I just got a GIGABYTE HD4870 1GB video card along side a Corsair TX750W power supply.
Well my system is set up with 4gb DDR 400MHz ram, Asus A8N-E motherboard and a AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ processor. I think I made a mistake of buying such a powerful video card without upgrading the CPU first because I can't even run World of Warcraft, COD4 or COD5 at max settings and my Macbook pro gets higher fps. My goal was to get a new computer but upgrade part by part.
So as of now I'm pretty disappointed and wanted my question answered. It's my CPU and ram that are holding back the full performance of the 4870, correct? Also, any recommendations to look at in the future for a new CPU/Motherboard/Ram combination would be appreciated.
Thanks for the replies. For most games I try to play at 1400 x 1050. That's what my monitor supports and I expected the 4870 to be able to handle 1400 x 1050. I have not considered OCing as I don't have any cooling installed and would be a newbie to that aspect. It is a 939 socket. I also cleanly formatted and installed 8.12 drivers.
So am I right in thinking that the reason for poor performance is that the card isn't being backed up with a strong processor and ram?
Well it is the new Macbook Pro. T9400 @ 2.53 ghz and a 9600GT @ 512mb. This runs call of duty and world of warcraft better than my PC right now. 2 Gigs of DDR was about $80 Canadian. In WoW I get about 25 FPS @ 1400x900 on the mac everything on high. On my PC I get 10-12 FPS @ 1400x1050 everything on high, on medium it's about 25.