help! This may be covered somewhere else in the forum-but I figured one of the regulars here (Crashman ?) would give me the best answer.
Asus P4P800, 3.2 GHz P4 OC'd to 3.5 (and stable), FSB 880 mhz
1 GB OCZ PC3200 dual channel
ATI 9800 Pro 128 mb memory running at: Memory - 337.50 MHz
Engine - 378.00 MHz
I play a lot of DAOC, an MMORPG online, and with the latest upgrade to their graphics engine (Darkness Rising), in busy areas, my framerate sux-system turns into a slideshow or crashes to the desktop. I tried OC'ing the card with PowerStrip about 10% with no noticable difference.
Yeah yeah, I know that I should upgrade to PCI-E but it's not time to build a new system yet.
What do you think would give me the best bang for the buck and utilize the system the best-I don't want to underpower the grfx, but also don't want to overbuy. Plus-when I get the resources together I'll be putting together a new system at some point but it probably won't be for at least 6 months. In the meantime I can't put up with this performance. This system will stay together also after a new one is built.
When the areas aren't crowded it does OK-when there is a lot of graphics action, lots of players in the same area it's down to probably 2-3 fps or less and then at times will lock up requiring a reboot.