I upgraded over the holidays. I got the following:
Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM - Retail $339.99
Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail $78.99
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $90.99
Everything works great and I am very happy with it all but when I play a game, Battlefield 2 with AIX mod for example, my frame rate has dropped from being capped solid at 100, using fraps to monitor fps, to 85 - 90...
The only thing I changed was the audio settings where I changed it to use the creative x-fi and enabled EAX support. It was perviously set to use hardware for the sound and performance was set to high.
I now that enabling the EAX takes the stereo sound and processes it for 5.1 output but I also thought that by adding a sound card and not using on board sound was supposed to help performance. The EAX works great by the way and sound amazing in game.
Also my desktop res is set to 1920 x 1200 but I don't have that option in BF2 I can only max it to 1680 x 1050 which was the max of my previous monitor.
I would think my system in my specs below should be able to handle BF2 and mods much better than this.
Any ideas as to what could be hampering my performance?
Rosewill Thor V2 Full Tower - i5 3570K Stock W/ CORSAIR Hydro Series H60
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Asus Sabertooth Z77 Mother Board - GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB SSD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Asus DVDRW 24x - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 PSU
Samsung P2770FH ToC Rose Black 27" Monitor - Logitech G15 Keyboard
MX518 Mouse - Logitech x540 5.1 Speakers
Turtle Beach HPA2 5.1 Surround Sound Headset - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit