It originally came out about 2 years ago.
Be sure to check out that AMD OverDrive Utility too and be sure if your motherboard supports the requirements for it.
It also came out quite a long time ago.

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/amd-overdrive/Pa...

That Fusion Utility alone might make it possible for you to get much better frame rates ( and make it playable) especially if you have low system memory.
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