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February 17, 2011 3:51:08 AM

What should I upgrade to get the most FPS out of Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and Crysis 2? Need to be under $240
I was thinking of upgrading the CPU to the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition or upgrading the GPU to the XFX HD 6870 Black Edition
My pc components:

PSI CyborgX Gaming Case - Black /w Blue Light(looks cool)

Windows 7 64 bit

AMD Athlon™ II X4 635 Quad-Core CPU

Diamond HD 5830 825/1050 link:
http://www.diamondmm.com/5830PE51G.php

500GB Hard Drive 7200rpm

4 GB DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module

Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator

Motherboard ASUS M4A785-M AMD 785G

700 Watt -- Power Supply - SLI Ready. I play the my games at Full HD
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February 17, 2011 4:18:17 AM

upgrade your video card first. crysis and warhead won't utilize the extra cores on the 6-core Phenom II plus its not even a good gaming CPU since the phenom II x4 give you the same FPS in virtually every game.
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February 17, 2011 5:18:17 AM

I tend to agree. You will probably see more benefit from a video card upgrade, although the Athlon will bottleneck some high-end cards. A 6870 should slot nicely into your system though.
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February 17, 2011 2:33:18 PM

GTX 650Ti 1GB gets my vote over the 6870. You can overclock the hell out of it and it runs very cool even when OC'd. I have mine @ 950/4444 and stock is 822/4008 and i have not seen the temps go past 71 celcius
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February 17, 2011 2:35:49 PM

That CPU is ok. I'd get a new GPU and maybe overclock the CPU (probably will need an aftermarket heat sink)
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February 17, 2011 9:28:17 PM

Play at 1080p(Full HD whatever you want to call it)

Is the any better video cards that beat the XFX HD 6870 Black Edition(still under $240)
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February 17, 2011 10:36:52 PM

all crysis are gpu depended. definitely get a new vga. nvidia gtx 560 ti or ati 6950 will be sweet.

no need for more than 4 cores. OC your cpu a little, and you're good to go.
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February 17, 2011 10:46:59 PM

i agree, heres a decent graphic card and cpu after market cooler for cheap :D ,

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

its 160 around with mail in rebate its a 6850 :D 

and 30$ for the cooler

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

its a coolermaster hyper212+ cooler, quite good for 30 $

so basically its 200$ upgrade for nice performance in games, :D 

of course it isnt a 350$ graphic card but for crysis and new games should be good enought for u :D 
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February 17, 2011 11:16:33 PM

Subastece5800 had a good point there, the HD 5870 does better than the 6870(plus it's cheaper) but will it still be better in the future or will the HD 6870 surpass it(due to the driver updates.

Psycosaysdie I do agree that the HD 5830 is a good card but there are certain games that give me incredible lag even when set to lower settings, I found out it was due to the card:( 
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February 17, 2011 11:22:50 PM

nope. the 5830 is over overpriced, the 5770 is cheaper and does quite well, and yes the 6870 is little more price than the 6850, but honestly, the price is a bit more, and for 200$ u cant go wrong with what i suggested
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February 17, 2011 11:32:05 PM

OK if you upgrade anything it would be the processor and motherboard since really the Athlon will not handle a faster GPU than what you already have.

Can you tell us why you feel you need an upgrade and maybe we can help you better decide what you need.
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February 17, 2011 11:35:27 PM

say hello has reason, even overclocked ur cpu will be ur bottlekneck, and u wont benefit fully from a new powerful graphic card if u dont upgrade ur cpu as well,

the amd 6 cores are quite fine, since u already have am3 mobo :) 
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February 18, 2011 12:36:03 AM

saaiello said:
OK if you upgrade anything it would be the processor and motherboard since really the Athlon will not handle a faster GPU than what you already have.

Can you tell us why you feel you need an upgrade and maybe we can help you better decide what you need.




What I'm trying to do is get Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis 2, Battlefield bad company 2(when in an intense battle),split second to have no lag at all.
When playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 the FPS drop from 50 to 18fps. Split/Second stays at 23fps to 1FPS!!! And I'm trying to get all the Crysis games to go at least above 30 FPS>

All under $240 but if I can't what should I do first to get the most FPS. What are the list that I should upgrade first then second,third,ect...

What do you guys think is the best option.
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February 18, 2011 1:04:08 AM

What I'm trying to do is get Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis 2, Battlefield bad company 2(when in an intense battle),split second to have no lag at all.
When playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 the FPS drop from 50 to 18fps. Split/Second stays at 23fps to 1FPS!!! And I'm trying to get all the Crysis games to go at least above 30 FPS>

All under $240 but if I can't what should I do first to get the most FPS. What are the list that I should upgrade first then second,third,ect...

What do you guys think is the best option.
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February 18, 2011 2:46:04 AM

Right now I'd start with overclocking before making any new purchases. Definitely try getting a heat sink and getting that CPU up, it would probably help to smooth out those drops. And GPU overclocking is pretty easy, definitely worth while.
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February 18, 2011 4:48:07 AM

Suckitupnancy said:

What I'm trying to do is get Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis 2, Battlefield bad company 2(when in an intense battle),split second to have no lag at all.
When playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 the FPS drop from 50 to 18fps. Split/Second stays at 23fps to 1FPS!!! And I'm trying to get all the Crysis games to go at least above 30 FPS>

Psycosaysdie I do agree that the HD 5830 is a good card but there are certain games that give me incredible lag even when set to lower settings, I found out it was due to the card:( 


The card should be powerful enough to keep steady fps. The lags are not normal and probably due to driver issues or overheating. Reinstall your drivers and try to monitor the temperatures of the video card during actual game play and correlate it with any lags you experience.

But admittedly, the HD5830 will not deliver you great fps at 1920x1080. But if indeed there is driver or temperature issue that you can fix, then at least you can have a more enjoyable game play while waiting for your upgrade. After all, the HD5830 already gives ~32fps at 1920x1200 according to john's link. Considering that you only play at 1920x1080 and not 1920x1200, you should get a little more fps. A small overclock should boost it up further...
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February 18, 2011 4:49:10 PM

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