*I am aware of the fact I posted this message in another section too, I was not certain where it is more appropriate*
Hi hardware Gurus,
I currently own a machine operating with a Core 2-Dou E65500 2.33 processor, 2 Gigabytes 0f 800 Mhz Ram and a Nvidia 8800GT 512MB.
I am seriously considering upgrading my Graphics card to a Radeon 5770HD.
But I wanted to know if I will benefit from this upgrade, or if the (quite old) processor will hold me back.
At roughly 150$ for a budget, how will I get the most gain out of my machine (from a gaming perspective).
[please observe the budget, as I do not have the money right now to go with a full upgrade to my pc]
Thanks for answering.
I really rather not overclock my PC, as I live in a rather hot country (Temps can get around 40 C).
anyway my resolution is only 1280X1024 (19" display), anything to gain from boosting RAM to 4G ?
M-board is a simple Intel G-33 I believe
2 gigs will get you by but 4 is ideal. An OC to 3ghz is well below your processors limit and really shouldn't increase temps much at all. If you would prefer you can probably just replace the processor with something fairly cheap for a similar boost. What is the brand/model of your motherboard?
This really wets my appetite, but I can't afford too many upgrades at the moment, I just had an opportunity to sell my 8800 for around 100$ before it's completely dated and I figured the 5770 would provide a more than worthy upgrade. I think the CPU upgrade will wait a year or two until i finish my BSc and get a proper job.
I might get two more sticks of RAM (about 50$) . But I don't know if 4X1GB is a good setup or just a waste of money.
I wouldn't call $80 quite expensive but that is another option. It will take much more work to install than just replacing the CPU and you will likely need to reinstall windows but it could save you a bit of money.