Well, its that time again. I have just bought Empire Total War, and I am not satisfied with how my rig is handling the game at all.
This time I am considering just going for a graphics upgrade though, and wait a while before I do something else to the rig.
that system doesn't need to be scrapped IMO. What you should consider however is overclocking your cpu. Consider buying a good CPU cooler and attempting a light overclock (not difficult with some research). This is a cheaper alternative to try before purchasing a new GPU. However, you GPU will probably start to struggle with today's games. What resolution are you running at?
I usually run them at 1920 * 1200. I dont care that much about jaggies when I play, but I like having everything else maxed out when ever I can.
I have considered overclocking the cpu, but Its been very long since I did that last, but it could be worth a try. As far as I know the q6600 is a rather easy cpu to overclock.
I also agree that the primary bottleneck seems to be my GPU.
You're right about the Q6600 being easy to OC. And your Asus P5N-E motherboard should handle that well.
With even a modest aftermarket CPU cooler you should be able to reach 3.2~3.4Ghz without too much trouble.
The good news for you is that either a HD 4870 1GB or GTX 216/260 896MB video cards are a very nice upgrade and should handle that 1920x1200 resolution very well.
I really appreciate it. It seems like I will do a bit of overclocking in the future. Already browsing for some new cpu cooling, and new cabinet fan. I think I will buy the xfx card that I linked earlier, just because I have better experience with nvidia cards than ATI cards.
Anyone here got that card or similar, and can give me a bit of info on it ?