My query: having invested the monies, will my new config run the higher end games? Far Cry 2, Crysis, etc. I'm basically a Half Life fan and am pretty sure that game shouldn't have any issues. I now feel that I should have gone for the GEForce 8800 GT/ 9600 GT.
Yes...the main bottleneck of your PC is that grapics card...
Even a ATI 4670 would have been good for running those games atleast @ low resolutions...
But the 9800GT/ HD4830/ H4770/ HD 4850 would be the best option...
Your rig is OK for new games apart from the graphics card and you might want to bring the memory up to 4Gb if you are running a 64 bit version of Windows.
What is your monitor resoloution?
What is your budget?
What, exactly is your PSU?
My RAM is already at 4GB and I'm running vista ultima at 32-bit (was advised that the 64-bit vista hangs up pretty often). Screen resolution is currently at 1024*768 (will be upgrading to a 19" Samsung touch). I have a 450 watt power supply. As for the budget, that will depend on what is necessary....I may stretch the budget out of greed for better performance!
Ah, that's what I get for running across several threads at once, 4Gb is fine!
Milos is, like me, unsure of the quality of your powersupply. It may seem fine, but a low qulity unit rated at 450W may not, in fact, give that much and, even worse, may lack protection, so if it is loaded heavily and fails, it can take the system with it! Now can you see why we need to know more details?
Right now I'd say the 9800GT (not GTX or GTX+) or HD 4770 are your best, safest options.
I can find no information on that powersupply, and what little I can find on Zebronics is less than good, the few 450W supplies I could find any information on are only showing a single 20A 12v output.
Until you can confirm the actual rating, I'm going to say the HD4770 or 9600GT is now the best option.
Wow! Never really thought of this. I always knew that the PSU was most essential in safeguarding the setup, just never researched on the different types! Now it turns out there's an ocean of options there too!!
Thanks for the inputs. I'm now looking at the following options on the PSU:
I think you mean the EA430?
Either way Corsair and Antec make top quality units and I would instantly recommend them to anyone who asks.
Not so sure about Visiontek but Raidmax seem to be unpopular here.
I know we've bullied you into spending far more than you intended but one last recommendation: Check the prices on the HD4850 or 9800GTX, they'll both run on the replacement power supplies and give a bit more punch. Obviously, I'm not suggesting you sell Granny for the upgrades, just making a suggestion.
Man, sure wish I came across this forum a bit earlier! Would have avoided the few extra bucks! But hey, a comp's gotta be what a comp's GOTTA be!
As for the PSU, I meant the EA480....higher wattage than the 430. Since I'm going in for slightly heavy duty stuff, what the heck!
Gonna be checking the prices of the HD4850/ 9800GTX. They're roughly around the same range. Dunno why, but I've kinda always gone for nVidia. Will post the info soon. Gotta get some dinner before granny DOES throw a fit!