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December 12, 2010 11:53:06 AM

Well i have a friend with a very old computer. It has a Intel E4300 duo core 1.8 processor which is slow....... And recently upgraded to a ATI 6850. But why does Gameplay on that com still run slowly? I heard that mostly games rely on the graphics card now.But when i used that computer.It enters COD 4 with fps like 1. Then spikes for awhile and then runs fine. Is there anyway to solve such spike?

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December 12, 2010 12:05:42 PM

These are minimum specs for cod4 http://www.yougamers.com/news/12705_call_of_duty_4_syst...
so performance is likely to be on the pitiful side, and that 6850 is going to be severely bottlenecked so you/he wont see the performance increase it should bring
list his mobo and we can try to find a processor upgrade maybe, but a new build is more likely imo
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December 12, 2010 12:06:08 PM

Yes your cpu is your problem, it's a bit weak. Your video card is great but it needs a good cpu to work optimally.
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December 12, 2010 12:16:18 PM

Yeah hes planning to for a new built after the sandy bridge and More GPUs released next year.But for now will it also spike in certain games like MW 2 or MOH? Btw does resolution affect the spike?B4 getting the 6850 he was running at a VERY low resolution with not much spike. But now at HD resolution.
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December 12, 2010 12:31:39 PM

It's an old chip so he probably wont mind some overclocking. It's safe done correctly and will buy him some time until the upgrade. If his board allows it, clock that chip to around 2.6 to 3.0ghz.
December 12, 2010 12:40:36 PM

sadly OC cant be done in Bios. The CPU temp is already at 50 degree idie. 60 plus full load. So a New CPU cooler is needed. But then again a Good CPU cooler is almost the price of a New INTEL LGA 775 Duo core Processor 2.8
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December 12, 2010 12:43:51 PM

How about selling the old board and buying one on e-bay? should be a pretty cheap solution. You can always grab a used heatsink as well that you can carry over to the new build.
December 12, 2010 12:48:30 PM

sportsfanboy said:
How about selling the old board and buying one on e-bay? should be a pretty cheap solution. You can always grab a used heatsink as well that you can carry over to the new build.

lol the board is super old would anyone still want it?
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December 12, 2010 12:50:25 PM

Well I could sell pocket lint on ebay, you would be surprised. I sold a 4 year old 160gb hard drive not too long ago for 20 less than I could buy a new one for.
December 12, 2010 12:54:44 PM

sportsfanboy said:
Well I could sell pocket lint on ebay, you would be surprised. I sold a 4 year old 160gb hard drive not too long ago for 20 less than I could buy a new one for.

I see.That i would have to ask my friend. But if, no hardware parts are changed. Will settings like playing at a Lower resolution with no AA and AF Help reduce in spike too?

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December 12, 2010 1:05:42 PM
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Lowering the settings in general will help, and turning physics down or off in game.
December 12, 2010 9:29:46 PM

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December 12, 2010 9:40:03 PM

If you want to OC the E4300 without modifying the BIOS, there's a pin mod for FSB and for voltage.
1 for 266 MHZ FSB = 2.4Ghz and 1 for 333 MHZ FSB = 3.0Ghz.
This way you can OC the cpu if you can't change the settings in the BIOS.
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December 12, 2010 9:41:06 PM

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