I built this computer in 2008, and it's showing it's age with recent gaming titles. I mostly play MMO's that aren't exactly graphically intense, but I am seeing a lot of chop on low settings in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I would like to try to squeeze a little more life out of this PC, at least until I can afford to build a new system later this year when I finish graduate school.
Motherboard: EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale @ 3.0GHZ (Not OC'd)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
GPU(s): Two - GeForce 8800GTS 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 in SLI
PSU: Power and Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified
HDD: Two x Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
OS: Windows 7 32-Bit
I am considering upgrading to 64Bit Windows 7, and upgrading the RAM to 8GB. Would that help any? Would it be worth it to do anything with the video cards on an older motherboard like this?
Only reason to get more ram is that it's cheap right now. Windows 32 bit won't recognize more than you have now. And quad core 9xxx series are just too expensive for what you get. I would continue saving until your next complete upgrade. I've used both windows 7 32 and 64; not much performance difference between the two. I would only change to 64 bit if you find a deal on craigslist for an unopened copy of pro or ultimate for less than $100.
You can wait on most things, but I think that you will want to trade the 2x nvidia cards for 1x of the biggest ATI cards you can afford.
This website did a series of benchmark tests in SWTOR with various cards and even a GTX 570 didn't have playable frame rates when the game was maxed out. Only the 6970 could stay above 30 FPS with max detail, 4x AA, 4x TRSSAA/AdaptiveAA on 1920x1080.
Single video cards from ATI performed better in the tests than did similarly priced nvidia cards.
Thanks for the reply, Raiddinn. I am only wanting to spend around $250 max on this, because like I said before I am going to build a new system some time this year, but it's probably at least 6-months away. I'll take a look at video cards, and see what I can come up with.