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January 11, 2012 7:32:13 PM

i am looking for a new processor to replace my E6700 3.2 ghz dual core socket 775

i would like something that can play runescape on max detail and still hit 50 fps most of the time (it needs to be either faster per core or just overclock nicely my current processor can take a 20% overclock quite nicely (and i did for a time have it at about 3.95 ghz safely but i decided to not be a prat :pt1cable:  ) with temps staying at about 72-74 degrees (75 is what intel say is the alarm point but im sure they lie about that its probably about 80-85) its currently at 15% due to my new graphics card as it messed up airflows and the cpu started to get a bit hotter it now goes up to about 72 degrees after a few hours of p95)
my current fan btw is this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-Intel-Socket-Heats...
(i am looking to get a corsair H60 if anyone can find a place that beats amazons price (english) then that would be useful ^.^)

i would also like something that could allow more use of the graphics card (according to my friend who i brought it off the processor is bottlenecking the card) the card is i think an MSI GTX 275 twin frozr (altho i am having some problems with drivers crashing after upgrading to windows 7 ultimate 64 bit)

failing a socket 775 processor a cheap (my budget is limited!) socket 1155 motherboard that supports overclocking (cause im an idiot who likes to push things :D ) and a processor to go with it (not too expensive but not the low end crap for this bit something nice and in the middle ^.-)

my psu is 750 watt so i doubt there should be any problems there <.<

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January 11, 2012 8:00:05 PM

The socket 775 processors and boad have been discontinued for some time now. So I would advise that you look into our 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. For a board I would look at the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 which is a very nice board that will support some overclocking at a very nice price point. Now for the processor, I would have to say if you can possible go with it the Intel Core i5-2500K is just about the best processor that you can get your hands on for gaming and at $220 from Newegg or Amazon it does have a very nice price point. If this is to rich for your budget you might step down to the Intel Core i3-2100 which is a nice dual core processor doesnt overclock.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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January 11, 2012 8:16:24 PM

72 degrees is high :o , and that CPU cooler isn't so great. As for your video card a GTX 275 is pretty decent though it doesn't have much effect in a java based game like rune scape. Upgrading windows is always problematic and it's best to do a clean install. If you can't, then uninstall your current drivers, run driver sweeper, and install new drivers.

Newegg is a better place to get parts. What's your budget? What is your current PSU and Motherboard exactly?
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January 11, 2012 8:40:57 PM

With the new 2011 socket and the extreme 1156 socket, I think 1155 would put you at a good point to run most games at pretty much maxed out and the Intel second generation of CPU's can handle anything you throw at them and aren't extremely expensive if you look at the current market trends and the new technology coming out. Everything should be lowered in price steadily. For starters, I recommend either AsRock or Gigabyte for motherboards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Since I last checked, there aren't many 1155 socket motherboards pushing $200. Z68 is a good, reliable, and flexible platform that doesn't have all of the problems that the P67 platform does. However, I checked on Newegg and they seem to have worse reviews but aren't getting really any lower than 4 stars. They are fine for the average enthusiast, because you can support up to 2133 speed RAM, they give you the standard 4 DIMM slots, and Gigabyte gives you a whole array of number of PCI slots. You don't seem to be looking for SLI or Crossfire, which is fine because it's not really necessary at the time being. Pretty sufficient room for the CPU cooler I am going to recommend, but you will have to double check to make sure.

For an AMD option, the 990fx series motherboards are a good option for mounting the AM3 and AM3+ cpus. Not too expensive, usually ranging from sub 100 to about $200. This one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... are some good ones to consider due to the complaints mainly just being DOA. A little less room for CPU cooler but that should still be okay for the CPU cooler I am going to recommend. Since CrossfireX is not what you are probably going to be aiming for, the space between the PCI slots shouldn't be an issue even if you were going to run Crossfire.

For the CPU, I highly recommend the Intel Second generation i series CPU's. If you had an ok experience with the 775 socket and E series CPU you should be okay. The unlocked core i5 is very good and is generally recommended for gaming. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I will add something about an AMD option that will definitely be cheaper, as I am still unsure about your budget frame on your build. 2500k will definitely suit your overclocking needs well, and the motherboard will definitely support it. You should be able to push 3.9 GHz easy.

For an AMD option, I think that this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a good option. 6 cores for such a low price is a bargain, and overclocking should be fairly easy. However, since I think it's out of stock right now, this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is one of the new CPU's that AMD released and its easy to get up to 4.0 on stock air cooling. I would stick with this one unless you have the money, and even then, I would focus it a little more on the video card.

The CPU cooler that is probably one of the most popular for the second generation Intel i series processors is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... You could also consider this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Probably not too big but again, you might have to check. Reviews have said they are great for overclocking, and if you do happen to go with an AMD based upgrade/build, then the second one will suit you fine.

If I understand correctly, I think that you want to upgrade your video card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This is a pretty good upgrade for sub $200, but if you want to go over $200, definitely choose one of the MSI cards. They have excellent cooling and are overall very well rounded with overclocking and power. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For an AMD option, I think the 6000 series are perfect. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a good video card that has decent cooling, and even a Toms Hardware Approval or something like that, but is a little big. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is again one by my favorite brands, and seems good with MSI's renowned cooling of their cards. Pushing $300 a bit, but again, you can always go down a bit.

I hope that I've helped you a bit and everything you decide to get should about to about $900 if you max it out. You can probably get it to $600, and it will still run Runescape fine. Thanks!
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January 11, 2012 9:14:55 PM

nothing can play runescape with 50 fps.

its physically impossible.
January 12, 2012 7:33:23 AM

^ only if you use AA but i dont see any point in it unless you want lower frame rates (its supposed to smooth out edges but i dont see any difference :/ )

and i should have said this but i live in england and its quite expensive to buy from newegg :( 

my motherboard is http://www.therealcomputershop.com/INU_Products/INU_Pro...

psu is this one (i built this pc cheap to a very limited budget and i only now am looking for an upgrade so dont kill me >_< and if i do get a new mobo and cpu i can just put what i got in my scrap box and get rid of the slightly broken ex HP asterope 2 motherboard - it keeps asking for a case fan and it was, in a past build, thrown down stairs and stamped on (the case got bent the case and cpu fan broke but it still worked after replacing cpu fan)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alpine-750Watt-PSU-120mm-Retail...
if it dies within two years i can get it replaced or get a refund (i didnt buy it from amazon i brought it from a local shop) i will most likely ask for a refund and buy something better
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January 12, 2012 7:40:38 AM

my cpu and gpu don't go over 30% ussage and the fps averages at 25 dropping as low as 15. The game is coded horribly and I really doubt you can run it at constant 50 fps because I tried the game on my friend's computer with an i5 2500k and 560 ti and it ran the same.
January 12, 2012 7:50:41 AM

2434835,3,350509 said:
72 degrees is high :o , and that CPU cooler isn't so great. As for your video card a GTX 275 is pretty decent though it doesn't have much effect in a java based game like rune scape. Upgrading windows is always problematic and it's best to do a clean install. If you can't, then uninstall your current drivers, run driver sweeper, and install new drivers.quotemsg]

no graphics card makes much difference (you will see a slight performance change if you use an onboard card if you are using windows aero)
it has windows 7 64 bit and i have re-isntalled it yesterday (and managed to install sp1 this time) i have yet to see if it fixed my driver problem tho

it only hits 72 if i hit it with p95 nothing else gets it that high not even a few hours of wow on ultra (yes :o  this cheap ass £230 build plays wow on ultra :sol:  i just need a memory stick for windows ready boost to get rid of the lagg when im moving fast)

@esrever you need the processor to be fast in one core (idk try disableing all but two cores and oc them to the max then have a look ^.- also put all processes you can onto the second core so runescape has most of the first core to play with) and dont put AA on as it dosent appear to do much :/  btw roumor has it that jagex are looking to implement multi core support and if they do i might just about start seeing 50 fps everywhere :D  (i get 50 in all but the busy areas like grand exchange that bank south of the ge etc)
January 15, 2012 2:29:31 PM

ok i decided to save up a load of money from what i get from zenos and make a propper rig instead of going cheap and cheerful

someone lock this i will probably ask for advice when i start buying the parts for the new rig
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