Also posted in the CPU section. Feedback will be appreciated.
As I've posted before, the upgrade bug has struck for no apparent reason.
As you can see from the sig, I'm running a firstname.lastname@example.org, 1 gig mem, and X1800XT 512 (OCd when I play Oblivion, stock for everything else). I know this is still a decent gaming setup, though hardly top of the line now a day. According to most benchmarks, the X1800XT OCd doesn't get beat by many cards (except the 8800s), and when it does, not by much (again, except the 8800s). If I did upgrade, I'd probably keep the VGA card for a while, probably at least another 6-12 months.
My question is, if I were to upgrade to a C2 4300 with 2 gigs of memory and OC the sucker, would I even notice much of an improvement in the games I play?
Obviously, I would notice in the video encoding department, but what about in game? If I did upgrade, would the improvement even remotely come close to justifying the expense (I would probably turn my 3500+ system into an HTPC and drop in my old 6600gt)?
Here's what I play mainly:
Oblivion at 10x7 High settings with 2AA+HDR
Rome/Medieval Total War (would like to get Medieval II)
BF2 12x9 max
Probably going to get Battlestations Midway and Supreme Commander.
Yup, the 1GB to 2GB upgrade would smooth things out a bit in some games. (BF2 for instance) Otherwise it's not a good upgrade when just considering games. Shoot, if he had an 8800GTX or dual high end cards, then I'd say go for it, but with a single X1800XT, I say no.
fps increase? I didn't really notice that myself. Just seemed to smooth out the framerates in some games. But I was trying to agree with you on the mem and was refering to the CPU when I said nope to the upgrade.
ohh, ok, but either way, unless that c2d is oc'd to beyond 3ghz, the cpu will be the limiting factor anyways, so unless the op can afford something beyond the x1800, then ram would be the best upgrades
I think you should get the 4300 with a ds3, but wait on the gfx card, the price on the x1950xt has dropped significantly already, and will probably will even more, so keep the current gfx, but upgrade the cpu and ram