hey all, i currently have a pre-built sony vaio... unfortunately i didnt know buying a prebuild would give me problems.. or at least thats what some ppl have told me. I was lookin for an upgrade within a month or so. 2 x 1024 mb ddr2 667mhz of ram, a new PSU and hopefully one of nvidia 8600 series.
processor: Intel Pentium D 820
chipset: Intel i945P
currently 2 x 256 MB DDR2-SDRAM PC2-4300
mainboard : intel prague
would this bottleneck the vid card even if i get the new RAM and PSU? If so, what would i need to get to prevent this without building a new rig.. sigh. A processor maybe?
Your CPU should do fine paired with the 8600. Your not going to notice much difference in frame rates (if by one or two) or a upgrade worthy load-time increase from 4300 (533) to 5300/5400 (667). It's a pitty about your mainboard being the natively un-overclockable Intel - otherwise, you'd be able to overclock the 820 and PC2 4300 to get full worth. You may just want to focus on a secondary manufacturers motherboard; 975/965 for longevity. Pending on your plans - this is what I would look into.
Quanity. Hell yes if your a gamer, tend to run multiple applications at once and for running Vista. Yet the speed is what I was talking about.
Running DX10 on XP will not happen although WineHQ is developing an OpenGL end that will allow you to emulate DX10. Don't get your hopes up though. You'l be stuck with 9.0c at the latest. If you want DX10 in it's full glorry :roll: , you should buy Vista. Vista is backwards compatable, so it will run DX9, 8, and 7 (if I remember correctly). 2gb of ram will have you set with Vista. 512 will be a bit short.