I play an awful lot of 'BattleField Bad Company 2'
Some of these games, such as BC2 im struggling to keep stable at 40 FPS even on low settings, first off, my set-up:
CPU: Core 2 Duo e7400 2.88 @ 3.00Ghz
GPU: Nvidea Geforce 9800 GTX+ Black edition
RAM: 2Gb Kingston
HDD: 250gb 'something or other
Mobo: Asus p5qle
PSU: 700W Arctic Power
Monitor: Samsung p2250 1920*1080 22"
My upgrade im looking to do is to put in a new CPU, something along the lines of a Quad 9450 (baring in mind of the socket type) and also SLI the 9800 GPU ?
Otherwise, the build im probably looking for would be:
you def shouldnt SLI a 9800 def get a new GPU as a new GPU would prob be easier and better performance tbh....as for the CPU upgrade...it might help....but you may be better off with a new Build and salvaging from your Old build....
make an Phenom II X4 build and keep your budget lower
well you can use your old case possibly your ram if its DDR3 but i doubt it at only 2gb....id recommend a new build and i wouldnt start off with SLI 460s 768mb versions....id get a 5850 in 2-3 days time when the 6xxx series launch or at the very least a 460 1gb version
Id recommend you overclock everything. more. Instead of spending $400-500 on a new cpu, spend $30 on a new heatsink if your current one isnt that good, or if it is, OC the CPU a lot higher, and try to OC the GPU some. Also, im assuming you have DDR2 RAM? Thats very likely whats really holding you back. Ill give you what will happen soon, and you decide. In a few days, the ATi 6000 series gets launched, the first part being the part that makes sense for your budget, mid-high range. Wait until that atleast, and see how things look. That alone should really help with FPS. Next, if you OC CPU and RAM, and wait till the end of the year, you can buy Sandy Bridge from Intel, also in your price range. If you cant wait, then id recommend an X4 955 and some DDR3 RAM, and sell the old components.