I'm running an Asus P5QL Pro with an Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz. I'm currently running 4gb ram under XP, but will most likely upgrade that to 8gb under Win7 in the next month.
So my question is: Am I right to assume that my EVGA GeForce 9400GT (1GB DDR2 PCI-E 2.0) is the major bottle neck in this setup? The most graphically intensive game I currently play is Starcraft 2, but I have to run it on low settings and I'm under the impression that I shouldn't.
I'm not sure how much I'm looking to spend. It really depends on cost vs performance payoff. But I definitely don't want to limit my machine by having one sub-par part.
So any recommendations? I prefer nvidia over ATI these days, but if there's a strong argument against that I may be able to be swayed. Any advice on where the sweet spot is economically? I think the high end part I've been looking at is the Geforce gtx 460, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to part with 200.
The GTX 460 is the best in terms of price/performance that NVIDIA has to offer.It is the ideal card for 1920x1080.The 9400 GT is definitely a bottleneck.The performance difference would be HUGE.You can easily run SC2 with Ultra settings with the GTx 460.
Newegg has most of their GTX460 768mb cards at ~$160-$170 with free shipping and/or rebates. Either choose the cheapest one, or go for one of the custom models from Zotac, Gigabyte, Asus, or MSI. None will run over $170. Many come with a free H.A.W.X. 2 game.
The Asus DirectCU is $149 after rebate, has free shipping, and comes with HAWX 2.
Well, I wouldn't call myself a gamer by today's standards. But that's the most power-intensive thing I do with the computer in question so I might as well be. I usually use my laptop for academic or professional work because of the convenience of mobility.
After looking at some specs it does look like the GTX460 is at a good point in the price curve. I may hold off on it until Christmas as a gift for myself. I'm guessing it will still be the best option but I suppose we'll see.