Try to keep the keep the criticism to a min please. I did not have the money to upgrade to a newer processor so I was attempting to save money using existing CPU and parts.
I bought a evga nforce 750i sli board and another gtx 260 for sli and 2 x 2 ddr2 Dual channel corsair xms2 performance ram. Unfortunately when I was finishing a degree my last computer quit working, and I did not have the time to build a system with 2 weeks of classes left so I bought a HP with the stupid pre-installed OS headache. In changing everything I lose my Vista resorting to win XP 32 bit. I know lots of people who don't work with on computers everyday love XP. Applications on XP were always crashing on me so I hated it. I ran Vista for 4 1/2 years without a reformat until recently when I wiped everything trying to remove a pretty nasty malware.
After finally getting everything patched I install MW2. Running at optimal settings I cap out at 85 but get some severe Frame drops at times.
850 w sli read corsair psu
Intel duo core 2 quad Q6600
4 gb dual channel (2 sticks) ram
2 x SATA hdd running in non raid. Board on XP requires floppy for raid setup
2 x GeForce gtx 260s (one is super clocked factory)
I'm running at 1900 x 1200. Yes I've searched the forums, and yes I can turn down the graphics to lower settings. I would have thought I'd get better performance with 2 cards with higher settings. I am running on a CRT though. Cuda is disabled and physX off.
I bought win7 64 bit today, but came here first before I break the seal. Should I upgrade to Win7? Swap to a LCD? Or do I have another option besides overclocking CPU or GPUs? I'm running it in an Antec 300 case with lots of fans so I should be able to overclock some. But would prefer not to.
No. It would allow you to use more RAM, which would be nice, but I agree with acerace that the CPU is probably the bottleneck. 64 bit doesn't directly increase performance.
If you don't OC the slower GPU, they'll both run at the lower speed.
Not sure of the CPU code, but the I7 I was dreaming for which I don't see in new egg as I speak was a step below the black box gamer extreme the latter being $1k at the time. Would be nice but money is too tight right now. The gulftowns I see are 500+ add cost of ddr3 ram and motherboard not happening.
You do have to be careful when buying a cpu and match the socket on the motherboard. You usually end up changing everything and for $390 you can get all three and have really top notch performance even with the two GTX 260's that you have.