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January 15, 2008 7:48:39 PM

I just bought a 1080p 24" screen and now my games run rubbish. i currently have

gigabyte ds3 (non sli) mainboard
6400 2.4ghz overclocked to 3ghz
2gb 800mhz ddr2 ram
8800 gts 640mb
3dmark of 9265 @ 1280x1024

so i'm thinking should i just upgrade my mainboard and add another gts card?

or am i looking at doing the memory and cpu too?

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January 15, 2008 8:19:27 PM

I would wait until the 9800 series is released then upgrade to one of them.
January 15, 2008 8:23:18 PM

I agree... stick with what you have now and run at optimal resolutions with settings to medium then when new cards come out get a high end of one of them like the 3870X2
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January 15, 2008 8:24:29 PM

ah i hadn't even thought about that. I've had my gts for a year now, and just built a system for my bro, was surprised to see the 8800 still as the top o range.

just noticed some chaps overclocking gpu's so maybe try that to tie me over.
January 15, 2008 8:31:09 PM

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or am i looking at doing the memory and cpu too?
Nope. The CPU and the RAM are perfectly fine for now.

When you run things at 1080p (1900x1080) you don't need AA set as high to have smooth edges. Try using just 2x or maybe none at all. That should improve performance a bit without really impacting quality. I run a similar setup w/ a lower clocked CPU and still get a steady 50-75FPS from CS:S at 1900x1200 (All settings High, 8xAF, 2xAA)

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just noticed some chaps overclocking gpu's so maybe try that to tie me over.
I've got the same GPU and I've been considering the same thing.
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