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Old April 7, 2009, 03:40 PM
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well its time to upgrade the old 8800gt 512mb.

now what would be the next step up from this. i got about 250 bux for this. i really dont know what is the next thing down the road for vidcards but i need all the help

should i wait a couple of months or buy now and gives me another reason to upgrade for xmas.

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Old April 7, 2009, 03:41 PM
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Need way more info.

What resolution do you game at?
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Old April 7, 2009, 03:44 PM
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sorry.

got a 22 lcd and try to play at max but the old girl mostly wont let me with crysis and gta4

dont matter if its ati=nvidia


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Old April 7, 2009, 03:54 PM
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sorry.

got a 22 lcd and try to play at max but the old girl mostly wont let me with crysis and gta4

dont matter if its ati=nvidia


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6400 c2d on p6n-sli
600w ocz psu
2 gb ram ocz
Going to burst your bubble.. but 1) That cpu is severly hampering you more than that video card.

On a 22" that 8800GT 512 is still more than enough to push decent frame rates.

But your CPU lacks for probably 2 of the worst coded and optimized games of the century.
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Old April 7, 2009, 03:55 PM
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so i should probably get say a 8400 first, then vid card?

there about the same price
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Old April 7, 2009, 03:57 PM
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so i should probably get say a 8400 first, then vid card?

there about the same price
Yes a 8400 will make a HUGE difference and even more so if you overclock it to about 3.5-3.6ish
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But your CPU lacks for probably 2 of the worst coded and optimized games of the century.
I wouldn't know... I think the Neverwinter Nights 2 engine is less efficient than CryEngine2, after I saw it peg my Radeon 4850 at 1680x1050 with no AA when I enabled shadows. Also for a game released in late 2006, it's pretty bad for it not to have support for multicore

I can't speak for GTA4 but depending on the settings the 8800 GT will bottleneck Crysis before a C2D E6400 will. I played Crysis with stock E6400+Radeon 4850 and I was still hitting a GPU bottleneck in the "Assault" and "Core" levels. In the last level of the game I put the settings to medium at 1400x900 so everything would be smooth enough for me to properly aim.
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I would say GTX 260 is probably best bet for 1680x1050. Anything better would be a waste. And depending on your CPU you might bottleneck it, which is why I haven't taken that plunge yet.
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I wouldn't know... I think the Neverwinter Nights 2 engine is less efficient than CryEngine2, after I saw it peg my Radeon 4850 at 1680x1050 with no AA when I enabled shadows. Also for a game released in late 2006, it's pretty bad for it not to have support for multicore

I can't speak for GTA4 but depending on the settings the 8800 GT will bottleneck Crysis before a C2D E6400 will. I played Crysis with stock E6400+Radeon 4850 and I was still hitting a GPU bottleneck in the "Assault" and "Core" levels. In the last level of the game I put the settings to medium at 1400x900 so everything would be smooth enough for me to properly aim.
There is a difference between acceptable frames and playable frames.

People are accepting of 20-25fps in games I am not.
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keep money overclock cpu just an option
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