Hey there all, great looking forums
I am a gamer, and have recently purchased COD Black ops and have been getting a lot of stuttering when anyone comes near me in game.
so here are my current specs. I have monitored usage for gfx and cpu while trying to play.
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400 @3.51ghz (2 CPUs)
(both processors get pegged 90% - 100% during game play)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
only uses 50% of it's ability during game play, at end of round utilization goes to 75% and higher.
Sound Card: SB X-Fi Audio DC00
Since the latest patch my ambient sounds are distorted
Monitor: Flatron 22" LCD
Power Supply: 700 watt
Hard Disk Drive(s): 4 sata (Raid)
I know that the machine is out of date, but I am on a budget. Is it worthwhile to just upgrade the processor to a quad core Q9650 or would my money be better spent on a new build. Of course my current set-up is ddr2 and if I rebuild I would need to replace CPU,MOBO and Mem. to ddr3
newegg has some combo's on i5 's and i7's but this is virgin territory for me and I can't tell from all the reviews I have read if the i5 is still best bang for the buck for gamers, or is the i7 better since it hyperthreads.
Thanks in advance for any tips
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