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Intel E8500 + nVidia 9500 GT 1GB + 2GB RAM DDR2 ?

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June 15, 2011 10:50:59 PM

Hello,
Is this : Intel E8500 + nVidia 9500 GT 1GB + 2GB RAM DDR2 gonna be a good gaming system? I have all of the above except the CPU, and I'm thinking of buying it (Intel E8500 Core 2 Duo), I wonder if the whole system would be able to run today's new games, like NFS:Shift 2, GTA 4, All Points Bulletin, etc.
Will it ?

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a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2011 10:54:42 PM

No. I bet my 5200+8600GT can beat your proposed setup.
If you want a cheap gaming system that easy to set-up, sell the RAM+GPU and get a llano quad. Of corse, Athlon IIs + HD55/56/65/66 would work the same also.
Anonymous
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June 15, 2011 10:56:27 PM

So, what WOULD be the best CPU I could get on the system I currently have? Because right now, I can only afford a CPU.. Later, a better GPU.
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a b Î Nvidia
June 15, 2011 11:13:52 PM

Depending on what games you play, an E5X00 or 6X00 would be "just right".
I would really advise just to save up and get everything new. Upgrading one-by-one tends up to cost more than one bulk purchase. Besides, a llano chips is ~$100 anyways probably.
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a b Î Nvidia
June 16, 2011 3:32:07 AM

did you already buy the motherboard? if not, you should not bew buying anything socket 775 as its old and expensive to upgrade. the main issue is the graphics card sucks big time.
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June 16, 2011 4:02:43 AM

If I already had a mediocre Core2 system that I wanted to squeeze a little more life out of for as little money as possible, I'd put one of the "crippled" Wolfdales (E6500 or E7500) in it instead of an E8500. Both will generally overclock past 4 GHz. And you will save a fair amount of money.

And if your motherboard doesn't overclock, the stock speed of both is 2.93 GHz.
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