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Upgrade Dilema: 8800 GT or new CPU/Mobo/RAM

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November 15, 2007 11:37:16 PM

Current System Specs:
X2 3800+
Abit AN8 32X
2GB DDR3200
2x GeForce 6600(SLi)
24" Dell LCD

Games I wanna play:
The Witcher
Bioshock
Neverwinter Nights 2 - MOB
Assassins Creed (when released)

My question:
Given what I have and what I want to do which component in my system represents the biggest bottleneck? I'm thinking it's prolly the GPUs but wanted some outside opinions. I'm also looking at this in terms of future games (like Assassins Creed and others). I think for now I want to be able to play NWN2-MOB and The Witcher at fairly high res 1600x1200+ w/mostly everything everything turned on and run at a brisk FPS. Would this be viable with the my current system specs sans old 6600 + 8800 GT? Or would it be better to bite the bullet and upgrade everything? Any help appreciated!
thnx yall-





November 15, 2007 11:44:48 PM

8800GT imo. The cpu could use an upgrade, but isn't that bad.
November 15, 2007 11:53:03 PM

Forgot too mention that it's a 939 mobo as well which significantly limits what CPU I can upgrade too (basically the only viable chip for the price @ socket 939 = x2 4200). Would the move from 3800+ to 4200+ make that much of a differnece in regards to the before mentioned games?
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November 16, 2007 12:09:22 AM

The 8800GT or the HD3870 would really be your choice of upgrade. CPU/Mobo/Ram is for faster system loading times and it will improve FPS a bit, but the key is your video card (even if bottlenecked by your cpu), a faster gpu is more significant than faster ram and cpu in the games you want to play.
November 16, 2007 12:10:04 AM

Yeah I saw the same chart - not much of diff indeed. What do you think about this:

Keep current SLi 6600's and upgrade too:
x2 5000+ Black (OCed to 3.0ghz)
2GB PC6400
ASUS M2N-E SLi mobo

and then wait for the 8800GT to come down a lil bit in price (and become available for that matter ;) 
thnx blacken.
November 16, 2007 12:10:16 AM

go with the video card upgrade, it'd make the biggest difference
November 16, 2007 12:11:03 AM

thnx johnyeah
November 16, 2007 12:11:56 AM

thnx all-
November 16, 2007 12:13:58 AM

If you want to get something soon, 3870 is really your best choice. Even though the performance is not as top notch as the 8800GT, but it's price and availability right now on newegg is one reason I'd go for it.
November 16, 2007 12:19:23 AM

I dont think that upgrading from the 3800 to the 4200 would make enough of a difference to warrant the cost, instead overclock your current cpu a little.

I would get the video card, either the 8800gt or 3870 and then when that system isnt playing games at the resolution that you want it to, then i would get a whole new rig.
November 16, 2007 12:27:22 AM

hex - "and become available for that matter
thnx blacken"

Oh, yeah. One teetsy weetsy detail I left out... cough :) 
johnyeah is right.
November 16, 2007 12:36:12 AM

Actually it appears that newegg is sold out of the 3870 as well - in one day i might add. Next best thing (after 5min of looking) is @ TigerDirect for $259. Supply and demand can be a real SOB sometimes ;) 
cheers all-
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