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CPU upgrade or system upgrade?

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March 24, 2011 6:22:50 AM

I am wondering what would be more worth my time and money when upgrading my computer for gaming. First would upgrading my hard drive give me any better performance in loading and frame rate? it gets a 5.4 on Windows Experience. Then I got an Intel dual core E6850 and I was wondering if getting a core 2 quad Q8400 would be good for gaming for at least a year (overclocked to at least 3ghz), it is going for about $170 on newegg. Or would getting this build be more worth the extra cash for gaming for maybe the next 2-3 years. Mobo - MSI P67A-C43, CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz, RAM - G.Skill DDR3 1333 4gb. Thats about $360, and I really would not want to spend that much right now.

My current setup:
Asus P5n-e sli
4gb gskill ddr2 800
intel core 2 duo E6850 @ 3ghz
coolermaster 750 watt psu
evga gtx 460 1gb

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March 24, 2011 7:24:40 AM

Just stick to your build for some more time.. Atleast till the AMD Bulldozer units get launched.. Going for that Sandy Bridge setup will surely give you instant performance benefits though..
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March 24, 2011 8:46:04 PM

I will look into the new harddrive but I was wondering why I wouldn't need a CPU upgrade because my main thought of upgrading the CPU was because black ops played like garbage even on lowest settings
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March 25, 2011 2:07:36 AM

kratom420 said:
I will look into the new harddrive but I was wondering why I wouldn't need a CPU upgrade because my main thought of upgrading the CPU was because black ops played like garbage even on lowest settings


That's strange.. Coz I finished Black Ops comfortably with an E6750 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz) and a HD 4870 1GB..
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March 25, 2011 3:24:27 AM

Just save until you can go SB (at least a 2500k for OC-ing). That will solve all of your problems....
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March 25, 2011 5:49:19 AM

So I have tried again for the first time a months to play black ops, and it still disappoints. I get an average fps of like 30 and lower and sometimes drops to the single digits when I'm doing something important like AIMING! But would the better hard drive and overclocking of my CPU (i would need to get a new heat sink, running stock) could i then probably get awesome smooth frame rate consistently?
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