I primiarly use my pc for playing games primarily warcraft. My system:
x2 5000 512kb L2
OCZ GameXtreme 600w
25" Asus widescreen
I primarily play WoW which in itself is not a graphic intensive game. However I notice that when looking around sometimes I get stutters. I dont want to upgrade my mobo at this point so I ordered a 6400 x2 and was wondering if you think this would help me see an improvment? Or if I should just send the chip back?
One other though I have is I am also using my onboard NIC. Do you think this could be a potential problem? Should I buy a seperate pci NIC?
Stutters happen on my rig too. Problem is how WoW loads textures and how many textures have to be loaded while playing (think of all the different armour graphics you see when sitting in Dalaran) along with the shadows, which really eat GPU power.
With the processing power of today's CPUs, using onboard NIC and sound card don't really make that huge of a difference, 1-2 fps tops, so using the onboard NIC isn't a major factor. If you're thinking of buying one of those Killer NICs, don't. They're a waste of money.
Never said it wouldn't help at all, it will help some all right, but don't expect miracles from WoW's graphics engine, it's pretty ancient at this point (they've said there'll be a new engine with the next expansion, which would be welcome)
I hope you made sure your board supports that 6400 before you ordered it . Anyway while the 6400 is certainly a significant improvement over the 5000, I think your bigger issue is your GPU. Even with the stock cooler your CPU shouldn't have too much of a problem passing 3GHz, assuming it has the G2 stepping anyway. Overclocking the 5000 means stepping up the 6400 will be a smaller gap, so if you're not afraid to overclock you would be better served by sending back that 6400 and investing in a better GPU like a Radeon 4870 (they are just so cheap now ^_^).