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#1 corleonejp

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:37 PM

I bought either a geforce 9400 gt or geforce 9500 gt graphics card a couple of years ago.Anyway they were pretty good.I bought it for empire:total war at the time. So, I installed empire and it didn't work so smoothly. Is this because of the graphics card?I do only have a 2.33 ghz processor.I realize that is not fast enough.So, should I only bother buying a new processor or also a new graphics card?Also, I bought flight sim X and that performed badly but I don't know if it's just because my slow processor or also my graphics card.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:52 PM

There have been two more major generations after the GeForce 9 with Nvidia graphics cards. Moreover, the 9400 GT and 9500 GT were considered low-end cards, good for most basic tasks and Flash games, but not so good with the higher-end stuff. You are also right about the CPU, it is rather slow for games. If you are going to be doing any gaming, I suggest a better graphics card, such as a Radeon 6850 or better on the AMD/ATI end or the GTX 560 with Nvidia. I also suggest a better CPU, preferably a quad core with a speed of 2.8 GHz. or greater. We really can't recommend much since we do not know the motherboard you have, nor the amount of power your computer's power supply puts out.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:17 PM

The 9 series of Nvidia is really dead now. What processor do you have?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:42 PM

I have an intel core 2 so one of these is probably good right?
http://www.intel.com/products/processor/core2duo/specifications.htm?iid=prod_core2duo+tab_spec
Which company's graphics card is better, ATI or Nvidia?Unfortunately I have no clue what my wattage is, but it is nothing special.
Thank you very much.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:47 PM

Actually I have a Intel Core 2 Quad,not Duo, so this is the correct kind right?: http://www.intel.com/products/processor/core2quad/specifications.htm

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:54 PM

Yes, a core 2 duo should be fine for gaming as i also use my core 2 duo for gaming too. It is your choice if you want ATI or Nvidia graphics. I personally use ATI because of the stable drivers. The power supply does matter because if the graphics card does not get enough power, it won't power up or kill itself.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 01:47 AM

Not all Core 2's are good with gaming, a 2.33 GHz. CPU is rather slow for a CPU when gaming. If a game isn't optimized for quad core, as in being able to use all four cores, then a quad will not perform significantly better than a dual. On top of that, the CPU clock, the speed of the CPU, isn't that high to begin with. As stated earlier, it is your choice as to which company to go with for graphics cards, AMD/ATI seems to have better drivers with a good value versus performance on their graphics cards. I've had both AMD and Nvidia cards, it really is personal preference if you have two cards with similar performance and price points.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:13 AM

To solve the low clocked speed, you can overclock it, but be careful and understand what you are doing :thumbup2:
Goooo ATI B)

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:22 AM

Thank you guys very much!Much appreciated!

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:30 AM

No problems :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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