I desperately need your help since i was brainwashed into buying the evga 7950 GT 512 mb. I aksed the Dell comunity forums and they said it should work fine. The Dell is a p4 2.8 ghz 1 gig x600 pro pci express.
here is the link to the new egg site an the comunity site:
That benchmark could probably be helped if you overclocked the card. Not too much.
Those temperatures are very normal.
Faster ram is always good, hopefully it works on your motherboard. It won't increase your framerate unless your harddrive light is constantly on within a game, but stuff will load a lot faster.
nV prefers that you have a 400watt PSU for the 7950GT and over 20amps on your 12v+ rail. Yeah, your 305 may not make it, if your amperage rating corresponds with the card, it will run, but when the card looks for more wattage and cannot get it, it will slow down resulting in frame loss, hitching, or locking up. IMO, upgrade the PSU. They are cheap.
Upgrade your CPU if you decide to go with a 8800. Your current P4 won't handle that monster well. This will mean changing your motherboard to which you may find a motherboard/CPU combo the best deal. A Core 2 Duo E6300 is cheap and will require either a socket 965 or 975 motherboard. AMD's X2's are dropping which - socket AM2 (newer) for a corresponding AM2 AMD X2 preferably. Overall, getting that 8800 will cause you to upgrade the CPU/Motherboard/and PSU. Expensive?
I'd get that 500w PSU, keep the 7950GT and wait untill the 8800 drops :wink:
Overclocking the CPU by a few 100 MHz should be fine with a factory fan on it. If you have the ability to step the fan up, do it.
ok so i got the card and i ordered a 1 gig stick because i think my cpu is actually holding back the card's true potential.
i bought the 1 gig pc 4200 240 pin 533 mhz corsair stick. Was this a good idea?
Also my temps are 48-50 stable and 65-68 under load. are those good?
i will tell you benchmarks as soon as i get the gig stick but for the moment i can tell you benchmarks soon.
Also i did definetly need that extra wire because my 2 free slots on psu where pretty far apart.
I am running oblivion bf2 fear combat all smooth at very high settings and cod 2 on everything max.
again ill list my real frame rates as soon as my gig stick comes to papa.
from what i hear amd is awesome for gaming and it certainly looks like my Pentium 4 is slowing down the gpu.
First off you should have ordered 2x- 512 sticks so you could run dual channel.... If you are running 3 sticks you are not running dual channel and slowing down the processor 3-5% not much but every little helps. Your dell if you ordered 1 gig it most likely came with 2x- 512.
You have the 915 intel chip set so the only processors are
"Intel Pentium 4 processor 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, or 570 with HT Technology
Intel Pentium 4 that runs at 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, and 3.8 GHz internally and 800 MHz externally"
As for your 3Dmark06 score you are fine. It doesnt matter what your 3dmark score is, just as long as the games you play are working well.
Your 305watt power supply is more than likely not enough for an 8800gts.
I currently have a Dell 9100 with 3.4 D and a 7950gx2 with no problems. But that 8800 series uses more power.
First off, yes you can cancel an order from Tiger. Second your benchmarks are fine for the system that you have. Right now the P4 is going to be your bottleneck. I would go to a Core 2 or an AMD X2 before i went with an 8800 card. Vacular is right. The way your memory is set up you need to get 2 sticks of 512mb ram.