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 Post subject: Can my rig handle Mafia 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:53 pm 
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Case: CoolerMaster CM690
Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI (Wifi Edition)
CPU: AMD 64 X2 6000+ 3.0Ghz
RAM: OCZ SLI 800Mhz 4GB (4 Modules of 1GB)
GPU: PNY 8800GT 512MB (2 modules SLI'd)
HDD: Barricuda 160GB 7'200RPM
Barricuda 200GB 7'200RPM
PSU: Corsair 600watt
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate - 64-bit

My opinion personally concerns possible bottle-necking with the AMD X2 6000+ CPU.

Many thanks for any information in advance.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Your rig should run just about anything you desire.

Your 8800 SLI is more limiting than your CPU.

Consider getting a 5870 or Geforce 470.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:00 pm 
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Ya thats a good point. Do you think OCing the 8800gt's might cure any stuttering that I may run into?

And...

Do you think that I may be pushing my PSU to the limit if I begin to overclock the 8800gt's? I didn't mention that I have Eight 120mm fans running in the case. The 8800gt's also have DuOrb coolers on them. Im not sure how much all of the case fans and DuOrbs in total draw in watts together.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:01 pm 
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It depends on his resolution. At high res, the 8800s will be the limiting factor- at low resolutions, there'll be a CPU bottleneck.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:08 pm 
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Think 1680x1050 is pushing the limits?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:42 pm 
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nope. 1680x1050 is the perfect fit for that setup.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:11 am 
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Sorry for another question guys. I just don't want to start more topics in the forum. It still is in regards to system performance when running these heavy load games.

I know that the AMD X2 6000+ was not notible for its overclocking properties, but I have made an attempt to tweak it anyways. Though I am not sure if the means I am using are very effective. On the M2N32-SLI mobo, I have enabled AI NOS at 10%. Is this form of overclocking effective when running such loaded games? I've read mixed reviews on AI NOS.

I apologize for the newbish repetative Q's
Thanks again


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:01 pm 
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I have to disagree with the others regarding the bottleneck in your system. It's definitely the CPU. A 8800GT SLI setup is great for the games you want to run. But since I have no idea how CPU-dependent those games are, it's really a shot in the dark. If they're very CPU-depended, then you're looking at very low minimum frame rates. This happened with my dual-core Opteron at 2.7GHz playing TF2, L4D and GTA IV.

Simply, I'd upgrade the CPU to a Phenom II - any variety will do. Heck, even an Athlon II would be a good upgrade for games. You should check if your mobo can take the new CPUs through a BIOS update. Otherwise, you'll have to buy a new motherboard and CPU (and probably RAM).

As for automated overclocking - it isn't that bad if you're looking for a slight overclock, but it's generally looked down upon since you have no control over the settings. However, the parameters that auto-OC programs are generally on the safe side so you might as well try it out if you're not inclined to take time out to constantly tweak and stress-test.


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