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steve mace Jun 13, 2011, 04:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Getting sick of my stoneage computer, and have been given a working e8400 (I'm a gigolo)
Was gonna get a good sandybridge, but considering building on this now.

For games when at 1080+ resolutions, the gpu takes over mostly right?

Just wondering if there are (m)any modern games that I wouldn't be able to play at high settings. I am guessing I will be fine 90% of the time. I would buy a Radeon HD 6870 to go with.

If I overclock the cpu (nothing hardcore) will this change things. Ta.


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Michael C Jun 13, 2011, 04:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
Yes and no. I think you would be able to basically play any game pretty decently with that CPU and videocard - but if you put a SB chip into it you would see a world of difference.

Personally, I would not do it.

Michael C Jun 13, 2011, 04:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
6970 also isn't worth it over the price of a 6950 which you can unlock easily to 6970 speeds also.

Reason Jun 13, 2011, 04:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
I've tried to cheap out before, and I've decided that there is no use in going too far back to save money. If all you have is the CPU, I'd sell it to someone like me* with an E6750 and use the money to get a modern system. Otherwise you're stuck on 775 and (probably) DDR2.





*I'm across the pond and it probably wouldn't be worth shipping to me.


Michael C said:
6970 also isn't worth it over the price of a 6950 which you can unlock easily to 6970 speeds also.

I thought AMD "fixed" that feature?


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Michael C Jun 13, 2011, 05:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
That's what I thought, but apparently not. Either way, mine is one of the unlockable ones.

steve mace Jun 14, 2011, 05:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
I know for general compouter use as well, the sandybridge will bludgeon it, but but.
I'd save so much money. I only upgrade every 2/3 years anyway, so being stuck in a particular socket is irrelevant to me. The mobos so cheap too :O

I could have sworn that at 1080p the cpu is only like 25% of the equation.
I havn't seen requirements for games increasing much at least over the past 2 years. How long will it be until a quad core is needed for max settings? I reckon a while.

I guess I could put the cpu up on ebay.. see if I get a decent price. I would do 75, thats the lowest ive seen others at. Then decide if someone bites or not.

Yeah, I don't think i'll ship internationally, would probably be too much i dunno.
Still undecided on everything.

I'll roll 2 dice and they will decide what lprice tier to buy from ;)

Oh it's a vpro cpu as well. That bump the price up much?

Reason Jun 16, 2011, 01:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
Dunno about the other stuff, but I'm gaming at 1920 x 1080 with my stock e6750 and a 5850 and I can run STALKER Clear Sky at Max, SoC Oblivion Lost at Max, CoP at Max. Your estimate of 25% sounds good to me.

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Meats_Of_Evil Jun 16, 2011, 01:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
I would say its more. I think my Quad goes to 50 or 60% depending on the game. But i believe the GPU is more important anyway. Games that stresses that cpu are rare. Supreme Commander is a game that comes to mind when stressing the cpu much and a Quad core is recommended.

You'll be fine with a Dual core and they overclock well enough to give you even better frames. But stay alert, DDR2 RAM maybe even more expensive than DDR3 nowadays since they're practically obsolete they sell for more! Watch out for the mobo too, try and compare the prices to another website.

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Michael C Jun 16, 2011, 05:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 16, 2011, 05:46pm EDT

 
>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?

As you may or may not know, I recently upgraded from my Q6600@3.4ghz cpu to a SB 2500K. I can tell you the difference is huge and very noticeable. Some games run more heavily off of the CPU than the GPU, so it really depends on what games you are playing. Obviously, for best results, you would have a high-end CPU AND GPU.

What I was finding with my Q6600+6950 was that my videocard was far-ahead of my processor. Some games would run alright but not quite perfect on max settings. There also seems to be less load lag and that 'jitter' type of lag. The fps difference in most games(estimate)has gone up anywhere from 25-60%. This is comparing my Q6600 overlocked to 3.4ghz and the 2500K at stock speeds(3.3-3.6ghz).

The CPU you have is unfortunately worse than the Q6600 I do believe, so you can base your opinion on that.

angryhippy Jul 04, 2011, 04:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 04, 2011, 04:52am EDT

 
>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
I'm running an E8400 with the EO step and a 9800 GT on a 1080P Haven't run into anything I couldn't handle unless you need everything maxed out. just finished black ops and getting ready to play F.E.A.R.3. There is mobos out there that are P45 775's with DDR3. But those transitional boards are usually crap. And the selection with DDR2 and DDR3 are pretty slim for both, unless you want a Foxconn or an ECS. :/

Edit that's black ops at 1080p AA at 4x. With the right mobo the 8400 will run at 4 gigs without breaking a sweat.

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GtoX (capt Guns) Oct 19, 2011, 07:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
my friend got a mobo with s775 and ddr3, his comptuer works stable as ever, but no OC potential really..

back to topic:

I upgraded from my trusty Q9650@3.0ghz stock (basically your e8400 but quad version) and a gtx470. 6144mb ram ddr2 800mhz...

I then proceeded to get a 2600k, p8p67-m pro, 8gb 1333mhz ram and my trusty gtx470.

In arma 2 on the same settings (1280x1024 considering its a freakin demanding game!) i went from 30-35 fps on the 775 setup, to 65 fps with the i7...

BFBC2 i went from 50 fps minimum, 70 fps average in intense fighting with shadows low and 2x AA, to 120 fps and 80 minimum on high on everything + 8AA.. 1680x1050res on both setups

i did not expect a big difference in gaming, but damn was it pretty big! It doesnt make any sens though to me really..

but but, either way my old s775 rig is still veeeeery competent on high resolutions, so ill most likely end up giving my 470 to it and get a 570 for my SB setup..


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Michael C Oct 19, 2011, 12:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
The 2500k/2500k are amazing for gaming. Blows the old 775 socket CPU's away. Dead. In the face.

steve mace Dec 16, 2011, 07:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: E8400 (EO stepping) good enough for modern gaming @ 1080p?
Yeah, I got the 2500k in the end, it is indeed very sex, and thanks for the advice.

First upgrade in 6 years, so I thought I should treat myself.

I tend to keep my system active until browsing with multiple tabs becomes a burden which it unfortunately was. Hell, the games are pretty enough as they are now. doubt ill upgrade again for ages, we are getting a lot closer to uncanny valley now after all.

Think this 2500k could last 6 years and still handle lots of tabs in an explorer? Am very curious.


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