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January 21, 2008 2:08:09 PM

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

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January 21, 2008 2:25:50 PM

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.
January 21, 2008 2:28:37 PM

Definately upgrade your cpu. Get a p35 board and e2180 or e4500 and an aftermarket cooler and oc them to 3.0ghz.
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January 21, 2008 2:47:50 PM

I have absolutely 0 overclocking options ;P

with vakers suggestion ill probably upgrade to a E4500 been scoping it out for a month now just have to decide on a nice mobo, need a micro atx also ;(
January 21, 2008 9:02:55 PM

get gigabyte-p31 with e2180 or e2200 or the 4500
Try and get some value ddr2 800 too
Your GF card is more than you already need ;d