I built a system about two years ago and I'm seeing signs of trouble.
In MMO’s there’s zones, but they’re pretty subtle now, no more loading screen, just maybe a hiccup. My trouble seems to be crossing into new zones in Darkfall. If I’m moving with a friend at every zone line they’ll be 10 yards/meters ahead.
The first part of my troubles would be that I’m not sure what that signifies. It might be that the loading shows that it’s a slow hard drive (mines 7200 rpm with a cache), or it might be a sign of a slow processor or old video card. (my processor is a core2 duo, 1.86 I think, my video card that I know is bad is a geforce 7950) I have 4 gb RAM that I think is good to go.
The socket on my mobo is 775 socket and I have to stay there, I can’t afford to change that for now.
So now the second part of my request for help is on the Video cards. I know it’s probably time to upgrade that component. I’d like to get a 9800 gtx, and I think I can, but first I wanted an opinion from the experts to see what you all recommend. I’ve never gotten an ATI, my mobo is SLI, so I’m not sure how that works with a crossfire. I don’t plan on buying two video cards right now, so I’m not too worried about that, just wondering if the ATi will even work.
I think after that I’m going to upgrade the processor and I’m thinking a core2 duo 3.?? mhz , but I’m not sure if the quad cores might be something to look into. For the processor I don’t care about the future, just this game.
I plan on doing a new one from scratch in a year or two.
I wanted to thank you for the help. The graphics card totally solved my problem. Now I'm running 100+ FPS, and I'm out in front when travelling.
I don't think I can even see the difference in anything over 50 fps. 60 to 100 looks the same to me. I even turned on some of the gadgets like shadows and extended my view to further out and no hit on performance at all.