I've recently gotten a hand-me-down computer after neglecting my old rig for a few years, making do with a 9800GT and an early X2. Now i've got this (for me i'll say "beasty") computer, but have been out of the game for some time, and need some advice on current cards/CPUs. Is there a clear bottleneck here, and if so, what're some good options for a frequent gamer with performance in mind?
Currently playing Heroes of Newerth, Team Fortress 2, Stalker: Call of Pripyat, and Monday Night Combat - Max details (Includiing AA) with very few issues, if any. Also playing RIFT: Planes of Telara with mostly maxxed details, including AA, but with no supersampling. Rift runs between 25-35 frames depending on zone and activity on these settings.
Any advice on the current standard of this rig and future upgrade advice would be much appreciated. (Yes, I know, i'm a noob, but seeking to be more enlighted )
Maybe 6 GBs of memory instead of the present 4 GBs?
Is that really all I could do at this time (Practically)?
That's good news. Only reason I asked is cause my housemate just bought an i5 system with a Radeon 5XXX (Dunno which), but it seems to have a fair bit more grunt than mine. Perhaps it's just Rift is more GPU intensive, and his has the edge. Thanks for the reply though, i'll probably jump to 2000 speed RAM and get 6-8GB.
If you are considering 2000 RAM, make sure that your present motherboard will support it. And get identical matched RAM. Mixed RAM will sometimes run, sometimes create problems, and will revert to the slowest clock stick in the group (the faster RAM will slow down to match the speed of the slower stick).
Thanks for the great RAM advice, will definitely check that out and bear it in mind in future RAM buying excursions. His card is a Radeon 6950 Cayman, i'm using a 700W Coolermaster Silent Pro. And fyi, it's not audible grunting, I meant it has more apparent graphical processing power. It's an Australian term I guess, lol. I'm running 1680x1050 (22" wide native) and he's at 1920x1080 (24" wide native). I'm fairly sure his GPU trumps mine by a decent margin, how close am I to correct?