So I recently built a new machine after my old one of about 5 years died (motherboard died).
I have an Intel Mobo h67 chipset.
I chose a Pentium g860 (Dual Core 3ghz) for now to keep cost down (will be jumping to i7 eventually).
Now heres the thing... I made a newb mistake and didnt research much into modern graphics cards. I had an old one (maybe 3 yrs) in my old machine and I figured I could just use it. It is an evga GeForce 8500 gt...
Well when i tried some games(arma2 planetside2 AoC) on my pc and they ran like s**t, I looked up some benchmarks and lets just say the 8500 gt is not top of the line.
So my first question..Is it safe to say my 8500gt is bottlenecking my performance?
And given the rest of my specs, if I were to upgrade to maybe a HD 7850 or GeForce 650 ti (both options to keep a lower budget), how would it handle games like Arma 2, Planetside 2, or even far cry 3?
i would say, my friend, that you need to upgrade the card. go with geforce, i am unsure if it will handle your games well but it aids me in games greatly, though i dont play the games you have listed. if problem still occurs, return card and but card meant to be pushed for gaming.
If you are trying to save as much money as you can and still play on low-medium settings you could always get the AMD 7770 for ~$120. Will play most games at high settings at sub 1080p... Would be nice if you could give us the actual resolution of your monitor.