Athlon 64x2 4200
2GB of Ram
factory OC 9600GT
playing on 1440 x 900 res (19 inch screen) in Win XP
I plan on upgrading to a Athlon 62x2 5400 which is the highest CPU the Dell board supports (according to Dell).
Should I also upgrade to a 9800GT or even 4850? Will the 4850 get bottle-necked by the CPU? An extra 4-5 FPS is not worth the extra $30 for me but +10FPS would be.
Power is not an issue, I use a PC Power & Cooling 500w PSU but space is, GPU needs to single slot.
well, if your mobo can overclock your 4000+ to at least 3GHZ, you shouldnt have any bottleneck with the 9800gt. if you did get the 5400+, make sure to get the Black Edition. it can be ovclocked to around 3.4GHZ and possiibley upward if you have good cooling. you shouldnt get bottleneckage too badly since you currently have a dual core 4000+ so i would say go for the 9800gt. graphics upgrade gives you the most gaming improvement;)
Dells do NOT overclock. At best you miight find the PLL for your motherboard and tweak it with ClockGen.
9600GT to 9800GT is almost nothing. I really do not recommend upgrading to anything less than a GTX260/4870. The difference in performance is negligible with any lesser card.
I really recommend saving up and buying a new PC later on. That rig is fine for at least another 3-5 months.
1. i need to use the stock HSF so I don't think the CPU will OC
2. I don't need a 260 or 4870 since neither will fit and I play on XP with a screen res of just 1440x900. As is I can max out WoW and LOTRO (with no shadows on both), Fallout 3 plays on high and Crysis-Warhead plays on med-high.
3. this PC will need to last me another 12 months unless you want to buy me a new one.