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Old 07-23-10, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default What should I upgrade first?

Hello, I'd like to run Empire Total War and Napoleon smoother. And maybe Mafia 2 when it comes out <3

Atm it works pretty well, but there are stutters are it slows down a lot with huge troop numbers or numerous ships on screen.

My spec:

Xeon X3220 @ 2.40Ghz
4gb ram
Xfi-fatality sound card
Geforce 8800 GTX

I'd like to keep upgrade to minimum as it's only few games I play and short on cash :P
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Old 07-23-10, 11:55 AM   #2
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Old 07-23-10, 02:04 PM   #3
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have you tried overclocking your processor? This should help you quite a bit.
Reports are that those hit 3GHz+ very easily.
If you are still experiencing slow downs, an upgrade to a Geforce 460 1GB (about $200) should do great things for your graphics.
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have you tried overclocking your processor? This should help you quite a bit.
Reports are that those hit 3GHz+ very easily.
If you are still experiencing slow downs, an upgrade to a Geforce 460 1GB (about $200) should do great things for your graphics.


Alright, I'll try, any new cooling solutions available I have a very old zalman and I'm not sure if it's keeping me down or mo/bo Gigabyte EP35-DS3R.
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I would upgrade the 8800gtx, its getting a little dated. You can find really great deals on GTX 200 series cards right now.
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you cpu should do 3gig to 3.5gigs with no problems with a small voltage increase and a good CPU cooler and you could get a HD5770 for around $150 and it would be a nice upgrade if you don't have a lot of money to spend.If you want nvidia then I would get a GTX 460 for around $200 and it would be better.
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you cpu should do 3gig to 3.5gigs with no problems with a small voltage increase and a good CPU cooler and you could get a HD5770 for around $150 and it would be a nice upgrade if you don't have a lot of money to spend.If you want nvidia then I would get a GTX 460 for around $200 and it would be better.
Just moved from an 8800GTX to a GTX 460 with wonderful results. Easily 2x faster, especially in situations with complex shaders, PhysX, etc (aka the things you want!)
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