I am planning on upgrading my current PC in the hopes that it will be a viable gaming platform in the interim period while the new technologies settle a bit. I Currently have a 2.0 Willamette core Pentium 4 with a 400mhz frontside bus on a 850 intel chipset.
As you may know this chipset has a 4x AGP, which is not a very good compliment to my 9800 Radeon Pro.
I plan on upgrading the processor to a 2.6 ghz pentium 4.
I would like to know if this is a viable upgrade, the system has 768mb or RDRAM 800.
How limiting is the fronside bus and agp to this system?
I play 3D games, most notably farcry and the new warhammer 40k dawn of war beta.
Will this upgrade provide a benefit, or at this point am i still limited by the video card becuse of the agp bus?
As a Far Cry full blown freakin' nut, you will need more of an upgrade than that to play high-resolution max level. How important is platform vs Vid card? My CPU heats up from 41C to 53C after intense play. You can't utilize all of AGP 8X anyway, so it's more platform holding you back than anything else. Just adding a 2.6B won't get you there!
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I'd get the 2.6A if you can still find one (that is, A as in Northwood 400 bus, not A as in Prescott 533 bus). AGP4x isn't a problem. Your system will probably be at most 15% slower than a similar 2.6C brand new system.
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