Im upgrading in about a month with $300 and I would like to know what would be the most beneficial upgrade for me CPU or GPU, my current setup is:
Pentium D 925 3.0ghz ECS Alhena5 Mobo ATI RC415/ATI SB600 Chipset (cheap) 7950GT 256mb 2GB DDR2-533 Windows Vista
If I upgrade to a new cpu that means Im going to need a new mobo because my current one only supports up to a pentium d. Also I cant go above 1024x768 with my monitor so high res isn't important to me and I upgrade every 6-8 months. From what I heard the 8600GTS are junk so should my 7950GT be able to get better fps in games like gears and pro street with a nice C2D?
I did some of my own benchmarks using fraps and you can see an apparent CPU bottleneck until Crysis.
Gears of War Default Video Settings 800x600 Avg: 54.633 - Min: 31 - Max: 62
Gears of War Default Video Settings 1024x768 Avg: 49.566 - Min: 29 - Max: 61
NFS Pro Street Max Settings No AA/AF 640x480 Avg: 21.183 - Min: 14 - Max: 32
NFS Pro Street Max Settings No AA/AF 1024x768 Avg: 19.966 - Min: 13 - Max: 30
Crysis Medium Settings No AA/AF 800x600 Avg: 21.114 - Min: 0 - Max: 53
Crysis Medium Settings No AA/AF 1024x768 Avg: 15.151 - Min: 0 - Max: 35
How many OCing options does your mobo have, you might want to OC that chip as some of those are supposed to clock pretty high, then maybe look at a 3850 on the video card end. Or a 3870.
Definately upgrade your cpu. Get a p35 board and e2180 or e4500 and an aftermarket cooler and oc them to 3.0ghz.