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March 2, 2013 6:13:01 PM

I've been trying to build a pc and i have most of the components installed, I installed an Nvidia Geforce Gt 610
To Try and run games like tf2 around 100 fps, but my cpu which is a single core 1.6 ghz its bottlenecking it down to 5 fps if i run the graphics on max i get 5 fps if i run them on low i get 5 fps.

I bought a
AMD Athlon 64 X2 500+ 2.6 GHz socket AM2 dual-core CPU
To replace the existing one (Original was a 1.6 ghz single core bottlenecking the gpu down to 5 fps when running tf2)

Ram is not a problem i removed vista and added windows 7 ultimate, and now i have 4 gigs of ddr2 ram, 3.75 usable

The original machine was an emachines el-1210-01e


I've been putting upgrades on it i changed the gpu and im changing the cpu to try and make it run games, it only has a 240 watts psu. and the geforce gt 610 requires 300 max, and the cpu requires 65 max my current cpu only requires 45

If i upgrade my psu, then i will have to change the case, the case i have right now is a micro pc and its very small and compact
If i change my psu and my case then all i will have left thats originally from the el-1210-01e, will be the mobo and the hard drive

I only have about 100$ to spend on upgrades left so i could probally afford a new psu and mabey a better hard drive, i already have a case i can use too.


My Two main concerns are Will the new Cpu im getting bottleneck the Gpu?, and Will i have to upgrade psu to use the gpu and cpu?



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March 2, 2013 7:01:31 PM

A gt610 will not play games. It is the lowest discrete GPU. It is made for running powerpoint, not games. You will be playing at lowest settings at reduced resolutions, if at all.

You must change the PSU. Get a corsair cx430. Its cheap and good.

The CPU you bought is pretty old. It won't really handle newer games.

Your machine is very old (motherboard/ram). I wouldn't waste any more money on this and save some money up and build a new computer. Here's an example of a build that will play modern games at low settings and not have issues. Plus you can later add an HD6670 to crossfire with the integrated GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $279.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 16:10 EST-0500)

I didn't include a case because you said you have one to use.
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March 2, 2013 7:29:08 PM

tiny voices said:
A gt610 will not play games. It is the lowest discrete GPU. It is made for running powerpoint, not games. You will be playing at lowest settings at reduced resolutions, if at all.

You must change the PSU. Get a corsair cx430. Its cheap and good.

The CPU you bought is pretty old. It won't really handle newer games.

Your machine is very old (motherboard/ram). I wouldn't waste any more money on this and save some money up and build a new computer. Here's an example of a build that will play modern games at low settings and not have issues. Plus you can later add an HD6670 to crossfire with the integrated GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $279.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 16:10 EST-0500)

I didn't include a case because you said you have one to use.






Could i handle games like minecraft? and run them at around 80 fps on max?
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March 2, 2013 7:30:16 PM

On your current machine or the new one?

The one I built will run it at max settings probably like 60fps?
Yours will not run it past 20fps with everything on low and short render distance.
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March 2, 2013 8:55:42 PM

tiny voices said:
On your current machine or the new one?

The one I built will run it at max settings probably like 60fps?
Yours will not run it past 20fps with everything on low and short render distance.



Mine current pc runs minecraft at 40 fps, but as soon as i walk more than 10 blocks and the world starts to load i drops own to 5, but then after the world stops loading it goes back up to around 40 is it my cpu that causes it to have problems loading the world, i pressed F3 and it is only using 250 mb of ram to run minecraft, but when i check task manager the cpu usage for minecraft is a constant 99% of cpu usage

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March 2, 2013 8:56:36 PM

Yeah your CPU is very low end, it won't really be able to ever run minecraft.
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