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Compatibility Issue - GTX 550ti , Intel E8400 CPU

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September 1, 2011 3:55:18 PM

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!
a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2011 4:30:19 PM

I don't see any compatability issues.

Did you download the latest drivers from Nvidia?

Have you updated BF2?
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September 1, 2011 4:40:36 PM

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......
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 1, 2011 4:51:29 PM

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.
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September 1, 2011 4:59:17 PM

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
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 1, 2011 5:07:50 PM

Changing the FSB to 1600mhz should give you about 3.6ghz on default voltage and slightly higher framerates.
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September 1, 2011 5:13:16 PM

Would that be the only setting I should change? Would the Motherboard come into play at that point? Pardon my ignorance :( 
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 1, 2011 5:16:40 PM

It's the only thing I have to change on my 680i to get 3.6ghz out of my E8400.
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September 1, 2011 5:21:00 PM

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.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 1, 2011 5:27:54 PM

My E8400 rig is also air cooled but running the CPU at 3.6ghz has never been a problem.
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September 1, 2011 5:32:14 PM

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.
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September 2, 2011 2:46:28 PM

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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