I only have a few hundred dollars (~$300) to spend on an upgrade, and I'm not sure whether it's worth upgrading my CPU or my graphics card on a 2+ year old computer. I'd like something that could play MW2 or similar games at the native resolution of my monitor at a decent frame rate.
If you can't OC, then your kind of stuck at a crossroad:
If you upgrade CPU then the GPU would be weak, especially with AA at that res
If you upgrade GPU, then the 2.4GHz clock rate would hold you back with single/dual-threaded games.
HAHAHA! ITS NOT!! its not!!! Its far better than the GTS 250. 8800GTX can compete with HD 4870 and GTX 260...
Are you that guy that has gone from a new Gigabyte GTX275 to an Asus HD5850 and to 2x XFX HD4890 in a period of 2 weeks?
8800GTX is on level with 9800GTX+ and GTS250 You are confusing it with 8800Ultra which has a little more performance but not on level with HD4870
First I ordered the GTX 275, but it was out of stock so I cancelled the order. Then I ordered the ASUS HD 5850 but it had a broken fan when I got it so I send it back and got the money back and bought a HD 4890 for half the price of a HD 5850. So yeah. Im that guy
They are all good choices of GPU's! They don't make you a graphics card expert though and we would like to keep the credibility of this forum so go easy with your statements! Little research first would not hurt.
"oh... so this is why we have apprentice and veteran rankings"
“Ready are you? What know you of ready? A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”
Do you have that Q6600 overclocked? if not, that would be your best upgrade in regards to CPU performance, i have one and it runs great @ 3.6
If you don't have an aftermarket heatsink/fan, get one and OC that Q6600, it is still a nice CPU even now and possibly for a couple more years.
Now, after overclocking the Q6600, you will still have plenty of $$$ to get a video card. I agree with most on this thread, the 5850 would be the way to go, don't listen to okini55, my 4850 is better than the 8800GTX.
If you cannot afford a 5850, then maybe go with a 4890 1gb, it'll serve you well, but again, the 5850 will serve you well-er!