will a new processor work with my old motherb

June 3, 2010 at 07:13:36
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I'm trying to run star craft 2 beta smoothly and I have noticed drastic FPS drops when I'm in big battles, and when there are a lot of units on the field the FPS will drop to as low as 10 or under when in 4v4 games. I have a graphics card that is more then up to par for this game (ATI HD radeon 5750), so in theory it should be able to handle this game.

I have been searching online and I have found that its not my graphics card that is creating these issues but my processor, so i have two questions, if i get a new and better processor will the game start to run smoothly? Also will my motherboard be compatible with a processor of your recommendation, because I'm not sure which one to get.

Specs:

CPU: AMD athlon 64 x2 4000+

Mainboard: Ory 206

Memory: DDR2 2048 Mbytes, and 730 GB of free hard disk space

Graphics: ATI HD radeon 5750


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#1
June 3, 2010 at 09:39:46
If you have a Dell, give us the model & model number.

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#2
June 3, 2010 at 12:21:36
I don't know... the 5750 is a fairly slow performing card.

I'd say buy an Nvidia 9600GT/GSO or better.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#3
June 3, 2010 at 14:01:31
@Outlander
do u have any issues with ATi?
if i remember correct u have already said ATi hadn't made any profit this year.

FYI: Hd 5750 is a great card than 9600gt/gso, it's better than geforce 9800gt but peform similar to geforce 250gts. The card can play modern titles in high settings.


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#4
June 3, 2010 at 16:03:25
Its a dell inspiron 531, with a swapped psu and gsu. The point i was trying to make is that the graphics card should not be dipping to frames below 10 or around 10 during any circumstance. I was looking for the link, (I could not find) but according to this site my fps should not be dipping below 60 with this card, so something besides my card is out of whack. I have concluded that its the processor but I just wanted an expert analysis.Are there any recommendations of a mobo and processor that i should get? I'm looking to spend about 200-250$ on it.

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#5
June 6, 2010 at 15:07:18
@Outlander
do u have any issues with ATi?
if i remember correct u have already said ATi hadn't made any profit this year.

FYI: Hd 5750 is a great card than 9600gt/gso, it's better than geforce 9800gt but peform similar to geforce 250gts. The card can play modern titles in high settings.

Of course I have issues with ATi, they can't seem to get their act together when it comes to their drivers.

Now, the 5750 is right around the speed of an nvidia 9600/9800 series card, and below the 250GTS. The 5770 is a bit faster and a better card, but the Nvidia 260 and above stomp all over both of them. If this user wants the game to run "smoothly" than an Nvidia 260 GTX, or better would be a safe bet. CPU speed is really not the factor here as the Athlon 64 x2 is really not that out of date, it almost compares to a e6300 core 2 which is not great, but not bad either.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#6
June 6, 2010 at 16:48:34
That's actually a fairly outdated system and starcraft 2 is well... not even out yet. RTS' are mainly dependent upon the cpu, and youre cpu is pretty slow. It depends on your mobo, if it's am2+ or am3 you can most likely drop a phenom into it. Either dual core or quad core, whatever you can afford. 2 gigs of ram is cutting it close, and a big factor there is also your ram speed. Just look up specs on mobo and see what you can use. Athlon 64 is really outdated, my old athlon II could barely run today's games. 5750 is all right, that should be able to handle starcraft 2 on average settings I would imagine. I think if you change cpu and get more ram you should be good.

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#7
June 6, 2010 at 23:18:44
Thank you for your responses everyone, that was very helpful though mrbobbo.

I know the games not out yet but I'm playing the beta right now. I googled my mobo online and I couldn't find any specs for it. I don't even know what kind of processors are compatible with my motherboard. Or how to find if its am2+ or am3, i have just now even heard of am2, and am3.

I apologize about my ignorance towards mobos, and processors in advance. But if you could help me out it would be much appreciated.

Also one more question, do you think it would be more beneficial to get a dual or quad core? The quad core sounds better just because of the fact that it has four cores instead of two, but i really don't know much of anything when it comes to this.


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#8
June 7, 2010 at 10:54:37
refer to the following link for some info on your last question.
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/20...

Intel P4 640 w/HT 3.20GHz
2GB DDR2-SDRAM PC2-6400
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 256-bit, 512MB GDDR3
23" LG Flatron


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#9
June 7, 2010 at 11:42:26
Very informational thank you, I myself will probably go with a higher performing quad core since games are on the highest priority when it comes to my computer.

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