hey guys, late november 2007 i, with the help of a friend, built my first rig, It runs half life 2, oblivion, crysis, and far cry 2 all on pretty high settings, well far cry 2 bogs occasionaly lol but. here are the specs.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Now, as you can tell its a bit outdated.. haha how did that happen so fast.. anyways, I have been wanting to upgrade, I was planning on maybe getting an Nvidia 9 series G-card or going SLI, but this time i dont have the help of that friend, so i wanted some other opinions as to what you guys think needs upgrading most, and i have some other questions
Can someone inform me more about HDD's mine which is 7200 RPM, i was wondering per say how much RPM's effect gaming performance etc
Could i run Vista (well)?
To add Ram do they need to be the exact same models and manufacture?
SLI-ing 2 of my cards VS. New 9 series (or other) card ??
Answering any of my questions would be a huge help, thanks alot guys
Personally, I have 2 of those 8800 GTS cards in SLI and I don't have any problems with the games I've played with them (Left 4 Dead, TF2, HL2, Bioshock, Fallout 3).
Keep in mind that, while it is a good idea to have a quality PSU, it's probably not going to increase your PC's performance by installing a new one. I'd replace that one though.
Upgrading RAM is good, it's nice and cheap. Go for 4 GB but keep in mind, unless you're running a 64-bit version of Windows you'll probably only see 3 or 3.5 GB of RAM. Still a worthwhile upgrade though.
Guess it all depends if you want to go a little cheaper and get another 8800 GTS (less than $100 I believe) and use SLI or just get a better, single video card. If I was building a new system I'd opt for the single, more powerful video card but for upgrades it can be a tough call. You really should take advantage of SLI at some point as a good upgrade.