Budget Gaming Intel CPU

Hello EveryOne,

Currently I have Intel Dual E2160 1.8Ghz, Asus P5K-VM MoBo and Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB and 3GB Kingstom 667bus Ram ... Gaming is not going good bocoz in my openion processor is weak for new games.. like I played crysis 2 @ High Setting with 1024x768 and I was getting around 25-30fps.

Well I am not hardcore gamer.. but sometime I like to play games like GTA IV, Call of Juarez the cartel Mafia II.. For these games I want a good flow of gaming as it should be for GTS 450...

So Kindly Recommand me a budget gaming Intel CPU.. I will buy used processor... My budget for CPU is $60 MAX... or I can add few If you think for better processer that crossed over 60$ +...

P.S: Sorry for my Bad English....

Thanks,
ArfarsH
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  1. Intel Pentium Dual E5700 is just what you are looking for at $66 and about twice as fast as your 2160

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116381

    BTW a GTS450 is not meant to play Crysis 2 on high at any res...
  2. thanks for the quick response..

    Well what will be the best combination of CPU withGTS 450.. At least provide full performance..

    as you said E5700 is far twice as compared to my processor...

    What do you think E5700 with GTS 450 is the best option?? or should I find a good combo atleast to play GTA IV , MAFIA 2, Call Of Juarez The cartell on HIgh with 1024x768 Settings?
  3. Right now the best performance for your $ would be a GTX 460 1GB or HD 6850; either will about double your FPS (assuming your other components are up to the task) BUT will draw 2x the power. NEED a 500W name brand or 680W off-brand to power it.

    edit: typos
  4. but if I upgrade GPU GTX460 ?? then wat about e2160 processor?
    Is there any need to change the CPU ?
  5. BlacKHawK3 said:
    Right now the best performance for your $ would be a GTX 460 1GB or HD 6850; either will about double your FPS (assuming your other components are up to the task) BUT will draw 2x the power. NEED a 500W name brand or 680W off-brand to power it.

    edit: typos

    HECK NO! You can power a hd6850 or GTX 460 with a 430w quality PSU! Also, his COU and RAM would not be up to date to run those parts....
  6. arfarsh said:
    but if I upgrade GPU GTX460 ?? then wat about e2160 processor?
    Is there any need to change the CPU ?

    Yes, your CPU is old and a non-gaming CPU. If you must upgrade and not wait to get a new machine with SLied GTS 450s, grab that CPU and wait till you can grab another 1gb RAM.
  7. BlacKHawK3 said:
    Right now the best performance for your $ would be a GTX 460 1GB or HD 6850; either will about double your FPS (assuming your other components are up to the task) BUT will draw 2x the power. NEED a 500W name brand or 680W off-brand to power it.

    edit: typos

    Also, the GTX 460 and hd6850 are nto twice the performance, I don't know what hat you pulled that from.....
  8. so what processor should I buy as Black Hawk recommand me to get e5700 .. its under my budget.. but what do you think ? Should I but e5700 or something else? but it should me near my budget.. approx 100$ MAX ...
  9. E4700 is very old processor.. I don't think its a good upgrade ..
  10. arfarsh said:
    E4700 is very old processor.. I don't think its a good upgrade ..

    So is any processor that would fit in your board...... :lol:
  11. Yes, definitively upgrade the CPU

    HostileDonut said:
    HECK NO! You can power a hd6850 or GTX 460 with a 430w quality PSU! Also, his COU and RAM would not be up to date to run those parts....


    Quality being the key word... and depending on the rest of the system...

    HostileDonut said:
    Also, the GTX 460 and hd6850 are nto twice the performance, I don't know what hat you pulled that from.....


    I meant for a E5700 and 460 1GB SSC over the E2160 and 450; at 1280x1024 just the faster CPU may be enough for a serious framerate improvement.


    and the e5700 is older but far better than a E2160
  12. HostileDonut said:
    Yes, your CPU is old and a non-gaming CPU. If you must upgrade and not wait to get a new machine with SLied GTS 450s, grab that CPU and wait till you can grab another 1gb RAM.


    SLi 450's is another excellent option but again it will require power... what PSU are you running?

    +1 on the RAM as well
  13. I have Branded 400w PSU
  14. arfarsh said:
    I have Branded 400w PSU

    You would need a new PSU to run SLi or even a GXT 460. I have never heard of "branded" which means it is probably low quality.
  15. arfarsh said:
    I have Branded 400w PSU


    I'm thinking that's not going to power a GTX460 (or SLi, but your motherboard won't support SLi anyway)

    Your best bet for now is to get the E5700 (or a E6800 if you want to go for a $100 CPU, its about 15% better), and keep the 450, and you will be able to handle most games at medium-high setting and lower-medium resolutions for awhile.

    When you get the money, upgrade your PSU to a 550W Corsair and get a stronger video card (560 or 6950) , and you will be able to handle most games at higher to maxed settings and medium-high resolutions for a year or two.

    After a couple years the LGA775 socket and DDR2 memory won't have many viable upgrade options and you will need a new system (or very thorough overhaul) to play at max settings and high resolutions.
  16. Thank you Very much for the information ..
  17. BlacKHawK3 said:
    I'm thinking that's not going to power a GTX460 (or SLi, but your motherboard won't support SLi anyway)

    Your best bet for now is to get the E5700 (or a E6800 if you want to go for a $100 CPU, its about 15% better), and keep the 450, and you will be able to handle most games at medium-high setting and lower-medium resolutions for awhile.

    When you get the money, upgrade your PSU to a 550W Corsair and get a stronger video card (560 or 6950) , and you will be able to handle most games at higher to maxed settings and medium-high resolutions for a year or two.

    After a couple years the LGA775 socket and DDR2 memory won't have many viable upgrade options and you will need a new system (or very thorough overhaul) to play at max settings and high resolutions.

    Well, I dual core like that and 3gb RAM even with all that GPU power won't handle games maxed for anywhere close to 2 years. They are all getting outdated. If he had a quad core, then he might be able to.
  18. Well maxed out at 1080p, no... high-ish settings, lower resolutions, yes.

    I agree that most games prefer a slightly slower quad over a dual now...

    But since a Athlon II X2 250 can max BF3 beta @1920x1200 and give 42 FPS then the E5700 (~17% faster) or E6800 (~35% faster) will do for awhile yet .
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