Upgrade.. what will give the most performance?

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  1. Mastersetter

    Mastersetter New Member

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    Hi folks, I'm looking to do a small upgrade, either change my 8800gt to a better card, or change my clocked e4300 @3ghz to the q6600. Any ideas? I'm mainly looking for more fps & the ability to run with aa & af enabled.
     
  2. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    just upgrade to the 9800 or the GTX260 if you want to stick to NVIDIA.

    If you're not a stickler to brand names, I'd actually recommend the Radeon HD 4850 or 4870.

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  3. BaDmOfO

    BaDmOfO Maha Guru

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    Instinctively I would have to say your video card would give you the biggest bump in performance. Although some game engines, like the Source engine, are more cpu intensive, and you would benefit quite a bit from a cpu upgrade.
     
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    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    even if it is, the CPU intensity doesn't affect that much. L4D on an Athlon 64 X2 and on a Phenom II X4 performs basically the same. The only difference is via the GPU, not the CPU.

    So his CPU is good.

    EDIT: Actually looking at the details of the processor, maybe a CPU bump wouldn't be bad either since it's an Allendale core which only has 2 MB L2 cache... but it's up to his choice. The FPS difference won't be that big of a difference through a CPU upgrade compared to a big jump on a GPU upgrade.

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  5. Mastersetter

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    Thanks for the ideas lads, would a second 8800gt give me any improvement? Or change to a newer card altogether?
     
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    DSK Banned

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    yeh if you can grab another 8800 your looking at gtx280 performance
     
  7. Doug

    Doug Ancient Guru

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    You mean a 9800GTX+ don't you?
     
  8. BaDmOfO

    BaDmOfO Maha Guru

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    I agree that it wouldn't be that big of a jump, but CPU does really matter in the source engine, GPU is always first choice for upgrading when considering game performance, but his 8800 still has some life left in it.

    We still don't know what games he's trying to play...

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,667611/Left-4-Dead-GPU-and-CPU-benchmark-review/Reviews/?page=3
     
  9. Mastersetter

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    True, im playing farcry2 atm. It runs well at full detail, 1600res but with the filters turned off so quality is ok, but a few jagged lines are here and there :eek:) So i wanted to be able to run these and not loose many frames. Im into first person shooters and racing sims like rFactor and GTRevo too so need things to be moving fairly quickly ;o)
     

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