Hey guys, just looking for some advice. My current system:
Two gigs of RAM
74 Gig Raptor
320 Gig Seagate
120 Gig WD
Asus a8n-sli motherboard
I'm basically looking for not a fresh system but just a small upgrade to this one. I was thinking just the graphics card to help me play some games like Red Alert 3 and such. My budget is no more than 300-500 dollars max as I don't want to break the bank. I was torn b/w the ATI 4850 and 9800GT, both of which I can buy for 199 and 159 respectively. Keep in mind I am in Canada. My biggest question is how much will that CPU bottleneck my system and is there something cheap I could put in to replace the 3500+ as it is only a 939 socket and I'm not sure what would work with this.
Thanks in Advance
Edit: I have a 620 watt OCZ gamexstream power supply that should be able to handle any graphics card I decide to use. Thanks
Depends on the resolution you are going for. But with the new cards like 4850 on that CPU theres some bottleneck. The thing is.. if you plan to get a new card now and hope to save up for a board/cpu upgrade, by that time a newer card might come out. IMO - I'd just wait and save up so that I can just upgrade in 1 go. CPU, Board, and GPU.
To be honest, if you want to upgrade that system go for the 9800gt. You'll see a really big jump in performance over your old card. Save the rest of your money until you can afford a major upgrade. My internet machine used to be my gaming machine. It has an oc'ed 4800 dual core, 4gig of ocz platinum, an a8nsli 32 deluxe mobo and a gts 640 card in it. I did , for a short time run a spare 4870 in it and it seemed to be matched well, but it didn't play one of my favorite online games ( spearhead ) so I put the 640 back in. Driver issue I assume and ATI hasn't made a driver that runs it yet........ may never ... ?????
The 939's performance is extremely dated and can't keep up with the demands of newer software anymore. Each new game that comes out seems to make it more so apparent. Even a lower end core2 duo runs better...... Hope this helps, good luck
I agree that you should opt for a temp option while you save up fpr a full upgrade.
How about getting a sweet dual core and considering the price of say 8800's you could go SLI for a while seeing as tho your mobo supports it. Should be able to do that on 2gb of RAM, but get a better CPU
Thanks to Proximon for helping me out and thanks to all you guys. My last few questions would be this:
A. Seeing as the CPU is my most expensive part is there anyway I could get something less or is this pretty much the best value for money I'm looking at?
B. Would you see sense in buying a 9800GT for now to hold me out, and then later upgrading with the mobo, ram, and cpu say in January or late December?
C. I know changing mobo's would mean most likely a complete reinstall of windows but would that be the same with the video card or would my system be happy as is?
Thanks for all the help guys. Just for reference, I'll most likely be buying from www.infonec.com since they are my local supplier and I've done business many times before with them.