Intel Q6600 - 2.4GHz Options

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#1 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -
Hi there, I have an Intel Q6600 - 2.4GHz, when I run Rome Total War II CPU usage is running well over 80% and into the 90's too. My question is, what options do I have to improve the games performance? 1.New CPU? 2.Overclock? Never done it before, no idea where to start 3. Anything I haven't thought of? All advice is greatly appreciated. Jim
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#2 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -
You should be able to get that CPU upto 3GHz quite easily but it'll depend on your motherboard. Maybe more, i never managed to get mine over 3 with any kind of stability. If you want a new CPU then you'll need a new Motherboard and RAM. What GPU do you have? You might be able to get a used QX9770 cheaply but I doubt it, thats pretty much the best CPU you could bung into your motherboard. ( going from memory so I might be wrong ). Best Idea is try overclock first.
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#3 Posted by G-Lord (2141 posts) -

The Q6600, that brings back memories ;). Mine got fried one year ago but it was a trusted companion over many years.

I totally agree with acanofcoke. The Q6600 is easy to overclock, had mine running at 3.1 GHz. There is not much else that you can do without a total upgrade unfortunatley and it would be hard to get a faster CPU that fits your mainboard (which wouldn't help a lot anyway). I also wonder which GPU and how much RAM you have as these are important factors for Rome II.

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#4 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -

The Q6600, that brings back memories ;). Mine got fried one year ago but it was a trusted companion over many years.

I totally agree with acanofcoke. The Q6600 is easy to overclock, had mine running at 3.1 GHz. There is not much else that you can do without a total upgrade unfortunatley and it would be hard to get a faster CPU that fits your mainboard (which wouldn't help a lot anyway). I also wonder which GPU and how much RAM you have as these are important factors for Rome II.

G-Lord
Thanks all, my spec is: GFX Nvidia GTX 650 TI (1GB) 8 Gig RAM I thought my machine would be able to handle Rome II but the time between 'turns' takes ages and the processor is 90% when running the game ;o((
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#5 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

Is it a prebuilt? If so you may not be able to overclock.

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#6 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -
I guess the smart (but expensive) option is a new mobo, CPU and RAM? Jim
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#7 Posted by whitey_rolls (2539 posts) -

We need to know the motherboard you have.

It's likely if you got the PC from Dell or Bestbuy you won't be able to overclock it

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#8 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -

We need to know the motherboard you have.

It's likely if you got the PC from Dell or Bestbuy you won't be able to overclock it

whitey_rolls
Thanks: I have a Gigabyte EG41MFT-US2H, the machine was purchased from a self build company (Ginger6)
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#9 Posted by whitey_rolls (2539 posts) -
[QUOTE="whitey_rolls"]

We need to know the motherboard you have.

It's likely if you got the PC from Dell or Bestbuy you won't be able to overclock it

JimmyMature
Thanks: I have a Gigabyte EG41MFT-US2H, the machine was purchased from a self build company (Ginger6)

I'm not familiar at all with the board - I did run a quick google search and it seems a lot of people have had issues overclocking with the board. I'm not very familiar with Gygabyte boards so someone else may be able to help you on this one.
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#10 Posted by G-Lord (2141 posts) -

[QUOTE="G-Lord"]

The Q6600, that brings back memories ;). Mine got fried one year ago but it was a trusted companion over many years.

I totally agree with acanofcoke. The Q6600 is easy to overclock, had mine running at 3.1 GHz. There is not much else that you can do without a total upgrade unfortunatley and it would be hard to get a faster CPU that fits your mainboard (which wouldn't help a lot anyway). I also wonder which GPU and how much RAM you have as these are important factors for Rome II.

JimmyMature

Thanks all, my spec is: GFX Nvidia GTX 650 TI (1GB) 8 Gig RAM I thought my machine would be able to handle Rome II but the time between 'turns' takes ages and the processor is 90% when running the game ;o((

Just checked out some tech reviews of the game. According to them, you should be able to run the game on high. RAM should be no issue, but the GPU might be a problem. My recommendation would be to upgrade the mainboard, CPU and GPU as a new GPU would just be bottlenecked by the CPU.

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#11 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -

[QUOTE="JimmyMature"][QUOTE="G-Lord"]

The Q6600, that brings back memories ;). Mine got fried one year ago but it was a trusted companion over many years.

I totally agree with acanofcoke. The Q6600 is easy to overclock, had mine running at 3.1 GHz. There is not much else that you can do without a total upgrade unfortunatley and it would be hard to get a faster CPU that fits your mainboard (which wouldn't help a lot anyway). I also wonder which GPU and how much RAM you have as these are important factors for Rome II.

G-Lord

Thanks all, my spec is: GFX Nvidia GTX 650 TI (1GB) 8 Gig RAM I thought my machine would be able to handle Rome II but the time between 'turns' takes ages and the processor is 90% when running the game ;o((

Just checked out some tech reviews of the game. According to them, you should be able to run the game on high. RAM should be no issue, but the GPU might be a problem. My recommendation would be to upgrade the mainboard, CPU and GPU as a new GPU would just be bottlenecked by the CPU.

A new Mobo, GPU and CPU isnt an option for me, that's a £600 plus budget i would guess....

Jim

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#12 Posted by Xsan3 (2618 posts) -

The Q6600, that brings back memories ;). Mine got fried one year ago but it was a trusted companion over many years.

I totally agree with acanofcoke. The Q6600 is easy to overclock, had mine running at 3.1 GHz. There is not much else that you can do without a total upgrade unfortunatley and it would be hard to get a faster CPU that fits your mainboard (which wouldn't help a lot anyway). I also wonder which GPU and how much RAM you have as these are important factors for Rome II.

G-Lord

Same Here, Such a good Chip.

 

Mine also fried, maybe pushing up 3.8ghz wasnt sucha good idea. I had even bought another one right after...But heck, since it began to finally show its age with the the newer games (And I really Wanted the Best out of SKYRIM) I went ahead and updated my whole rig.

I'm sticking with the i5 2500 these days, which I still feel has Plenty life yet, and without really overclocking too much, 3.3 to 3.7 - those are the Integrated Mobo OC options which actually work quite well.

But once I see a Serious degradation of performance, I'm definately gonna start pushing the limits.


Back to the OP's concern tho - Yeah, 3GHz is an easy OC, even with a Cheapy Stock Fan. You'll want to make sure though ur case has plenty fan flow tho...You could even make a small $30 or so investment on an aftermarket CPU Fan/Heatsink and really push the limits a bit higher, Depending the the Fan/heatsink, maybe 3.6GHz, but at that speed you'll want to do a little reasearch to get your voltages correct and  ratio's etc....But the Q6600 can still hold up. 

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#14 Posted by 04dcarraher (22760 posts) -

There is a way to overclock your cpu without having to go to your bios a fiddle with it. Its called the tape mod, All you do is cover a single pin on the cpu and the cpu instantly becomes a 3 ghz cpu.

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#15 Posted by mr_chalupa (176 posts) -

IMHO I would recommend you to upgrade the CPU. Overclocking it would be hard with the stock fan, so you would have to invest some money in order to do that (50 to 100 usd), and I think you would be better using that money with a new CPU that will guarantee the performance and also unlock the full power of your 650. Another thought on this, depending on how much you spend you become somewhat future proof. I would recommend getting at least a high end i5.

i5 4570 200usd

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4570-Quad-Core-Processor-BX80646I54570/dp/B00CO8TA4I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380295984&sr=8-3&keywords=i5

8gb kingston ram 1600mhz 70usd

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX1600C9D3K2-8GX/dp/B0037TO5C0/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380296241&sr=1-2&keywords=8gb+ddr3

ASUS MOBO 90usd

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-B85M-E-CSM-DDR3-Motherboard/dp/B00CRJU2X2/ref=sr_1_20?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380296672&sr=1-20&keywords=lga+1150

360 usd for your upgrade. Its not really the best build I could come up with but a decent enough one to get you by for a couple of years , so I hope you can use this as a guideline on what you can get since I noticed you talked about gbp.

EDIT: if you go the OC path, check your temps before doing anything. because my Q6600 was running around 80C- 85C with stock fan. (it may have been the thermal paste idk)

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#16 Posted by The_Animator420 (262 posts) -
you would have to invest some money in order to do that (50 to 100 usd), mr_chalupa
Not true. Moderate OCs are fine with a 212 evo for cooling. Its only 35 bucks and on sale for under 30 regularly. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
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#17 Posted by achilles614 (5289 posts) -
I have mine at 3.6 Ghz using a Corsair H70 cooler and a Gigabyte mobo. An overclock depends on many factors though so it may not work out as well for you. A moderate overclock to 3 Ghz will help some with game performance.
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#18 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6636 posts) -

There is a way to overclock your cpu without having to go to your bios a fiddle with it. Its called the tape mod, All you do is cover a single pin on the cpu and the cpu instantly becomes a 3 ghz cpu.

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04dcarraher

 

LOL, that is freaking cool, OP do this!  Btw, can you still OC the cpu further after this mod?

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#19 Posted by 04dcarraher (22760 posts) -

[QUOTE="04dcarraher"]

There is a way to overclock your cpu without having to go to your bios a fiddle with it. Its called the tape mod, All you do is cover a single pin on the cpu and the cpu instantly becomes a 3 ghz cpu.

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blaznwiipspman1

 

LOL, that is freaking cool, OP do this!  Btw, can you still OC the cpu further after this mod?

Not sure, you may be able too.
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#20 Posted by superclocked (5864 posts) -
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We need to know the motherboard you have.

It's likely if you got the PC from Dell or Bestbuy you won't be able to overclock it

JimmyMature
Thanks: I have a Gigabyte EG41MFT-US2H, the machine was purchased from a self build company (Ginger6)

Overclocking the CPU to 3GHz will push the CPU's power usage past 130w. The bare mosfets on your motherboard are not going to like that. Get a set of 8x Aluminum heatsinks (they're located in the UK for like 5 bucks), and install them on the chips that I highlighted in red (Be sure that the heatsinks are not touching any of the silver capacitors [the silver cylinders])... ugdw.jpg
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#21 Posted by JimmyMature (25 posts) -
Thanks for all the advice guys, I think I'm going to wait until I get my Xbox One and see how much I use the PC. If I still use it a lot then I'll go for a new mobo and CPU. Thanks again, Jim
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#22 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6636 posts) -

i highly recommend going with that tape mod mentioned. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and all it will take is ~15 mins of your time or so.