Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice on what (if anything) I should upgrade from this desktop that I built in December '08.
The core components of the desktop are:
-Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 Ghz CPU
-Radeon HD 4850 512MB GPU
-Intel P45 Motherboard
I play on a 1440x900 monitor.
With this setup I have been able to play almost all the games that's been out since 2008 smoothly. That changed recently when I played Deus Ex: Human Revolution. With this game, even on the lowest settings, I would run into frequent stutters and intolerable framerate drops during certain "heavy" areas.
Looking to the future, the two games I'd be interested in playing are Diablo 3 and Skyrim. I know neither game is out yet, but given the age of my machine I thought maybe it's time for an upgrade.
Rather than building a machine from scratch (one expensive option), I was wondering if there are any individual components I can upgrade for an immediate and noticeable performance boost. I heard that CPUs don't really matter much for gaming. What are your opinions?
I think you're right about building a new system from scratch. Tom's lists the 6770 as just one step above the 4850 (making the 6770 essentially equal to a 4870) and imo that's not worth the $120 price tag it carries.
Also I learned after some research that my PSU (Raidmax 630W) might go up in flames if I pushed it harder, making a new system even more attractive. Appreciate your input