Its upgrade time, i have a bit of money to spend and Civ 5 is chugging a bit to much for my liking! Ive got about 100 dollars ( or 60 quid) to spend, and id go higher if it was a good purchase! Thinking more RAM or a new CPU.
Heres what im rocking at the moment:
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 28 °C
Brisbane 65nm Technology
4.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 300MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard http://www.abit.com.tw/ KN9(NF-MCP55 series) (Socket AM2 )
X223W @ 1440x900
384MB GeForce 8800 GS (XFX Pine Group)
money is around 100 dollars, but i will go higher if it would be worth it. I appreciate the really best value for money would be to buy a new setup, im testing the water now to see what i can get out of my current rig.
That best for money list looks pretty good! I used to be well clued up on pc bits but ive let my knowledge fade over time! Which ones are socket AM2? Im guessing none of them but google isnt giving me a straight answer.
It really is looking like time for a new mobo.... but a definitive 'Heres a few AM2 Athlons' would be fantastic.
If time between turns is your concern then the cpu is the part to upgrade. I love civ5 but in the late game i've been upto a min between turns on the larger maps. Civ is not a graphics intensive game. Civ5 is pretty on full graphics but it's really not nesacery. To truly enjoy the gameplay you need to speed up the time between turns and for that you need a good CPU.
Checking the Canadian tigerdirect store I would recommend the
Phenom X4 9850 which is running at $112CAD. I believe with exchange you should be able to get that for under a 100 quid(i love that term). Basically just get the best processor you can afford.
WARNING: Looking for the spec of your mobo online I wasn't able to find anything on compatible CPU's other than that it is socket AM2. Double check your manual for compatible CPU's first.
Since Abit is no longer in the mobo business, you've unfortunately been left up the creek without a paddle as far as BIOS updates (to allow newer CPUs) go. See that guy waving at you from the starboard rail? That's me; I'm in the same boat with my IP35Pro. Anyway, the only single upgrade to even consider is a video card. You won't get much out of it until you've upgraded the rest of your system, but at least the money you spend on it won't have gone to waste; although the card you have should be enough for Civ V on lowered settings, so really a rebuild is your best plan. If you're interested, fill out the template from the sticky in the New Builds forum and start a new thread there.
Ive emailed a couple of local computer companies to see what they can put together for the 200-250 quid mark (320-400 dollar). I'l be comparing it to the list on bit tech, and comparing it to UK hardware companies (ebuyer, amazon, play etc).
Will leave the gfx card for a bit, although its coming on 2 years old now. the rest of the system is 3 years old so, its nearly christmas soon,etc...