I was going to go all out the other day abd buy a £1000+ gaming rig, but I have had to take a step back as I getting out of control.
I don't want to spend too much, but want to improve my Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gaming experience.
I currently have a Core 2 Duoe E6660 OCed to 3.2GHZ with a passive cooling stack, running on an Asus P5B motherboard (LGA775), 4GB PC2-6400 RAM (3GB addressable, mobo limitation) and a GeForce 8800GTS 512Mb - running on Win 7 Ultimate 64bit.
I can run the game at 1920x1080 on my 23" Samsung monitor, but can get some choppiness at times so generally run multiplayer at 1600x900 with all settings High and I get a fairly consistant game of 25-50fps, but it still isn't "smooth".
I was looking at upgrading the mobo and CPU to help things along, or do you think the performance issues may lie elsewhere?
I looked at the Core 2 Quad Q9400 and an Asus P5G41C-M LX motherboard. which was about £200.
I could use my old RAM and hopefully my CPU cooler on this but really don't know if I'd be better off spending the money on a new GFX card instead.
I have decided to get a new HD5850 (XFX) and a new Q9400 which will tin on my current mono. I then have the option to upgrade the mobo at a later date as it's PCI-E 1.1. Doesn't sound like it's going to be an issue at this time but will be one day. Could probably get a new mobo next month anyway!
If you are thinking about a new mobo then don't even think about that Q9400 it will be a waste of money to buy some thing that will not be upgradable, instead gor for something like this Intel Corei7 920 D0 SLBEJ Bloomfield 45nm, 2.66 GHz with a Socket: 1366 mobo.
At least then you will have an up to date setup with options to upgrade CPU later
I understand and am aware of this. I just need a performance boost to breathe a bit of life into the old dog. The gfx card will do most of the work I'm sure. I did look at a complete i7 system and got really carried away. I'll sell the processor and mobo to put towards a new rig after this thing called a wedding I'm meant to be saving for!
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