Upgrade or new build?

I'm considering upgrade vs. new build, but would only want to upgrade the GPU. I just don't know it the rest of then system could handle it.

I have:

Core 2 Duo E6600 (not overclocked)
2gb RAM
Asus 975x Mobo
8800 GTS 512 GPU
Running XP

This is for gaming.

If I upgraded to 5870 GPU, would it be bottlenecked by the rest of the system? I'd definitely want a big FPS improvement. I would drop in the new card now and then also use it in a new build in a year or so, possibly with a 2nd one in crossfire. Otherwise, its time for new build now.

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  1. What resolution do you plan on playing at? 1920 x 1080?
  2. You should be fine, maybe OC the CPU a little

    Make sure your mobo has PCI-E 2.0
  3. Yeah, 1920 x 1080. I should have mentioned that.

    My mobo is the Asus P5W DH Deluxe, so not PCI-E 2.0 right? Has "2 x PCI Express x 16".

    Is that a problem?

    Building a new comp now is rather appealing anyway, but the primary reason to wait is to take advantage of another year of tech advances later. But only if upgrading will truly buy that extra year.
  4. Your ok it will work
  5. OK, cool. Thanks.

    There's no harm in trying since I'd use the same card in a new build anyway.

    Of course, I'd continue to be limited to DX9 in XP. Have to think on that some more.
  6. The answers are yes and yes. Yes, you will see a bigtime improvement in FPS. And, again, yes your CPU will bottleneck the 5870.

    I once had the same CPU OC'd to 3.4Ghz and it bottlenecked my 260 Black Edition. However, I was getting about 30-40 fps playing Crysis on Win XP w/ DX9.

    Go for it, you'll get a big-time improvement over your 8800gts, but will not unleash the full power of the card. Before I got the Black Edition 260 GTX I was running an evga 8800gta and got a dramatic improvement.
  7. Ok that's good to know. I suppose I could live with not getting all that I'm paying for out of the card if its still a lot better than current performance. Maybe I'll reconsider and get a 5850 instead, with an eye towards SLI with that later.
  8. I'd get the 5850. A year down the road cross-fire the pup, and your near top-of-the-line again.
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