oke guys i hope you can help me, i am from sweden and have a dell xps 630 with a q6600 processor 4870x2 graphic card with 2 gig ram and 4 gig memmory@ 950. Still i get bad framerates in flight simulator x , my terrain loads slow, low fps and lag. I have latest drivers everything i need. My question is my monitor is a dell 20 inch 5 ms respons with 60hz, should i upgrade my monitor to a samsung syncmaster 22 inch full hd screen to improve my gaming performance in flight simulator x, or should i upgrade my processor to a q9550. I get only around 20 framerates and bad results in 3dmark06 and 3dmark vantage been testing both vista and xp, terrian lags and slow loads, i get 20 fps in flight simulator max and lot of lag with other costum plane, this is not only about flight simulator x but allover gaming.
First, I'm not sure whether that board even supports the 45nm quads, so I'd investigate that before jumping right in. Second, changing your monitor definitely won't change game performance, so I'd only do that if you are unhappy with the way your current monitor looks.
why not just overclock your cpu. i have a dell xps 630i like you and i run 9800GTX+ SLI and i get at least 13,500 in 3dmark with a Q9300. but unfortunately for me the cpu i chose cannot be overclocked with the 650i SLI mobo we get in it. the Q6600 can be overclocked by our mobo so i would do that before buying a new one. the clock speed of the Q6600 is 2.4GHz i believe and ive seen people get it up to around 3.6GHz so go read the toms guide to overclocking quads/duals and overclock that thing. your lucky you have that cpu. i chose the Q9300 because it was 45nm size and would run cooler if i overclocked but i get screwed by dell because the mobo cant do it. dell forums should have a list of the cpu's that will overclock in this system. check that out and save yourself some money.
I second the overclocking what you have option. Just checking but when you go from 20" to 22" you do know that if you are not carefull you could end up with the same resolution but with bigger pixels ?
20" 1400 x 1050 87.5 ppi 0.2903 mm 4:3 1.4 MP
20" 1680 x 1050 99.1 ppi 0.2564 mm 16:10 1.68 MP ----- This one
20.1" 1600 x 1200 99.5 ppi 0.2553 mm 4:3 1.83 MP
21" 1680 x 1050 94.3 ppi 0.2692 mm 16:10 1.68 MP and
21.3" 1600 x 1200 93.9 ppi 0.2705 mm 4:3 1.83 MP
22" 1600 x 1024 86.3 ppi 0.2942 mm 25:16 1.56 MP
22" 1680 x 1050 90.1 ppi 0.2821 mm 16:10 1.68 MP --------This one