And also I have 1.50 gigs of pc3200 ddr ram in my pc now should i buy another gig of it pump it up alittle? my pc should be good for awhile with that stuff until i need to get an new quad core processor.
However, your CPU will be a bottleneck to the card.
I would recommend a CPU upgrade first. That would be your best bet.
Benchmarks have shown that newer graphics cards are bottlenecked by single-core processors. I had the same setup you do (pretty much, AMD 3700+, Asus A8N32-SLI, 7950GT), and when I upgraded to a dual-core processor, performance increased dramatically.
So a new CPU should be in order long before the 8800.
So what is the easiest way to get a real good new processor that I won't need to upgrade for awhile what do u guys think with that motherboard? Or should I just get a new mobo and processor im interested in the quad cores from intel q6600 and higher, im not the best pc kinda guy in the world so whats the easiest thing to do and best economically and physically
Get an Opteron 170 for your socket 939 board. This is a dual core and you should be able to overclock it to at least 2.7GHZ, perhaps 3GHZ if you are lucky. For a small outlay this processor will last for a good while.
Basically I have 1000$ budget I guess to buy a new processor and mobo if needed and some ram, atleast the new processor which I need dramatically from my amd 64 3500+ i have in my PC now. What do u guys recommend, again for best and easiest install, because im not real good with pcs like that.
This is assuming you want to use the $1000 budget you have, instead of just upgrading your cpu and gpu.
The 939 socket is pretty much dead, so you'll have to get a new motherboard and processor anyway after a while, so you're better off with the above in my opinion.
You could go the AMD route, but it would be around $900 (assuming you get a decent am2 motherboard and an a64 x2 6000+), but seeing as you can get a better dual-core (the e6750) with much better overclockability for almost the same price (maybe an extra $20-$30), it would be wiser to go the intel route.
If you prefer to just not upgrade all this at once, just get a better cpu for your 939 mobo, but know that soon enough you will probably have to upgrade again, so doing it now might save you some money in the long run.
That is very true.
But the tests they did with the 8800GTX a while after it was released, show that the better the processor was, the more performance you got out of it. The 8800GTX yielded more fps (a considerable amount of them) the better and the faster the CPU got.
If he sticks to his current CPU and gets an 8800GTX, it will be bottlenecked by the CPU and he won't get the most out of it.
Easiest: Put in the s939 Opty and OC later. Upgrade to 2 gig's of RAM, if wanted. Install 8800gtx and make sure 600w PSU is of decent quality with at least 28A on 12v rail (am I right on the 28amps?). Approximate cost to upgrade ~$700 or so (GPU/CPU/PSU). Should be good for a couple of years more. Socket 939 is dead, but definately not too bad.
Better: e6750 or x2 5600 (or 6000). New mobo/RAM/PSU/CPU/GPU, approximate cost to upgrade this way ~$950 give or take. This all depends on which way you go. AMD would be a bit cheaper, but if you OC a little the Intel would be better off in the long run.
Better/Best: $950 or so.
its probably more sensible to say "the 7950 WAS an uber card"
but I reccomend the OP to get a new processor (not very expensive to go dual core nowadays) and get an 8800 gts and it will probably cost similar amounts and yield and damn sight more FPS
Total on Intel build - $1,075 - $112 in MIR's = $963!!
I would only use 1 of these 2 options, if your wanting to get a newer build. If it was up to me, I would get the Opty for $150 and OC it close to 3.0 gig and get yourself a 8800gts 640mb. This would be easy to do and get the most bang for the buck (I believe) for about $500.
I have the same card 7950 gt/oc with 512 ddr3 and with my E6400 I runn all games on the highest settings...I keep looking for more settings but they are maxed out!
Your 3500+ is already a bottleneck so move up the processor chain first!
sorry, but does every GF 7 series dont support anti aliasing?, the 7900gt? too?
ALL Geforce 7 series cards are unable to use OpenEXR FP16(or 32) HDR with antialiasing. The reason Half-Life 2 can use HDR with antialiasing comes from Valve's use of a integer based HDR system, and it's the only one of it's kind. Some titles using FP16 HDR include Far Cry, Oblivion, Serious Sam II, Age of Empires III, World in Conflict, Cell Factor, Crysis, and all Unreal3 based games. While I'm sure that there are many that I missed, this should be enough to give you an idea. Nvidia dropped the ball with the Geforce 7 series and not being able to use antialiasing with HDR the way the Radeon X1x00 series could. Technically Geforce 7 series cards could use super sampling antialiasing with HDR, but it would hurt performance drastically.