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August 30, 2012 8:24:42 PM

It's been a few years since I have upgraded my desktop and it's been reasonably good for the games I play and for multimedia projects I do. (MW3, D3, WOW, TF2, CS etc.)

I just bought Guild Wars 2 and I noticed my PC is having some problems getting 30 fps consistently even on lower tier settings. So I figure it's time to upgrade or another option would be to build another box.

1) Do you think my there is a bottleneck in my current box that would make it necessary to build another box?
2) If I didn't build another box, what would be a couple of good bang for the buck upgrades I could do?

Thanks for the help! :) 

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.120504-1619)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: X38-DS4
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 876MB used, 3152MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (OC version)
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0012.9573 (English)
Description: SB Live! Audio [D000]
a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 8:35:15 PM

I don't think you would have to build a whole new box. The 8800GT is pretty old (but still awesome). Do you have an upgrade budget? And what is your power supply.

You can even use the 8800GT as a Physx card if you so please.
August 30, 2012 8:42:12 PM

Yea the 8800gt OC has surprised me quite a few times over the years. I don't really have a set budget, I am just more looking for bang for the buck. For example, I got a few years out of the 8800 as at that time it was a steal for the cost. I am not interested in going totally maxed out performance top of the line, but maybe a little under that level with good value. My Power supply is a 500w as I recall.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 10:05:17 PM

Well, the 6850 would probably run well on a nice 500W.
August 30, 2012 10:08:54 PM

Your processor(s) scare me a little. Some games are a little more CPU hungry than others. Also 2 gigs of memory may not be the cause of your problem, but just for the heck of it go to newegg.com an pick up 6gb just because mem is so cheap now. And if you can swing it, buy a SSD as they are getting cheaper too.
a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 10:15:48 PM

Maybe the 7770 would be a better choice.
August 30, 2012 10:50:28 PM

I am kinda thinking of building a new box at this point as I also use this one for Pro Tools. I'd keep this puppy for the audio and build a gaming rig... mmm decisions. I think my processor will hold me back a bit.
a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 11:09:34 PM

Not too much though.
August 30, 2012 11:29:14 PM

Deemo13 said:
Not too much though.


You don't think?
a c 191 U Graphics card
August 31, 2012 1:48:28 AM

The processor? No. It will eventually hold you back yes, and it is the weaker part of your system, but its not like the worst thing in the world.
August 31, 2012 10:48:55 AM

Deemo13 said:
The processor? No. It will eventually hold you back yes, and it is the weaker part of your system, but its not like the worst thing in the world.


So I ended up taking your advice - picked up a GTX 660 ti along with 4 gigs of ram. Things are running smoothly, although I do think GW2 is a processor heavy game, the 660 does quite a nice job.
a c 191 U Graphics card
August 31, 2012 3:52:02 PM

660Ti? Man had I known you were going to get that I might have actually recommended a processor upgrade. I wouldn't have put more than a 560Ti on it.

But the thing is people always talk of these bottleneck problems, but they actually have't experienced any. They just think they have. If it works for you, its good enough.
September 7, 2012 12:01:05 AM

Deemo13 said:
660Ti? Man had I known you were going to get that I might have actually recommended a processor upgrade. I wouldn't have put more than a 560Ti on it.

But the thing is people always talk of these bottleneck problems, but they actually have't experienced any. They just think they have. If it works for you, its good enough.


yea I thought for $300 seemed like a good value. I also bought a SSD and dual boot Win7 now and it's nice to have a clean install for games. The biggest bottleneck was the tiny case I had and getting super hot, so I switched everything over to a new spacious one. I think it'll do me well for some time :) 
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