, i have an old intel pentium 4 524 3.06ghz HT 533mhz(fsb) prescott CPU , PCI-E x16 1.0 slot and 2Gigs of DDR2 ram. For example if i put in it a 9600GT 1GB i will get a 30fps in GTA IV(for example, on low settings) and if i will put in a GTX series(gtx240,gtx550 etc.) 1GB Graphics card, will it perform any faster like 40fps? or will it decrease my performance? i dont really care about bottlenecks. just dont tell me to upgrade... i will get a better pc but for now i have this crap, so... Any suggestions? if so i will buy a new PSU for that card and the card.
You'll encounter a significant CPU bottleneck with whatever card you choose. Likely only going to get about 50% of the performance of the card if that. But if you're really considering buying a card now that you'll reuse when you build a new rig, then get something somewhat substantial. I wouldn't do anything lower than a 550Ti or a 7770.
Upgrading your graphics card now can improve game performance only to the extent where it gets bottlenecked by the CPU.
Since you will be using an i3 in the future, it won't be much of a waste to upgrade the graphics card now.
Get something like the GTX 650 Ti Boost, great value for money. You won't be able to fully utilize it with the Pentium 4, but you can transfer it to your new PC in the future. And when you add another similar card to SLI, you have a very powerful gaming pc.
But if you want to cut down on redundancy and cost for the most effective solution now, a HD 7750 is significantly more powerful than your 9600 GT, consumes less power, and can be had for less than $100.
and i can run gta iv on that x1300 at 20 30fps . but what i need to do there is a bug when i driving a car and i hit to anything like a wall, it becomes damaged, yes? but for me it shows like specular is messed up it is a light on the car top and the other car parts seems darker just top of the car is light and when this happens it drops to 9fps wtf is going on? it goes on like this on gta iv and eflc but i tried gta iv with patch 188.8.131.52- no bugs everything works as it should. this is only when i install patch 184.108.40.206 it gives more fps but this car damage bug appears does anyone know how to fix it ? the same in eflc when i damage the car, just a little hit to the wall or another car and it becomes bugged , another car also. no mods. its something with SHADERS folder. when i replaced 220.127.116.11 shaders with 18.104.22.168 shaders it goes normal no bug but fps is less so wtf? :x