I built my first computer a few years back (I'm a noob so help me out here), and I want to upgrade the video card to a Radeon 5770 to help accommodate some gaming (prince of persia was struggling, and i plan to play more modern warfare 2/crysis type games).. Plus for some reason I get artifacting when I play warcraft 3 (only on the 2 dimensional stuff, e.g. starting menu). I'm gonna run memtools and prime 95 to see if i have any failing components tonight, but the video card and ram has already been RMA'd once before and they tested fine then. Assuming i figure that out (I'm guessing defective ram), do you think the upgrade is worth it, or am i gonna experience bottlenecking from the other components?
Windows 7 64-bit
Asus P5k P35 Mobo
Intel E4400 2.0 Ghz Core 2
2 GB Ram OCZ gold (can't remember timing right now, but at stock)
Geforce 7900GS 256Mb
Creative X-fi Xtremegamer soundcard
First off if you had to RMA the 7900 for mem issues, the PSU is marginal now and the 5770 is way beyond it's ability, the video card will fix the issues you are talking about, the current card was overwhelmed, but the 5 series ATI cards have issues with grey screen, so check it out and be sure before you jump
@jack-attack: I don't really have a budget in mind (I'm a poor grad-student tho), although i'd really like to just drop the 150$ on the card and hope it covers me well enough.. Ram seems to be super expensive these days so i was gonna hold off if 2 Gb could get me by.
@number13: The 7900 wasn't RMA for mem issues, BFG kinda figured out that i had ram (the 2 gb i had) issues and they decided to rma the card just in case. PSU is a Rosewill 550W Turbo series. Grey screen?? I'll check it out..
Oh, there will be overclockage. With a FSB of only 800, there should be some headroom to squeak some more cycles out of that thing. I hear ya on the RAM, but with a x64 OS you could really benefit from another 2. A 5770 and ~2.6 or so should buy you some time until you can get into some of the newer hardware.
EDIT: Sure, you can do just one. Your performance might be lagging a little, but I'm sure that just a 5770 in there will net you a significant performance gain in games as well as HD video.
Oh right, at that resolution your prob gonna be CPU bound mostly... Try OCing your CPU to 2.2, very modest OC and easy for OC nubs like me xD see if that makes a noticable difference in frame rates... if not, OC some more, perhaps to 2.5 if possible.. also youll need a new GPU, for that reso... 5770 wouldnt really recommend, kinda overkill, a 4770 will suit you fine