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Core 2 Duo Upgrade

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December 12, 2012 2:14:43 PM

Right now I have a Core 2 Duo E6750 with 4 GB RAM and a Radeon 5770 GPU that I built myself a few years ago. I've been having a lot of frame-rate issues with current generation games like MOH:WF, etc. I'm looking at spending 400-500 dollars and want to do so in a way that will result in the best upgrade with least bottlenecking. I'm pretty sure I can't just upgrade my GPU, as I think my old as heck CPU is the piece bottlenecking my entire system. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: $400-500 after shipping/after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Not sure, possibly CPU/mobo or GPU and maybe SSD if it's worth it. I will be keeping my Antec Earthwatts 550 PSU, Antec 900 case, and Samsung Spinpoint 750 HD.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, not really strict on this

Location: CT, USA

Parts Preferences: not picky

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Prefer not to

Your Monitor Resolution: 2048x1152

Why Are You Upgrading: Current gen games are running slowly, computer is slow overall.

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December 12, 2012 2:48:59 PM

how about this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ Newegg)

Total: $466,51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Direct upgrade to your needs without exceeding your budget, probably the best you can get for your 500 bucks.
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December 12, 2012 6:41:33 PM

Definitely better if you can afford it go for it!
December 12, 2012 6:52:49 PM

blazing247 said:
That looks good, but I'm wondering if extending my budget by as little as $100 will make a world of difference. Also, it appears that Video Card is $40 more when I click on it. How does this look for a little bit more money?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)

Going from the i5-3470 to the i5-3570 is fairly negligible, but I think it is worth the extra $15.
Since you are not interested in overclocking, no sense in getting the Z77 board, unless it has specific features that you are wanting. Otherwise, the board that nconde25 suggested would do fine. Take the $60 you save on the board and get this GPU:

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $300

With your monitor resolution, the 7950 would be a great fit.
December 12, 2012 7:05:31 PM

A couple of months ago my gpu (Radeon 4870) started having some problems and eventually died all together. I put in a new 7870 to go with my c2d E8500. I'm not the biggest gamer, but my rig runs BF3 on ultra at 1650x1080 quite well, even in multiplayer. TBH, that's about the only modern game I've tried on it though. Wouldn't consider it buttery smooth, but it's acceptable for me at this time since Haswell is only a few months away. I know there's always something right around the corner, but i'm upgraded near the end of socket 939 and LGA 775 and want to be on the front end for a change. That might be a route you want to consider, thought i'm not sure haswell is going to be that big of a deal for desktops.

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December 12, 2012 7:35:37 PM

I upgraded about a year ago from your exact configuration a XFX 5770, Core 2 DUO 6750 MSI P35 P35 Neo2-FIR and 4 GB of ram. The difference is night and day honestly moving up to a i5.

If you might be overclocking you would want a k sku processor if not then a H77 board will do you better.

Here is a build I constructed. I went with a Z68 board because they are a bit cheaper then the Z77 boards. I went with low profile memory in the event you got a CPU cooler to overclock higher then you can at stock. I found a cheap 7850 which will be more then enough at the present moment maybe not AA+AF turned on but for the most part you will get everything on high. I may get criticized for going with a 2500k but here me out. The Z68 boards are cheaper most of the time you don't get a board out of the box that has Ivy Bridge support without first flashing the bios and in most cases you need a CPU already installed. Also this provides a cheaper solution for overclocking if you are going that route. Furthermore the 2500k can be overclocked with ease and runs very very cool.

Reasoning with the 7850 you are going to get a mid level experience with either the 7850 or the 7870 you can overclock if you wanted to get to 7870 levels. I wouldn't spend beyond the 7850 unless you were getting something like a 7950 which is more on the enthusiast line of cards.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $533.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 16:29 EST-0500)
December 12, 2012 8:11:39 PM

It depends on what Core 2 Duo you have. I have an E7500 that I just put on a GIGABYTE GA-G41MT-S2PT LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX with 8gb of DDR3 1333 (max the board supports) with a 460 GTX and I am having no issues at all. Frame rates are in the 60 fps area on Crysis and Warhead. WEI is 5.9 currently. As soon as I put in the SSD it’ll jump to 6.9.

$59 MB
$38 RAM
$120 GPU

Or you can drop $800+ on a new system and get marginal increases over that.

For clarity, I have a very minor OC on the memory and the CPU, but only tweeking, nothing dramatic.
December 12, 2012 8:52:12 PM

Well I'd hardly call going from a 4 year old CPU to a modern CPU a marginal upgrade it is fairly substantial. You get a faster CPU and the RAM is faster to DDR2 is slower then dirt at this point. Which I'm sure that is what he is using. I wouldn't upgrade a motherboard just so he could use faster memory at this point his 4 year old legacy CPU deserves to be put to rest so he can have a more complete experience.
December 13, 2012 6:20:55 PM

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