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New CPU or extra RAM?

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April 10, 2011 11:25:36 AM


I recently bought a new graphics card, but I'm still not getting the desired results that I want in games.
I game a lot and I want to play them on the highest possible settings, in most games that works, but in games like GTA IV I really notice that my CPU or RAM can't handle the game.
My question was: What is bottlenecking my PC, my CPU or my RAM?
Also, please give me some suggestions on what to buy to improve my PC.

My specs:

Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.2GHz (overclocked to 2,9GHz)
ATI Radeon HD 5770
Windows 7 32bit
Resolution: 1366x768

I apologize for my sometimes bad english, its not my native language.

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April 10, 2011 11:56:37 AM

Also I forgot to mention:

500W Power Supply
April 10, 2011 12:24:46 PM

New memory wouldn't hurt but in GTA IV it's the CPU that is really holding you back.

GTA IV is optimized for more than 2 cores. The processor for the majority of games should be fine (on medium settings)
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April 10, 2011 12:29:35 PM

I'm thinking you need both, an fast quad and 2 more gigs of ram.
April 10, 2011 12:57:54 PM

yeah i agree with popatim
you need both
April 10, 2011 1:40:03 PM

Okay, I found 4GB of DDR3 RAM for 40 euros. (about 57 dollars)
I think im going to buy that, since I only have 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard which are already taken by 2 1GB cards.
About the CPU, I really dont know anything about what CPU is good for gaming, so could you please give me some suggestions for good budget CPU's?

Thanks in advance!
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April 10, 2011 2:01:46 PM

^I doubt you can use DDR3 on a DDR2 board.

And on the CPU upgrade, unless you can find a bargain C2Q, then you would be better off getting as new SB/BD(if you can wait) platform.
April 10, 2011 2:17:28 PM

A motherboard usually uses either DDR2 or DDR3 ram,not both.
There ARE some combination boards that can use both, allocating (using) two slots for each type. They only use one type at a time.
Is this the kind of board you have??
If you can upgrade to Sandy Bridge I3 2100 and even an H61 motherboard would be a big change.
Shop used Quad Core CPUs but generally these are still more expensive then the Sandy Bridge.
April 10, 2011 3:45:35 PM

Alright it seems my motherboard doesn't support DDR3.
I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that I'm going to wait with the upgrade. I'm going to save up more money and buy a new motherboard with an awesome processor in the future, along with 4gb DDR3 RAM.

Thanks everyone!