My current machine is a mixture of parts circa 2004-2006. I'm finally at a point where I can start saving up for a beastly new rig but in the interim I'd like to give my machine a little pep while I (impatiently) wait.
Main games I play are WoW and various Source stuff. I'd like to be able to play L4D2 smoothly but I don't know if that's possible.
Current system specs (apologies I'm at work so I don't have a lot of specifics):
CPU: AMD 64 3400+
Mobo: Gigabyte (Don't know model#!!! important thing is I have no pcie slots )
RAM: 2gb Corsair XMS DDR2
GPU: Nvidia 6800
HDD: WD 7200RPM 160gb
PSU: 500W Generic (Yeaaaa... sorry I don't know. Upgrading this maybe?)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week / Today BUDGET RANGE: ~$200-300 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web Development/Design (hobby level), general internet use. PARTS NOT REQUIRED: CPU, Mobo, HDD, PSU, Sound Card, RAM (?), Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia fanboy considering ATI OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900 current limit, widescreen monitor supports higher ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Arctic Silver 5 / Arctic Silver Thermal Material remover and surface purifier (Been too long since I've reseated my CPU / cleaned up the compound .. I'm afraid of what I will find!)
I'm fairly certain my current PSU will support either of these video cards, but if someone has a nice budget upgrade option I'm certainly for it.
I'm happy with my RAM and my mobo won't support 4gigs (And I'm still using XP anywyay, until the new system) Again, if there is a nice budget upgrade option I'd appreciate the suggestion. I guess the suggestion would be hard to make considering I don't know the model of my current sticks!
I had more or less the exact same machine for my last desktop, I threw a 3850 in there and was able to play Crysis on low, for source games reference, I got about 150fps in the counterstrike bench. From what I have read, the 3850 AGP is actually faster than the 4650 AGP.
zach538467: Thanks for the link, made my decision (3850) much easier.
dndhatcher: You are awesome, I looked all over for a replacement fan but apparently my google-fu was lacking today.
In an ironic twist of events I was just offered a mobo, proc and vid card for free from a friend. I'm going to be making a new post for it rather than cluttering this one. I am going to buy the fan and the 3850 however and try to sell this system!