recently my 8600gt died on me im not a major gamer, but the games i do play id like to play maxed at 1680x1050
so i went out and bought myself a shiny gts 250 1 gb ddr3
it plays all my current games maxed out and fine, to be expected but i know its a fairy powerful card, never having a high end gfx card before i expected it to run newer games a little better? i get unsmooth looking around while playing neuxiuz maxed out, and dead rising plays at 40 fps maxed out 1680x 1050 4 x aa and looks choppy at times. is this how its suppose to be, or am i bottlenecked??
i have a 700w powersupply, 3 gb shitty ddr2 ram (dunno extact speed), and a intel dual core 2 duo E4500 @ 2.2 ghz. and a gts 250 obviously, this was a dell inspiron 530 from 07 before i upgraded most of the parts, cept the cpu.
now i know the cpu isnt the best in the world, but surely a dual core cant be a bottleneck??? or can it
do you think i need to overclock it or buy a better one??! am i even bottle necked at all? thanks!!! is my gts250 being held back?
For 1680x1050, GTS250 is quite enough to handle most of games with HIGH setting.
For your CPU, you will gain extra performance if you Overclock it a little, let's say 2.7GHz or more (watch the temps, make sure it stay cool).
For RAM, how many sticks did you have installed? If you have 3 sticks then you will better with 2 sticks (Dual Channel Mode).