Northbridge Intel X48 rev. 01
Southbridge Intel 82801IR (ICH9R) rev. 02
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 4096 MBytes
Channels Dual, (Symmetric)
Memory Frequency 400.0 MHz (5:6)
CAS# latency (CL) 5.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 5
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5
Cycle Time (tRAS) 15
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC) 52
Command Rate (CR) 2T
MCHBAR I/O Base address 0x0FED14000
MCHBAR I/O Size 4096
DIMM # 1
SMBus address 0x50
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) G.Skill (7F7F7F7FCD000000)
Size 2048 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part number F2-6400CL4-2GBPK
Number of banks 2
Data width 64 bits
Nominal Voltage 1.80 Volts
EPP yes (1 profiles)
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Home Premium Edition 32-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
DirectX Version 11.0
1. Should I upgrade to one of the following ? ( I asked because I saw them priced somewhere at about the same price as the old 4850)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 2GB DDR3 DX11 DVI HDMI PCI-E
Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI DP PCI-E MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI DP PCI-E
Asus/Gigabyte/Sapphire HD 7770 GHZ Edition 1GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI DP PCI-E+
Sapphire HD 7770 GHZ Edition OC 1GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP
2. Other optional graphic card include :
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 DX11 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP PCI-E
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DX11 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E Gigabyte HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP PCI-E MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP PCI-E R7870 Hawk Sapphire HD 7870 GHZ Edition OC 2GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP PCI-E MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMiniDP PCI-E Sapphire HD 7950 OC 950 MHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 DX11 DVI HDMI 2xMini DP PCI-E
I know that generally, as the card is more expensive, it give better performance, but on the other hand there could be "bottle neck"/overkill in the old system. Please recommend me on any of the mentioned cards (or parallel Nvidia products), and if there's a bottle-neck, please tell me what it is.
3. Is the power supply good enough for this new league of cards ?
Also, get a CPU cooler and overclock that CPU to 3.8-4.0 GHz. That will minimize the bottlenecking.
Your power supply unit is great.
Right on the spot, that's my recommendation. 7770 is a good card, but it is entry level right now. The 7850 is a great midlevel card but at 1920x1080 its 1gb of VRAM becomes an issue (don't know if that would hold true at your resolution though). 7850 2gb or 7870.
I don't really know how to OC or install a CPU cooler (or how to choose one). Should I buy more advanced CPU ? If so, which one do you recommend (one that fits the motherboard. I got an offer for the following bundles, but I don't know how much they will improve total system performance: 1. AMD Phenom II X4 BE 3.4 GHZ+Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P 2. AMD Phenom II X4 BE 3.4 GHZ+Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3) ?