Originally Posted by Andy 22673
I figured my cpu might be the bottleneck. It must really be holding the 7850 back then, because game performance has not increased much at all over the 4850.
My problem is that I want all the bells and whistles turned up and still be able to run a 24 car field in heavy rain with all the special effects maxed out and I guess it's not going to happen. The memtest checked out alright, I think I'm just expecting to much from my system. If I want to play on a new LED at 1920 Res I guess I'm going to have to make further upgrades.
If I get a new cpu and motherboard is it possible to install them without a disk format and new OS install? I'm looking at the 3rd gen Core i5 3570K and the Asus P8Z77-V. Amazon has the cpu for $228 and the board is $144. Good choice or no, can someone advise on the 3570K stock cooler I have heard or read that it is not very good. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus or Evo both have good reviews.
That sounds like the best idea. Just make sure you get a nice cooler like a Thermalright Arrow or Noctua Dh14 because overclocking on these generation chips is a breeze and any of the 'k' series will run 4.5ghz cool.(make sure it is a k series or you can't overclock). Also those coolers will last many generations forward too.
You will be looking at a reload unless you get lottery lucky. An i5-3570k is the best bang for buck sandybridge cpu and will run 4.5ghz all day long and pretty much rips everything apart.
For reference I run an i5-2500k at 4.8ghz on a Thermalright Arrow that doesnt hit 60 deg c full load.
DDR3 is dirt cheap now, go for 2 sticks of 4gb which will be around £40. If you can afford it get 16GB
You should also be running 64bit Windows too if you intend to have 4gb or above.
If you are in the Uk, pm me with what you need to get, and what you want to spend and I will put a couple of configurations together for you if you like mate.