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What's my bottleneck?

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August 17, 2011 10:35:16 PM

I'm not at home or on my computer so I can't link a dxdiag link or anything, but, I can post some general info about my computer.

I'd like to know what's bottle-necking my computer the most.

I play BF2 and WoW.

CPU: e6600 (I think) 2.4ghz quad core
GPU: gtx465
RAM: 4gigs ddr3 1333mhz
HDD: 1tb 7200rpm maxxtor

Is there anything I can upgrade for cheap or anything that NEEDS to be upgraded?

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August 18, 2011 12:52:02 AM

Your system is pretty well balanced, though your CPU may not be able to keep up in some instances. This is more the games' fault in not being optimized, rather than the CPU not being powerful. Can you overclock? Also, I'm basing the above on you having a Q6600(quad-core), not an e6600(dual-core), though neither WoW nor BF2 would run that differently on the quad vs the duo. Can you find out for sure which one you have?
August 18, 2011 12:58:18 AM

It's the Q I'm sorry. And I have 8 gigs ddr3 not 4. I don't know how to oc my CPU
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August 18, 2011 1:19:20 AM

Do you have an aftermarket cooler? That's the big hurdle. If you have adequate cooling for it, then following a guide for a decent OC is easy.
August 18, 2011 3:25:51 PM

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August 18, 2011 3:27:44 PM

Aftermarket cooler for the CPU? Or for the whole system?

I have an aftermarket heatsink/fan that's pretty nice, on the CPU. (How often should I replace that grey goo you spread on the top of the cpu?)
August 18, 2011 6:29:04 PM

double post sorry
August 18, 2011 7:06:38 PM

You don't need to replace the thermal interface material (TIM) ever if you put it on right the first time. If you have a good HSF, then you should be able to start overclocking. Make sure you're monitoring your temps during stress tests and that you know for sure what the thermal junction max is for the Q6600. From what I've seen, you should be able to hit 3.0 GHz without too much problem.
August 18, 2011 7:22:15 PM

Great, thanks Cuecuemore!
Is it possible to get a link to, or maybe you can describe how to OC this CPU.

I've read some guides but they were very long and I got lost.
August 18, 2011 11:55:50 PM

both games he listed are quad core optimized so a little overclock will do a lot
August 19, 2011 12:43:29 AM

Ah yes, WoW is quad-core optimized now. It wasn't last time I checked, quite some time ago. And I was just guessing about BF2, since it was such an old game, but EA is good about those things. So I stand VERY corrected. But the principle is still there, an overclock will help you out a great deal.
August 19, 2011 3:22:53 PM

Great thank you guys for the help
January 27, 2012 12:48:28 PM

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