Here's my situation. I feel tied down when I can't play my games on the highest graphical settings, so when I bought Total War: Rome II, I realized that my rig (bought in 2010) struggles quite a bit. In order to get decent, playable fps (around 40), I have to play on medium to high settings. If I run the game's benchmark file with very high, ultra, or extreme settings; I'll get an unplayable 5-20 fps.
I need assistance in determining what I can and should upgrade with my rig? Or perhaps it will be determined that too much needs upgrading and I should just buy a new one.
I have overclocked my i7 920 CPU to almost 4 GHz, and I have overclocked my video card to 800 core clock and 1150 memory clock. It seems like I should be able to overclock my video card more, but it gets too unstable when I run 3D Mark 11.
Below are my components: Any help guys would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
Thanks. My budget is around $1300, so I got a ton of wiggle room if I only have to update the GPU and a stick of RAM. This 5970 card is my first ATI and I don't like it as much as Nvidia. The reason is because I've had issues with the CCC in the past. Would you have a recommendation for a GPU if I wasn't to go with Radeon again?
Thanks for your suggestions. I'll think about it a bit more, but I think I'm going to just hold on to the cash for now and upgrade the GPU and RAM as you suggested. I'll try to get another good year out of it and build a brand new one next fall when I have a $1800 budget or so. If the GPU and RAM improvement don't impress me enough, I'll probably jump on building a new rig earlier. I can always return them within 30 days.
One additional question about the HD 7950 - do you think its worth getting two of them and crossfire them?