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Old 02-03-2008, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Is this upgrade worth it?

I plan on buying an 8800GT 512mb. I will upgrade everything else in the future, but i jsut want somthing to get me more fps right now. Will my CPU make this upgrade not worth it? In Day of Defeat source i get about 30fps max settings. I am wondering even with my current cpu if i go from an x1600pro 512mb to the 8800GT will i get ATLEAST 30 more fps? In about a month or so i plan on buying a dual or quad cpu and the DS3L gigabyte motherboard + 2gb DDR2
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much money are you looking to spend? If you are going to build a whole new system, you might consider just waiting until you get the whole new system. at which point I would suggest a 8800GTS 512.

As for your actual question, I can not tell you if your cpu will be a bottleneck. Likely, it will. but the upgrade will still help you tremendously.
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See, i dont want to spend the extra 100$ for the 512mb GTS (GT out performs the 320mb and 640mb GTS)I just want the vid card to hold me over for now and then i will spend the 400$ on the motherboard ($90) ram ($40) Quad core CPU($260) ok so a lil over 400 lol
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well the GT is a great card, so it will do just fine. And you will probably be slowed down by your cpu, so yes. But if you are going to upgrade your whole system soon, id say go ahead and get it.
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That CPU will bottleneck.
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what do u mean by bottleneck? I know it will run slower than it can, but won't it still be way better than what I have now?
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he will still get way better frames....
how much are you getting the GT for?
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Evga one for $220 at a microcenter near me.
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whoa! The superclocked one is only $10 more ($230) should I do that?
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does the 12v rail plug into the video card? How does that work? My psu has dual rails 12v@18a and 12v@ 20a. Is that good enough for the 8800 and a quad core in the future?
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