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September 14, 2010 3:40:59 PM

I recently got this system for $200 and thought it were a pretty good deal.

ASUS Crosshair motherboard (590sli - older chipset but supports phenoms)
4GB Corsair xms2 ddr2-800
athlon x2 5200+ windsor 90nm o/c'd to 3.1ghz
550w mushkin sli capable power supply
32gb pqi ssd

I also recently bought a gtx460 768mb open box for $142 shipped on newegg

I'm coming from
c2q q600 @ 3.0ghz
4gb curcial ballistix

since then my 3dmark06 scores have gone down about 2500ish points, and my games are performing like crapola. I know this cpu is bottlenecking me a lot, but I shouldn't be dipping down into the teens in L4D2 regardless of settings. I haven't had an AMD system since my athlon 64 3500+ single core back in like 03 or 04, but I know the athlon x2's aren't this slow.

My idea was to buy the $75 open box phenom BE 9850 @ 2.5 and overclock it to 3.0. It'll still be slow than my q6600, but with selling my old system, and buying this one on the cheap I will end up having a phenom oc'd to 3.0, same specs everything else, but a gtx460 rather than the 4850.

Just Cause 2 is barely playable on any settings, l4d2 dips inot the teens and 20's, mafia 2 was practically unplayable. I've ran hw test after hw test, stress test after stress test, should I bother upgrading the cpu here, or is there someone else off here?

yes I've reinstalled 3 times before anyone asks.
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September 14, 2010 4:01:51 PM

tiger131 said:
I recently got this system for $200 and thought it were a pretty good deal.

athlon x2 5200+ windsor 90nm o/c'd to 3.1ghz

I'm coming from
c2q q600 @ 3.0ghz

... should I bother upgrading the cpu here, or is there someone else off here?
I hope this is a joke, right? Or I actually hope I'm reading this wrong.

You seriously went from a Q6600 to an Athlon 5200? Please tell me it ain't so!!!

Here's the deal - If you've still got your Q6600 system, keep it. It'll rape this stupid Athlon thingy anyday. With the new Video card that you've got, it'll be a really good system for gaming & you won't have to worry 'bout upgrading any time soon. If however you do wanna upgrade the processor, get a Quad listed on this page that suits your budget.
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September 14, 2010 4:35:54 PM

The q6600 is a far better CPU than an Athlon 64 or old Phenom 9850. A Phenom II 955/965 in an AM3 motherboard might be a reasonable choice, but what you are talking about is going backwards.

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September 14, 2010 5:36:03 PM

Cool, thanks for answering my question!

I realize this is a step back....
The point is I bought this system b/c it had a case I really wanted, better cooler, and I ended up making a few hundred on the deal in the end. Looking at gaming specs, the phenom i is only 5-7% slower on avg compared to the q6600 at comparable clockspeeds. So, with the money saved, I was planning on buying a phenom be 9850 for $75, and i already bought the gtx460 768mb for under $150, and I still put another $50 in my pocket.

With the slightly slower processor but a GPU that's far more capable, I should be able to game at 1920x1440 in most games other than like Just Cause 2 which wasn't available with the 4850 other than reducing quality settings or on older/less intense games like left 4 dead. I don't however want to buy a cpu if I'm looking at other issues like a motherboard issue or memory issues. Plus like I said, there were some components I really wanted in this other system which were worth it as well.

I'm not upgrading chipset until I can just go all out for an lg 1156, which just isn't in my budget right now.
September 14, 2010 6:07:43 PM

And to add there isn't much of an upgrade path for my lga775 setup - I could get a better proc with more cache and faster overclock, but for another $200? meh - better off putting that towards a new build. Overall my main goal is just to get as many FPS in games as I can, and a slower proc (even 10% slower) but a much faster videocard (on avg 25-50% faster) should easily make up, and should kill my old system especially at higher resolutions. Most procs are fast enough now a days where OS use is pretty much instant.
September 16, 2010 8:13:23 PM

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September 16, 2010 8:23:31 PM

Why the bump? I dont see anything in your last two posts asking for a response.