I am looking at my gaming PC and it seems to be getting dated. I currently play SWTOR and will be playing ME3. SWTOR currently runs at around 30fps and the ME3 demo ran very choppy when I bumped it up t 1900x1080. I am pretty sure my graphics card is my bottleneck here, but can you please give opinions. Thanks.
Win7 64-bit Pro
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
ASUS P5Q Pro
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
2x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) kits
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
We used to have a thread in the CPU section. I've never really OC'd much, but its basically increasing the FSB and CPU Multiplyer, adding voltage where needed, until heat/stability is too much to overcome.
We have enough people on these boards who can help you OC. A C2Q isn't significantly slower then AMD's newest PII chips, so getting the clockspeed to around 2.8GHz+ would make it good enough for now.
i had a ECS motherboard close to your specs, and when i started back in the COD days (along time ago)after i SLIed board, i finally gave in and went budget AMD(and glad)
But could a SSD be the answer, from what i have been seeing looks like a big game changer!im not sure how comaptible they are with other componets,but im diff. looking into investing
A SSD will speed up the initial loading of the game, and possibly loading new sections as the game progresses. But framerate is mainly determined by the graphics card's processing power and the CPU's ability to keep up.