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    I've currently got an E6850, 4GB RAM, Asus mobo and GTX 260. Still a solid system but it's starting to struggle a little on newer games so I'm looking to upgrade the CPU, motherboard and RAM sometime soon - any recommendations?

    It's largely for gaming and the budget is £400-500. I think some manner of socket 1156 i5 or i7 setup would suit me best. I'm not really interested in overclocking so good stock performance is a must.

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    Re: Upgrade Time

    How is it struggling on new games?! What resolution do you play? I would say maybe just reinstall get rid of pc clutter.

    Oh and if that cpu is not overclocked, its going to be bottlenecking your 260 badly.

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    Re: Upgrade Time

    If your motherboard can take 45nm Core2 processors I would get a quad core Q9400 or Q9550. Most games cannot even make use of three cores fully and hence a quad core would last you a while IMHO. Also most games are not that CPU limited as the resolution increases.

    I would also second giving your PC a general clean-out software wise. If you are using quite an old hard disk a newer one will help too.


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    With specs like those I doubt you would have problem running games. At most the processor will be bottlenecking the GTX 260 but I still don't see that happening to be honest, an E6850 really shouldn't be a bottleneck.

    4GB RAM should also be enough too. As others have said, might wanna clean out your system, you'd be amazed at how much faster it is (and then amazed at how it gets gradually slower as you install software lol)

    A quad core may help but I doubt it'd help that much.

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    Re: Upgrade Time

    Quote Originally Posted by badger View Post
    I've currently got an E6850, 4GB RAM, Asus mobo and GTX 260. Still a solid system but it's starting to struggle a little on newer games so I'm looking to upgrade the CPU, motherboard and RAM sometime soon - any recommendations?

    It's largely for gaming and the budget is £400-500. I think some manner of socket 1156 i5 or i7 setup would suit me best. I'm not really interested in overclocking so good stock performance is a must.
    Your limiting factor, if any, is the GTX260.

    There is no way that either a 3GHz CPU or 4GB RAM is a problem.

    What games is it struggling on?

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