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New Video Card changed plans.

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October 19, 2012 6:50:26 PM

I'm a college student so I don't have the resources to overhaul my comp at once. I just brought up my old desktop and was planning to replace the components starting with the CPU/mobo/ram and then worry about Graphics card (and PSU if necessary). I had saved up enough money to do the first part when I found a deal I could not pass up on a gtx 680. I was planning to go for a 580/560 so it's more card then I was planning for. I was expecting to have major lag in games due to the processor but things seem to be running very well about 95% of the time. Every once in a while there is a small skip but since I've only been playing offline/story modes (Borderlands 2, assassin's Creed, Fifa) it isn't really a huge deal. I am making the switch from PS3 gaming so the quality is already great in comparison. I want to get BF3 but based on the reviews, I'm afraid I'll need a whole lot more processing power out of my CPU. Will the campaign be playable with my setup as is? Will I see significant boosts to performance in my current games with the new hardware.

I won't be able to throw a large sum of money out there for a while. Plan is to get a 3570K and Asus p8z77-v when I can afford it.

Current setup:
CPU: C2D E6600, OC to 2.8 (Not stable much farther :/  )
Cooler: Thermaltake BT, lapped
Mobo: Gigabyte Ga-EP45-UD3P (1.6)
Graphics: Pilot GTX 680 (previously 2x 9500gt sli)
PSU: BFG LS Series 680w
Case: Antec Solo (cut to fit Graphics card, w/2 front 92mm)
OS: x64 Windows 7 Ultimate
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October 19, 2012 6:58:42 PM

yeah, you should be fine, I'm assuming you have enough ram??

out of curiosity, how much the great deal on the 680??
October 19, 2012 8:04:20 PM

Sounds fine, yes, the mobo, ram and CPU upgrade will give a lot, but weird, you cant get that E6600 higher.

That was my first CPU ever with OC on. I had it running 100 % stable at 3.6 Ghz with a CM Gemini II with 2 x 120 MM fans. It was great! I had an MSI P35 motherboard, so you also have a better motherboard. I just started with OC at that point, so I never tried higher clock, but I think I could. Have you read closer about OC of the E6600?
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October 19, 2012 8:06:37 PM

Oops. I knew I forgot something. I have 8gb (4x2gb) of ddr2 1066.

Open box for 380
October 19, 2012 8:16:48 PM

mzisman4 said:
Open box for 380

That's a pretty good deal.
October 19, 2012 10:03:02 PM

I read through the C2D/C2Q guide here and followed a youtube video for my mobo. This is my first OC so I'm still learning. I've been changing the FSB. It was blue screening once a day @3Ghz.

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October 19, 2012 10:28:05 PM

BF3 single player should run ok on your Rig
BF3 multiplayer would be very hard on your CPU specially in the bigger sized matches
October 27, 2012 1:16:58 AM

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