I don't know that I need a different card than the one just picked up but I just want to make sure it will do justice to the games. I played Bioshock with my current config. it did ok, but it did freeze up from time to time. I've been going back & forth between 9800 gtx+ oc 1gb and the gtx 260 (216core).....hoping to make the right choice.
Ok well to be honest the card wont be the problem your CPU is a bit on the slow side and while you probably wont actually notice it it will probably restrict your GPU's Max FPS, I only mentioned it before someone else did its not the end of the world though.
You do really need more Ram though get another 1gb or even buy a matched pair if you can afford it and run them in dual channel mode,
Ok, thanks! yeah I picked up the additional RAM. I'll be stepping up to 3GB of Ram.
I didn't want to overhaul the entire system, so I was hoping I might get a little better game (& overall) performance with a better primary HD, increased Ram, and better GPU. And with running them in dual channel mode as you suggested you think that will give me better performance?
invisik.... yeah, I wasn't sure if I was spending too much. If I can save money but get a better card that would be great!
I don't know if I can use that card. my mobo is a nvidia chipset. Does that make a difference?
@ Mactronix...no actually I didn't know that concerning the dual channel setup. I currently have 3x1GB modules, so will I be able to do the 2x512mb, does that mean I need get (2)521mb modules or should I pick up another 1gb module and do (2) 2x1gb?
I guess I should also consider changing my OS to Vista so I can utilize 4gb, if I do get another 1gb module.
Yes please throw out any thoughts/ideas, I need all the help I can get. I appreciate it!
If it was me i would be switching to Vista 64bit as this would allow for the extra Ram. Then you could run 4GB 4x1gb (if they work in dual channel mode) they usually need to be matched to work but you could be lucky.
If you stick with a 32bit OS you will be limited to 4GB, your GPU would use 1gb for a start so you would have at most 3GB and it may not see all of that either.
Depends on your budget really but i really prefer the HIS ICEQ TURBO card. Is it worth the extra $70 or so well thats for you to decide. Both the cards you linked to are also from HIS, the referance Radeon version will probably run quite hot and im slightly worried the other has no reviews.