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January 13, 2009 2:07:44 PM

hi I just want to know which is better to get more performance because i'm having some problems in games especially crysis. i have a very low frame rate in crysis the average is 15.7fps which is almost unplayable. should i get a GTX 295 oc edition or increase my RAM to 8GB?

my specs:
intel core 2 quad Q6600
MSI ATI 3870x2 OC edition
asus maximus extreme
150GB WD raptor
500GB seagate barracuda 7200.11
antec 900 case
corsair HX620 PSU
trancend DDR3 RAM 1333 1GB x 4
windows vista 64 bit SP1
lite on DVD burner

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January 13, 2009 2:16:39 PM

I dont think more ram will give you the performance increase you are wanting. A faster graphics card would benefit you more.

What other games do you play?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2009 2:17:33 PM

Going from 4GB to 8GB will not raise your FPS at all. The GPU would be the first thing to upgrade. The 620HX is going to be pushing it with the GTX 295, though. What resolution do you game at? If you run at a pretty low resolution, then the CPU could also be slowing you down unless it's overclocked.
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January 13, 2009 2:24:11 PM

the 620 probally could power the gtx 295 but it'd be close. Looking at some benchmarks the other day for the gtx 295, this will most likely bottleneck your cpu as well. Not that this is a bad thing but if you get slowdowns in the future it'd be because of your cpu, not your graphics card. I don't think you'll really see much of a preformance increase going from 4gbs to 8gbs. So ya, if you want higher fps in crysis go with a good gpu.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2009 2:36:59 PM

For about $200 you can get a single card that will smoke that 3870X2 (and for $100 more you can get better than this too)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200 Sapphire 4870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$300 Sapphire 4850X2

Either will easily run with your current PSU, and destroy your present card. Also the 295 will have no issues with your PSU. I listed these other two, because they are half the price of the 295.
January 13, 2009 2:56:28 PM

ya i think going with the 4870, or the gtx 260 (216) might be a wiser choice given you're setup. I think you'd see a major increase in preformance with this and save yourself a few hunderd bucks. I think the gtx 295 might be Overkill for the rest of your rig.

Thanks IHU8 for clarifing that the PSU will have no problems running on that power supply. (I suppose i could google this myself but do you know what the nvidia reccommended psu is for the gtx 295 and what would be an actual reccomended psu for this would be off the top of your head?)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2009 3:29:39 PM

The minimum Nvidia specs are 680W and 46A. The HX620 could do it, but it's closer than I'd personally cut it.
January 14, 2009 12:10:54 AM

merlinbadman said:
I dont think more ram will give you the performance increase you are wanting. A faster graphics card would benefit you more.

What other games do you play?


the games i usually play are crysis:warhead, far cry 2, GTA 4, red alert 3 and command and conquer 3 with kanes wrath.

resolution is 1280 x 1024 no aa
a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2009 1:32:34 AM

At that low resolution you could try overclocking your CPU to 3.2GHz - 3.6GHz.
January 14, 2009 2:13:31 AM

you've got a crossfire board there, get a 1 gig 4870
you might even be able to get a mild boost from your existing card in crossfire with it if your PSU is up to it
January 14, 2009 2:10:42 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
At that low resolution you could try overclocking your CPU to 3.2GHz - 3.6GHz.


but before i can overclock i will get first 1000W PSU such as antec truepower quattro. is this enough juice for my system?
January 14, 2009 2:16:36 PM

Yes, that'd be plenty of power for your rig. Actually it's a bit overkil. Could drop down to the antec 850 tpq if u want...
January 14, 2009 6:22:58 PM

In my opinion it sounds like you got a pretty good setup already, have you considered that your problem could be software, and or os related.....i had a system similiar to this but less ram only diff is i used windows xp it would play crysis fine and i even used a lower end video card......you might want to look into switching to windows xp


windows vista 64 bit SP1 --- this is probably your problem
January 14, 2009 6:52:32 PM

Instead of going out and buying a copy of xp (I have no problems with vista) You can run XP virtualy for any of your games from vista. Just right click on the .exe and go to properties. Go to the compatiblity tab and there you can run games from windows's OS's as old as Windows 95 if you so do please.
January 14, 2009 9:32:07 PM

I agree with previous posters here, OC'ing cpu if you are up to it and getting a better GPU. At the resolution you're playing at the 4870 should be plenty enough.
January 14, 2009 11:36:11 PM

i just want to thank you all guys for the help... :) 
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