any CPU suggestion for gaming?

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April 25, 2011 at 20:24:48
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz/ 3.2 GB Ram
i recently changed my video card and somehow i think my CPU is bottle necking my GPU, because my desktop is 3 years old with the intel core 2 quad Q6600, and the new video card that i changed is nvidia geforce gtx 460 SE.
any opinion is appreciate. by the way, i want to know the price of it because im not a fans that likes to order stuff online, so by the time i decide which CPU that im gonna buy i will probably purchase from some store.

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#1
April 26, 2011 at 05:20:30
You have the SE version, not the full blown GTX 460. Your CPU will not bottleneck the video card. If you have a decent motherboard & RAM, try overclocking your CPU rather than replacing it. The Q6600 will easily do well over 3.0GHz. A mild overclock from 2.4GHz @ 1066MHz FSB to either 2.67GHz @ 1333MHz FSB or 2.8GHz @ 1600MHz FSB will give you the advantage of a much faster FSB.

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#2
April 26, 2011 at 10:18:03
I agree with mickliq, Q6600 is still a good gaming CPU and if overclocked it will perform better. If u still hungry for more performance overclock video card.

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#3
April 26, 2011 at 10:49:20
what is overclocking?? how do i do that?

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#4
April 26, 2011 at 13:36:46
"what is overclocking??"

That means to change the settings in the BIOS to run the CPU at a faster speed than it was designed for. The default setting for your Q6600 is 9 x 266MHz (2.4GHz) at 1066MHz FSB. The "9" is the CPU multiplier, the "266" is the CPU frequency & the "1066" is the front side bus (FSB), which is nothing more than the CPU frequency x 4.

If you were to leave the CPU multiplier at 9 & increase the CPU frequency from 266MHz to 333MHz, the CPU would run at 3.0GHz at 1333MHz FSB (333 x 4). However, there are several other changes that are required to be able to make it happen. There's no point in getting into a long explanation until you post the make/model of your motherboard & the type/speed of your RAM (DDR2-667, DDR2-800, DDR2-1066, etc).


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#5
April 26, 2011 at 14:13:33
My motherboard from dell and the model is 0TP406, and i just updated my BIOS.
For my Ram, i dont know is either DDR2 667 800 1066, but i can tell u i have
dram frequency: 332.7 MHz
FSB dram: 4:5
hope it helps.

Also, the reason why i post this question is because, i recently changed my video card, and somehow it works perfectly fine in games like COD 7, Portal 2, etc. But when i play this online game call "AION online" in any quality, i lags really badly, the FPS in this game is below 30s. Even my gaming laptop with windows 7 64bit, intel moblie core 2 duo P7450 @ 2.13GHz, 4gb ddr2 ram and Nvidia geforce gtx 260m playing it in really high quailty which would still has FPS of 50+. So if u can help me explain why and tell me about it i will be grateful.


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#6
April 26, 2011 at 14:45:45
Dell boards generally aren't overclockable, you're out of luck.

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#7
April 28, 2011 at 14:47:15
Its an online game, so its possible your internet connection is to blame. Test your connection speed/bandwidth.

Also, make sure your GTX 460 drivers are up to date. It doesn't sound like its a hardware issue though, if your setup works for other games.


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