Ok guys/gals I have a question regarding either to upgrade my video card (and power supply) or wait to upgrade my pc (could be a long time).
I currently have a 6600GT, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, and 2 gigs of ram. I mostly play WoW and that is about it. With the recent upgrade to WotLK I have started to get some lag with video animations. So my question is; should I upgrade to say a 9800GT and get a new power supply or will that not even fix my problems? I have around $200 dollars to spend or I can save it and wait. If I get the video card it could be a really long time to get the rest of the parts for a new PC.
So basically, will I see a big difference between a 6600GT and a newer card around $100?
Thanks in advance for your help.
I like to play the game at 1680X1050. Is my video card the bottleneck here or is something else holding me down?
I definitely think you'd see a benefit. I know I personally went from a 7300LE card to a 9600gt and saw a huge performance jump.
This would definitely be pushing it, but because you say it may be a long time before you can upgrade again, you might take a look at an ATI 4670. They run about 80 bucks on newegg, though I saw one for 69.99 recently. But it's probably on average just a little slower than a 9600gt, though in some benchmarks it's said they trade punches.
Nice thing about the 4670 is power consumption. What do you have as far as a PSU right now? With a 4670 if you have say a 400 watt power supply or better, even a cheap one, you should be able to run it, as it does not even have an external power connector on the card. So it's made more for low power applications.
That said you could take your cash maybe grab that, and then if you have a 64 bit OS, grab a little more ram and maybe overclock your 4200+, or even do a chip upgrade. Couple of ideas for you to go with. But I would say your video card is your biggest bottleneck at this point. Remember, at higher resolutions, your cpu is actually needing to work less. So if memory serves, if you ask guys on here, they'd probably tell you the same.
What kind of 400w PSU do you have? is this a home build machine or a brand name? Either way if you want a cheap upgrade and want to keep your PSU, hands down the 4670. I installed one of these in a build for a guy who just wanted a nice card. It does NOT have a pci-e power connector and takes all the juice from the board. It is equivilent to about a 9600GT card.
If you are looking to upgrade your PSU with an older system like that I would suggest the 4850. My buddy has an AMD 4800+ at stock and he just got an HIS 4850 1GB card. It runs REALLY well.