I just recently bought myself a brand new nVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 graphics card, but found that it did nothing to increase gameplay. Still I cannot up my video settings and playing Aion is terrible for frame rates. I thought investing the $200 for this card would solve this problem, but later found that other components might be hindering my video card from performing at its full potential. Problem is, is it my CPU or motherboard, or both?
It's highly likely that the bottleneck could be both, though I'm sure my processor is in slightly better shapre than the mobo. I can pretty much admit that my motherboard is for ***. Here are my specs:
The website doesn't really say much, and I'm not exactly sure which one is my mobo... Not really sure if it's the Intel® 945G & ICH7 (which should be it but doesn't list the correct processor that I have but fits more) or the Intel® 945GC & ICH7 945GCT-M2/1333 (V1.0A) which says supports the processor I have: Intel Celeron D.
You would be able to recognize it from the picture right?
Anyway, the problem here is if your bios supports your choice of CPU. That's why you need to know the exact model of your mobo in order to check if it supports the CPU or if ECS released a bios update to support CPUs.
Download and run cpu-z, a utility that will identify your motherboard, it's bios and revision levels.
One can then see what the best supported processor is.
Your link indicated that with a bios update you can use a wolfdale cpu. That might be a E8400 core 2 duo at 3.0 or better.
Your ram should be at 4gb. Speed does not matter much.
What is your budget, and what resolution will you be playing at?
I don't think the E6500 will work. It is not the i945g chipset that is the problem, but the motherboard fsb which is not 1333 and possibly the power capabilities.
I think you might be able to find a P4 960 or similar on e-bay for less than $150.
As to the ram, you are ok. a 32 bit OS can see only about 3.5gb out of 4gb. The remainder is used for hardware areas, mostly for the video card.
Pretty sure I can't get an E3200. Mobo website says it's not compatible, so... But Intel says that the E3200 is compatible with any socket 775 so I'm kinda confused :\
@Psychosaysdie: I like the links for cpu capability comparisons. It gives a rough idea of the capabilities of unfamiliar processors.
The E3200 is clearly a big jump and probably a better value upgrade than anything the current mobo is capable of.
E3200 will fit in a socket 775 motherboard; Intel is correct there. The 945 chipset is also capable of running a E3200; they are correct there also.
But the motherboard has to have a bios that supports the processor. Your link does not show that the motherboard does.
The upgrade from pentium D support to Exxx cpu's required three things:
1) fsb capability of 1333.
2) improved power capabilities
3) bios updates to recognize the Exxx processor.
You should be able to buy a motherboard and e3200 for <$150