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September 30, 2010 12:16:01 AM

Got a PC that i built a while ago, probably 4 years ago now. Anyway, still runs great, but needs a bit of a boost.
I think the main issue is the CPU and video card. Although they still do well, i think i need more power :) 
The CPU is a C2D E6600 and the video card a 8800gtx

I can pick up another 8800gtx and SLI for a fairly cheap option, and also replace the CPU with a Core 2 Quad Q9550 (Maybe a Q9650), which is a bit more pricey.

Or i guess i could buy a later video card, forget the CPU for now. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.

Thanks

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September 30, 2010 2:02:46 AM

I'm running a rig with an e6750 (essentially the same as the e6750, just one generation newer) and an 8800GTS (worse than GTX) and I have no complaints with its performance. What kind of applications/games are you running that you feel the performance lacks in? Just curious.
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September 30, 2010 2:33:14 AM

Games, games and more games really.
My main issues are:

Low draw distance.
DX10 games. They work well in DX9, but seem to struggle with DX10
frame rate if anything above AA2X is selected
Games that show realistic "Fire" or other similar situations drop my framerate

Games i currently play:
Mass effect 2
Stalker
Age of Conan

Maybe it's just time to rebuild my OS. Have checked latest patches etc, and it's all up to date.

Of course i also usually sit at the PC beside it with a core i7 and 4970X2. and maybe i have a warped sense of what it should do :) 
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September 30, 2010 8:46:56 AM

brettms71 said:
Got a PC that i built a while ago, probably 4 years ago now. Anyway, still runs great, but needs a bit of a boost.
I think the main issue is the CPU and video card. Although they still do well, i think i need more power :) 
The CPU is a C2D E6600 and the video card a 8800gtx

I can pick up another 8800gtx and SLI for a fairly cheap option, and also replace the CPU with a Core 2 Quad Q9550 (Maybe a Q9650), which is a bit more pricey.

Or i guess i could buy a later video card, forget the CPU for now. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.

Thanks

Don't waste your money on a Q9550. For the price of a new Q9550 alone you could upgrade to a newer, faster Phenom II X4 955 or Intel Core i5-750 build (processor, memory, and ram).

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...

Your system is pretty well balanced for gaming the way it is now. If you want to see a large improvement in your gaming performance, you will need to upgrade both your processor (most any new processor would be a significant improvement from an Athlon II X3, Core i3-530 on up) and graphics setup (an SLI setup would definitely do the trick or a new GTX 460 or better).
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September 30, 2010 10:39:59 AM

Whats the budget and resolution?
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September 30, 2010 12:14:15 PM

1. I say...wait for bulldozer, sandy bridge, and HD6xxx!
2. OC your proc
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September 30, 2010 8:40:30 PM

I don't really worry about budget, but i dont want to waste money on upgrades when it won't give me what i want. I think i will therefore wait and build a new PC as the above suggested, and just overclock. Next step is to read how to overclock it i guess :)  Thanks for the advice to everyone above.
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September 30, 2010 8:42:39 PM

Best answer selected by brettms71.
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October 1, 2010 8:28:23 AM

There are plenty to read in the internet about overclocking.
So, Happy reading! :D 
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