So after much discussion and research, i went ahead and upgraded to a geforce 9800GT from a ATI x1650 Pro. After installation, the difference in gfx is def noticable, however, I was still unable to pull a full 100fps from CS1.6. More specifically, in a public server with 20+ players, depending on the map, my frame rates would drop to 70-80fps.
Seeing that I probably will not be upgrading my CPU, i guess I should not have aimed so high on my new graphics card if it was going to bottlenecked. Maybe I should have gone for the HD 4670...and perhaps i would have gotten the same results for about $40 cheaper?
and like I said, cs1.6 is my favorite games. and everyone keeps tellign me that cs1.6 is such a non-labor-extensive game that it saddens me that I cant run it at max settings. i thought my system was decent until now...
i thought i told you i want a 100. you act as though getting max rates out of cs1.6 is impossible out of a newer system, but I am pretty sure this isnt the case.
and i dont think i am setting my hopes too high by trying to get full frames out of cs. ive been playing the game long enough to know how it should feel at my preferred settings. a lot of people would argue that a drop in frame rates (even by a mere 10-20 frames) does in fact make a difference in this game, myself included. just looking to up my system to what I want...thats all.
Yes a processor would make a huge difference. I'm not familiar with AMD anymore, but considering you have a Athlon X2 4200+, I would be concerned wich CPU you can actually put on your motherboard. I would guess a X2 6400+ is a sure thing, but can you even buy those anymore..? All I'm saying is find out what CPU is compatable with your motherboard then happy shopping..