At what resolution? If you play at lower resolutions such ast 1024x768 then your CPU would most likely bottleneck your performance. If you play at 1400x900 for instance then your videocard would have to work harder. So lets say you play at a 1080x1024, now we need to figure what OS you are using.
Your performance on Crysis -XP or Vista @1080x1024 would give you all settings on High... where XP might give you better framerates but Vista might allow you to go for Very High settings for some of the options. Ultimately, with the patch and new Nvidia beta drivers, your performance in Vista would be almost if not the same as XP.
The performance I get from Vista 64bit is better than my XP 32bit MCE.
Oh, cool! So I dont need a supercomputer from space to play on all high!
lol...no you don't. However, the settings mentioned above will give you smooth enough framerates for most parts of the game. But don't expect 40+FPS all the time because even my 8800GTX can't pull these off right now.
People complain because they want to play Crysis on a 1080HD TV with Very High settings and 60FPS...which no hardware is capable of doing to this day.
I play Crysis at 1400x900 resolution in Vista 64bit and get average 25-30 FPS but get the odd 18-20 FPS in some animations or in the anti-gravity level for some reason. I love my GTX
Make sure you install the latest drivers+patch however, it'll make a big difference in Vista.
Now, if I had a 6800 like I do right now, what performance increase would that merit? Could I play the game on Medium, or would that be a stretch?
Oops, Thanks Spuddyt. (Message below)
*edited* If I understand your question, you want to upgrade from a 6800 to a 8800gts right? As mentioned above, your 8800GTS should be sufficient to play Crysis at normal resolutions such as 480 type resolutions (Not 720 or 1080HD) and all settings on high. As for your current 6800, I don't know if Crysis supports it but if it does you should expect bad framerates and most settings on low.
Alex, unless i am misinterpreting what you have said, i think you have misinterpreted what he said - I think what he's saying is will his current gfx card play on medium - not that he's considering upgrading to one
Ok, yes, Crysis does play on my computer with my Pentium 4 and a 6800, but I'm hoping that an 8800 in April will end this ordeal. I know that without a processor as powerful as an Athlon 4000+ OCed, there is no way I could even put something like shaders on medium
Shaders are processed by your Videocard...and you should be fine with an 8800GTS as far as shaders go. Now, If you want to play Crysis at medium to higher settings, you may want to invest in a better CPU for physics quality and such...which in your case might mean replacing your motherboard and therefor RAM. But technically, with your current system, your new 8800GTS would be running Crysis at medium settings with smooth framerates.