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Upgrading from core 2 duo to core 2 quad for 2011 gaming

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May 29, 2011 2:01:30 PM

hello guys
mobo: GA-945GCM-S2L
current spec: C2D E4500, RAM 2GB DDR2, ATI HD 4670 1GB DDR3, Win 7 32bit, PSU:460W
i hav tight budget and dont want 2 spend more 2 buy a new CPU so i wanted 2 upgrade this 1 that im having right now..currently im playin witcher 2 (all at lowest setting) and i found out the game push my CPU usage 100% (meaning game performed badly)...i tried playin dragon age 2 and even at highest setting, CPU usage still lower than 90%(meaning game performed well)..my question is:

1.does my mobo support C2Q e.g: Q8300 and if it support will it improve my overall gaming added with 2 more GB RAM or

2.do i only nid 2 change my graphic card but then i have 2 change my PSU for better ones..but will ATI HD 5770 enough for my current PSU?

3. do i hav 2 buy new CPU and start saving money?? :'( 


May 29, 2011 2:23:42 PM

current PSU:Cooler Master extreme Power Plus 460W...
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May 30, 2011 3:15:31 AM

if you really wanted to upgrade with your current motherboard i would suggest looking on ebay for a cheap q6600 and overclock it to 3ghz+. Other than that it is not worth it.
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May 30, 2011 9:40:04 AM

i used this as reference: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
i dont understand why upgrading my processor to Q8300 not worth it..it listed in high end cpus..my current CPU score only 1275 but Q8300 is 3555..is it still not powerful enough for gaming?
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May 30, 2011 3:00:12 PM

If you are on a limited budget, then just upgrade your video card.

While upgrading the CPU will help, the video card will be the primary source of game performance improvement. Based on the following link, your mobo does not support quad core CPUs anyway...

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

Also, your mobo is pretty old and it has a PCI-e v1.0 slot. Do not buy a PCI-e v2.1 video card since there are issues with a PCI-e v2.1 card in a PCI-e v1.x slot. A PCI-e v2.0 will work fine though, but they are quickly disappearing (at least when it comes to Radeons).

Here's an example of a PCI-e v2.0 HD 5770, but it is out of stock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here's an example of a PCI-e v2.1 HD 5770, but you will likely have issues with your mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Stay away from the Radeon 6xxx series since they are all PCI-e v2.1 video cards.



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June 2, 2011 5:26:25 PM

you should start saving for a new pc, there are lots of cpu out there now that can play games and still will not cause alot.
upgrading video card would not be enough, because you also have to upgrade your psu, you almost spend half of a whole pc, so no point at all.
upgrading cpu could be better but not a big factor to play games. spend for a new one. worth it, it ill serve you better for more years.
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June 9, 2011 12:48:35 PM

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June 9, 2011 12:49:28 PM

i bought a new cheap AMD desktop n currently im quite satisfied..thanx guys for all the answers :D 
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