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So I've basically a balanced system but a bit old, tho it runs BS and FC2 perfectly at 40fps+ with high textures, medium scenes game settings, 4AA, 8AF, quality filtering nvidia settings, etc etc. I just feel that, in some situations fps go lower than 25: taxiing with other aircrafts/helos in front, area with too much objects, etc. so I'm thinking in an upgrade only if I get those fps higher than 25. I'm using 1440x900 resolution, W7 64 bit and have 4GB of DDR2 800Mhz.

 

cpu is a intel E5200, 2core 2.5Ghz at 3Ghz. Frequency is ok, but lacks cache (L2 just 2MB) and bus (800 to 960Mhz).

 

gpu is a nv 9600gt 512DD3 at stock speeds.

 

So, do you have experience in upgrading similar cpu or gpu? wich would be the best upgrade if I only pick one?

 

My firsts thoughts are cpu to a E8400 or Q9650 mainly due caché per core. For gpu I was thinking in a 260GTX. What would make the most difference if I keep graphics settings the same (I know with a 260GTX I can crank up AA, AF, etc. but let's keep the discussion with same settings for the sake of higher fps).


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To be honest, I would hesitate to purchase a new Socket 775 system right now. For most performance aspects the i3 is both more powerful (marginally) and cheaper, and does use the newer sockets that will ensure that the system is easier to upgrade in the future.

 

That said, I currently run my e8500 at stock, and with everything on high except water (normal) FC2 remains perfectly smooth, and you'll get pretty much the same thing with the e8400. (only diff is 0.16GHz) The Quad might get you a more future-proof system, but even then I'd still propose a four-core i5 on the 1156 socket instead. The difference for FC2 and DCS should be barely noticeable between the e8400 and q9650, although this may change with future versions if they get more threading done.

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Yeah well I want to still use my motherboard and ram so this is why I want an upgrade. Q9650 is very expensive so unless it goes down it's out of the question, while e8400 has almost the same perfomance per core and it's somewhat cheap. The thing is if upgrading from my overclocked E5200 to a stock E8400, the main difference (mainly caché, but also bus, etc. ) will make a noticeable difference or not. Obviously I can overlock the e8400 to 3.5Ghz with stock cooling.

 

What about going from a 9600gt to a 260GTX or similar? perhaps this is a better path?

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I am uncertain. I never ran the e5xxx chips and haven't been able to find any direct comparisons to the e8xxx.

 

The one thing you are likely to gain from swapping graphics card is allowing higher AA and AF, I don't think you'll improve your FPS with it - just cram in more post-processing in the FPS you already have.

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That's what I fear about gpu upgrade. I'm perfectly fine quality settings and 4xAA and 8xAF in a 19'' screen at 1440x900, don't need more (well, I could use 16xAF).

 

Otherwise, perhaps my overlocked e5200 is not pushing the 9600gt to it's max and buying a e8400 will increase both cpu and gpu.

 

Got to think XD

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