Here's the specifications of my pc I'm currently using.. some components are way older but had to keep them you know...
CPU - Pentium 4 3.0Ghz Cedar Mill
VGA - Sapphire HD 4870 512Mb
Ram - Kingston 1Gb DDR2 667Mhz x 2
Mobo - Intel DG965WH
PSU - Zalman ZM750-HP 750w
I had to play games at 1024*768 resolution because of the 15" monitor I'm having. Currently playing prince of persia 2008,farcry 2 and nfs undercover. I noticed even that at this resolution when I set the graphics settings to max, some places in the game it runs well but sometimes it gives me performance issues.
now this is weird, I also tested the prince of persia 2008 and nfs undercover with max settings at 1440*900 but had the same issues with the performance. I mean I feel that the game performance is same at both resolutions.
I suspect that this is a bottleneck for the GPU so I've searched a bit on the net regarding this problem and there some people says that to avoid a bottleneck you must have atleast q6600 (stock clock is ok) or C2D higher processors. I don't know about my mobo and ram but hope they are ok for this GPU..
what do you guys think about this issue ? this mobo DG965WH has no OC facilities and the best processor it can handle is the q6600 ( fits to my budget also ). I'll think of buying the q6600 but please I need to make sure whether I'll be able to play games at 1024*768 and 1440*900 with max settings after buying q6600.
mehcrim, I provided a link to all compatible Core 2 CPUs for that motherboard (http://processormatch.intel.com/Co [...] me=DG965WH ), but unfortunately the E8400 isn't on that list. He'd have to buy a new motherboard along with an E8400 (which is what I'd do).
thanks for the replies guys anyway would you think that I can get away with good performance in games if I use q6600 and also avoid bottlenecking the HD4870 .because this board doesn't support e8400 the best option for me is q6600 ( I couldn't buy both the mobo and cpu so I'm hoping to get a q6600 for now and later I'll OC it with a new motherboard ) .