my current setup: Asus A8N-SLI Athlon 3500+ (oc@2,4ghz) 2gb RAM ATI Radeon800XL 256MB
i want to buy a geforce 8800gts 320mb (320mb should be enough, my screen only supports 1280x1024). my question: does the 8800gts make any sense in my system? the powersupply is pretty much the only part i am sure doesn't need replacing (i replaced that 2 months ago when the old one died). how much of a bottleneck would my cpu be? at its current speed it is on par with an athlon 3800+, but of course far from modern dualcores. the cpu could possibly be overclocked higher, but not with my current ram. buying a new cpu/ram is not really an option, those parts are far too expensive for the amount of improvement i would see.
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It should be fine - you'll lose a few frames per second but nothing too significant unless you're playing the latest multi-threaded-optimised games.
IMO the 8800 GTS 320 was made for this sort of resolution.
thanks for the quick reply. i am also planning a mainboard/cpu/ram upgrade in a few months possibly, so i am just buying the graphics card a little early (and maybe my old system is good enough for a few months longer with the new card).
should be fine, you will get great frames, and untill the next gen of games your CPU wont have a big impact, think of this like the folks running there 7800GS on an XP3200 for an idea of preformace