Procrastination Amplification: Punditry on MMOs and games in general.

Quickie: CPU Upgrade – Help Wanted

I got Fallout: New Vegas on Monday but haven’t really played a lot yet. One reason for that is that time has been in short supply, but another is that my gaming rig isn’t really handling itself well anymore. Most notably, my CPU was produced in 2006 and while it was awesome at its time, it really can’t handle modern games all that well anymore. My video card also needs an upgrade, but it’s way newer and not remotely as stressed out as the CPU.

So, with wages coming in soon I’m looking to upgrade CPU, board, and likely RAM to something that can handle modern games well. Currently my eyes are on an Intel i7 875k, but I’m not really into over-clocking (though I might try it with such a processor) and don’t know much about the processor market these days. I know even less about motherboards, never did really, and therefore would quite appreciate some suggestions as to what to get.

I’m somewhat flexible where money and power are concerned, so if you have had any positive (or negative) experience with CPUs and boards of this caliber recently, please do share.

  • Can’t give you advice on that, but FNV runs fine on i5 laptops with a GeForce 330M, the i7 will do it for sure. I can’t tell you which chip has the most overclocking potential, I rather pay more nowadays and don’t do it.

    But I have another advice: On Monday Nvidia released new drivers that explicitly fix bugs and performance issues in FNV, a FNV patch that solves some specific Win7-64 bugs is also out. This might work till you get your new rig.

  • Thanks. I went ahead and got the upgrade. Runs fine, though my SSD somehow gave up working after the upgrade meaning I’m stuck on my old XP for the moment instead of the win7 on that SSD. My Fallout save was also on the SSD (and I hope it still is ;)) but I did try running the game and the i7 runs it like a charm.