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September 2, 2009 8:54:33 PM

Should I stay with my AGP rig witch is: an ASUS P4S800 Mobo, a P4 @ 3.4GHz, 1.5GB of PC3200 RAM, and an Sapphire HD3850 AGP Video Card.

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Should I get this PCI-E setup: an MSI Mobo(not sure what model), a Core 2 Duo E4600, 2GB for PC5400 RAM,and an HIS HD2600Pro Video Card.

If I get the PCI-E parts they will be coming from a friend and they all work as ive seen it before. I would just like to know if I would loose any performance due to the 2600Pro not being as strong as the HD3850. Please don't point out any suggested changes because I have no money to spend currently, I'd just like to know if the PCI-E rig would be better or about the same.

Edit: I mostly play games like: Crysis, COD4, COD2, NFSMW, GRAW 2 at 1024x768 res and id like to have them at med to high detail with adequate performance. I'd like to know which rig would be better for that.

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September 2, 2009 9:08:01 PM

The AGP card is significantly stronger, the PCI-E rig will be weaker at medium to high detail levels and medium to high resolution, at low detail and low resolution the PCI-E setup will out perform it if its an older single cored P4 due to having a higher processor bottleneck point in dual threaded games.
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September 2, 2009 9:12:35 PM

Well i play games like Crysis,COD4,COD2,NFSMW,GRAW 2 and some online games but would the Core 2 Duo outperform the old P4 at a 1024x768 res on med/high details? Reason being is I average 15~20 FPS in Crysis with high details at that res
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2009 9:15:17 PM

the core 2 would kill the p4
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September 2, 2009 9:16:24 PM

You sure because my P4 rig kept up with the Core 2 Duo rig in CoD4 at 1024x768 res with max detail
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September 2, 2009 9:22:23 PM

At that resolution you are definitely running into a processor bottleneck, in which case the core 2 duo would be better. Try either reducing the physics level and particle effects in crysis and other games or increase the screen resolution. If you take a look at this chart you will see that they were all pretty much processor limited, until the CPU was OC'ed a bit, then the 3850 did quite well at all settings, granted it was on low quality/medium detail, but overclocking your processor would help you out quite a bit especially at that resolution.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/agp-radeon-overcloc...
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September 2, 2009 9:26:10 PM

Yeah i saw that article a few min. ago attempting to find my answer on google :D  but the thing is my CPU is already OCed its actually a 3GHz Prescott I oced to 3.4GHz. I'm just wondering if it is worth the change with the type of games I play at the details/res i run them at.
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