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Upgrade CPU for gaming

By edlovereze
Jul 2, 2010
  1. Hi guys,
    I am looking at upgrading my cpu because I want to be able to play games a little better than I can now. Most games don't work at all on my pc. I have a Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz 2.20GHz. My graphics card is an Nvidia 8300 GS I do believe. I was thinking of just buying a Athlon II X4 630. I have seen that it runs the games I'd like to play well. Would this be a good idea or not? I have Windows 7 64-bit as well with 3.00 GB of ram. I have read about overclocking but Im not sure how that works. What would be my best bet at playing games better?
     
  2. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Posts: 38

    Hey, Well if you have an Intel processor installed to your Motherboard than you won't be able to install an AMD CPU because AMD uses different CPU sockets. Also games doesn't uses that much of CPU it mostly uses graphics card.
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    First, last, and foremost your CPU isn't the problem, it's that crap video card, period.

    And no, you can't put an AMD processor in an Intel board.

    Given the age of the E4500, it may not be possible to upgrade your CPU to one of the current line of socket LGA775 CPUs anyway.

    Bottom line, buy a better video card, and do consider upgrading the power supply at the same time.
     
  4. edlovereze

    edlovereze TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok thanks very much this is why I ask before I do anything. Can someone give me a good suggestion for a graphics card? I'm kinda tight on budget. Don't want to really pay more than $100. If not then I'll stick to 360.
     
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

  6. edlovereze

    edlovereze TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  8. edlovereze

    edlovereze TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is there any card that is still good that is a little cheaper? I don't have all that much money. I might just start saving but I was wondering if there is anything cheaper than 100 that can handle like cod games and stuff like that. Even if its not max settings. One guy said this runs COD well but you tell me.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130543
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  10. edlovereze

    edlovereze TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok thanks very much!! I probably will buy that soon. Are they hard to install or will it be easy? And does it work with Windows 7?
     
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    as long as you have an PCIE slot, it will work
     
  12. edlovereze

    edlovereze TS Rookie Topic Starter

  13. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    It says that it has a PCI-E x16 slot. The card should work as long as you have a 400W or above PSU.
     
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