Compatibility Issue - GTX 550ti , Intel E8400 CPU

Question:

Can anyone please tell they would foresee any compatibility issues with this CPU & GPU Configuration.....

Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo
Nvidia Geforce GTX 550ti
750w Power Supply
Nforce 680i SLI Mother Board
SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer


This is an Alienware System I bought Spring 2008 and the Nivida 8800gt recently crashed and I replaced it with GTX 550ti.

BFBC2 Plays extremely well, but when I play Battlefield 2 it crashes to desktop sometimes 4 to 5 times an hour.

I play at 1920x1200 on a HNC 254i 25" Monitor FYI. (Default display settings after graphic drivers were installed)


I know I should upgrade the entire system to a Quad Core but I'm trying to avoid spending the money. (i.e. Wife) lol

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
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  1. I don't see any compatability issues.

    Did you download the latest drivers from Nvidia?

    Have you updated BF2?
  2. Yes, I downloaded the newest Vid Drivers from Nvidias website that had a release date of 8/11.

    BF2 is running the latest patch 1.5

    I was worried about bottlenecking being the issue, but BF:BC2 ran just fine. It's weird......
  3. tswift said:
    Yes, I downloaded the newest Vid Drivers from Nvidias website that had a release date of 8/11.

    BF2 is running the latest patch 1.5

    I was worried about bottlenecking being the issue, but BF:BC2 ran just fine. It's weird......

    There is no 'bottleneck' :pfff: ,I've had a pair of GTX560Ti's running in SLi on an E8400 and the framerates were high and buttery smooth.
  4. That makes me feel a lot better about it then. I was about to return the GTX550ti and get a GTS450 thinking that may solve the crashing problem.

    Think I should consider OC the CPU? Right now it's stock 3.0ghz
  5. Changing the FSB to 1600mhz should give you about 3.6ghz on default voltage and slightly higher framerates.
  6. Would that be the only setting I should change? Would the Motherboard come into play at that point? Pardon my ignorance :(
  7. It's the only thing I have to change on my 680i to get 3.6ghz out of my E8400.
  8. Nice, I'll see what I can do. I have an air cooled system which would be my only other concern I guess at this point then. Thanks for the input.
  9. My E8400 rig is also air cooled but running the CPU at 3.6ghz has never been a problem.
  10. SWEET! Wouldn't that be awesome to OC to 3.6ghz.

    I'll continue to search for answers to my BF2 crashing issue, but again my biggest concern was whether or not I got to much Video Card for the rest of my system.

    I'll keep you posted on the OC once I get brave enough to make that tweak.
  11. FYI, I fixed the BF2 crashing problem by selecting properties from the desktop shortcut and under "Compatibility" selecting the XP Service Pack 2 Mode. Played 2 hours last night with 0 crashes.

    Still haven't built the courage to OC my CPU just yet. hehe
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