Ok wanting some advice on an older set up this is now my brothers computer use to be mine years ago however its in need of some upgrades to keep up with newer stuff.
E2180 @ 3.2
4gb ddr2 800 ram @ 848 For 1:1
Foxconn P9657AB-8EKRS2H LGA 775 Intel P965 mobo
XFX GeForce 8800 GS 384MB
HIPER 580W psu
His monitor max rez is 1280x1024
questions is would dropping a cheap gfx card in help at all or would a cpu/mobo/ram upgrade be required as well.... Money is an issue needs to be as cheap as possiable hes fresh out of high school with no job yet.
the budget is sub 200-300 dollars cheaper if possiable
also he doenst needs eye candy just playable frame rates with newer games skyrim....swtor etc
so they look decent with playable framerate..... hes coming from a P4 with a geforce fx5200 in it.....so either way i twill be a huge improvement.
but the main question is would dropping a mid range video card around a 6790 or 6850 help or would the rest of the system kill the performance gain with a bottleneck?
would be very expensive to upgrade a 775 system so would be better to just redo mobo/cpu/ram but that woudl leave almost nothign for a gfx card
Both a 6790 or a 6850 will give very good framerates for 1280x1024. The rig might be CPU limited but you will still see a sizable performance increase over the 8800. for under $200, you couldn't do a platform upgrade, so a GPU is your best bet.
Later, if he has more money, he can update his MoBo/CPU
For the resolution the monitor is at , a 6850 would do the trick, you could also find a faster second hand cpu from ebay, maybe a E8500 and overclock it to get more juice out of it.
For 200-300 you will not be able to afford all the components for a complete upgrade