I currently have a amd athlon 3200+ single core cpu Overclocked to 2.5ghz, a great psu unit with 600watts. and 3gigs of ddr ram. Today I ordered a 512mb 9800gt card and I am wondering if I should expect a big performance increase? and if not what should I do to get a big performance increase? thanks.
We can't tell you without knowing what your previous video card was. However, I can tell you this.
Your CPU is really, really awful by today's standards. It is totally insufficient to run modern games. It is absolutely going to be the limiting factor in your gaming experience.
Also, the 9800 GT was great in its day, but is at best sub par today. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because your CPU is going to bottleneck the hell out of more powerful video cards.
All in all, I'd say your computer is extremely weak for a gaming computer in 2012. You'll need to run at medium to low settings, probably at a resolution no greater than 1280x1024. 1680x1050 might work in some games, but 1080p is out of the question.
If you want to upgrade your computer some more to get better gaming performance, you can post more detailed system specs, the games you want to play and the settings and resolution you want to play at.
Specs we'll need are exact motherboard model (so we can find out what CPUs you can put in it) and more specific information about your memory like its speed.
Edit: Just noticed that the old video card was in the title of the thread! Ignore my previous comment about not knowing how much of an upgrade it would be.
I have a socket 939 motherboard/cpu so I would need to upgrade both my motherboard and cpu to see major improvements. Do you have any suggestions for what motherboard and cpu I should upgrade to? thanks for all the help guys
If i overclocked the *** outta this I should get decent frame rates on games like Skyrim? I have ran skyrim on my 8400gs with my current setup and I can get around 10-20fps so what fps do you think I would get after those upgrades? thanks
And what improvement will I see after installing the 9800gt?
First thing you need to do is make sure your motherboard can accept a dual core processor.
If you can get that to about 2.6GHz, then you'd be about one step above my old system (Athlon X2-4800+/8800GTS-640). If your current system gives you 10-20fps, then with these upgrades (and a successful OC), I would probably expect to see between 15-40fps.
Ideally, you want to go with an Athlon X2-4800+ @2.4GHz. While I realize this may be outside your price range, it is the second best CPU for your system (I think the FX60 still beats the 4800+).
really? I've watched youtube videos of people with a setup almost the same as this and they get over 30 fps on Crysis and Crysis warhead
Not with settings maxed at 1080p they aren't. Crysis is one of the most demanding games ever made. You need better than a 9800GT to max it out. There weren't single card solutions that could max it out at 1080p for years after it was released.
I would most likely get a second 9800gt to sli in the near future
Still not going to be great performance, though it could pull off high settings with toned down AA/AF in Crysis at 1080p.
You get what you pay for, and buying a dirt cheap four year old card is going to get you the performance of a dirt cheap four year old card. SLI will improve it, but you're still looking at the equivalent performance to a mid range card from the last generation. Something like an HD 6950, which can be had for less than $200 now, is more than three times faster than a 9800 GT.