I have 3 rigs and the slowest one consist's of the following:
Socket 478 Abit V7 Mobo Intel Celeron D 2.8ghz 256 kb cache, 512 mhz fsb, (OC'D TO 3.6 GHZ) Nvidia 5700 ultra 128mb AGP 1gig OCZ DDR 400 value series Memory hard drive,dvd burner,etc,etc
All the major stuff is listed for my main question. I play CSsource constantly and had the Intel Celery runnin at stock speeds. I figured I would gain a few FPS by overclocking the sh*t out of it. Now its at 3.6 stable cause 3.8 was giving the BSOD. Well at stock the game was coming in at between 15-35 FPS. With the overclock of both CPU (3.6) and vidcard I only gained 10 more fps! WTF! Okay I understand this rig is not exactly a game killer but it should fair decent. Getting straight to the point I know again that overall the build is slow but by upgrading to a faster AGP card be more benificial or would the CPU gain more advantage? Which is the bottlneck? I know they both are but which one is worse? Everyones opinion is much appreciated. I can only affored to do one upgrade.
P.S. My in-game settings for CSsource are at 1156x864 and even going to 800x600 gains me only about 5 FPS more. Trilinear No AA Shader is on LOW Shadows High (no difference when changed to low)
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You will see a bigger difference with the GPU than the CPU. A 10fps gain isn't bad within the 30fps range. A X1950Pro would give you a very significant gain.
I agree with mr. blacken. When upgrading your GPU, you also need to look at your PSU. What are your PSU specs?