I'm looking to upgrading my PC and have spent time reading the various articles and charts on here while setting a budget. This has largely come from a forced upgrade of my graphics card and PSU but now I think it is time for a better performing gaming PC.
While I'm happy enough balancing performance vs cost when choosing the CPU and deciding what processor socket, PCI express ports etc I need for the mobo, I've recently become concerned about hitting a bottleneck with any new purchase.
How can I look to avoid performance bottlenecks? I'd be looking to buy a new mobo, CPU and memory and would be happy to hear any recommendations.
Current system (* indicates components to keep the same)
Previously the GFX was Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT and the PSU was an unbranded 550W.
I was thinking of buying;
AMD Athlon X3 440, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a mobo which could support SLI (not a necessity). I would like to keep costs under £200 (~$300). Generally I use my PC for Football Manager 2010 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 but like to have the option to play and FPS. Would buying this CPU cause a bottleneck?
Err a 9800GT? Hell ya! Dun buy into silly benches that mislead peeps into thinking people buy a $200-300++ GPU paired with a $500 cpu/mobo and play games on 1280 x 1024 low lol
Here we have A2X3 4xx vs 720BE just to stress how meaningless L3 is once u game at *real settings* with something with a lot more teeth than a 9800GT
As u can see the performance 'impact' is at 1280 x 1024 but if one buys a GTX 260 to play at that resolution he/she ought to be hogtied and horse whipped IMO Note that in my deep vault of fact, statistics and data i even have an AthlonII X3 test set up with a HD 5850 if u really want more convincing hehe Note: purely gaming no lame ass render/encode zzz....