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May 28, 2011 11:34:15 AM

Hi guys

This last week I have upgraded

My monitor to a BenQ EW2420
My Ram from 2gb ddr2 to 4gb
My operating system from Vista 32 to Windows. 7 Home Premium 32
My gfx card from a 9600gt to HD5850

The problem is I am seeing, in laymans, terms no real jump in performance in my PC.

It was not particularly slow in the first instance but wanted better gear for the old motherboard I had in ( in hindsight it probably would have been more cost effective to get a new mobo with newer components I guess but hey ho!)

After posting on the gfx threads it was noted my E2220 CPU was particularly prehistoric and as a result I should consider upgrading it.

I have now bought an E8400 (for around £70 which looked a good deal) to be delivered.

Looking on various sites it seems, for my aging mobo at least, that the E8400 is pretty decent, is that the case?

I was wondering will I see an increase in performance gaming wise? The problem game is online multi-player Bad Company 2 at 1920 x 1080. At 1680 x 1050 it was fine multiplayer with my 9600gt but is really suffering at the higher res.

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May 28, 2011 1:49:15 PM

The E8400 is one of the top rated two-core processors for the 775 chipset.

Bad Company 2 is very demanding on system resources. It will use as many cores/threads your system has available (all 8 of mine) and will even push two GTX 580s to 90s% usage at highest settings available. I based everything in my signature on this game. I spend enough time playing this game that I feel like it's worth it.

I couldn't find any review out there that included the 9600 with Bad Company 2, but with the 5850 and a quad-core you can get an idea of potential performance:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-revie...

This is a 6850 review, but includes other cards in the charts.
May 29, 2011 12:23:09 AM

I have one of my systems curently runing the E8400 on a Gigybite board OC'd to 3.6 on air and it hasen't had a problem for several years. I still use it for some games and for running CS5. Admittedly, using an SSD would help CS5 load faster, but the E8400 has no problem handling it. It is also a great OCing chip.
May 29, 2011 12:23:52 AM

I have one of my systems curently runing the E8400 on a Gigybite board OC'd to 3.6 on air and it hasen't had a problem for several years. I still use it for some games and for running CS5. Admittedly, using an SSD would help CS5 load faster, but the E8400 has no problem handling it. It is also a great OCing chip.
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