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Old 06-13-2005, 03:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question New video card or CPU?

Hi. I need some advice with a choice I am going to make.

Right now I have a Pentium 4, 2.4 Ghz, one GB of memory, and an Nvidia PNY 5900, 128 mb (AGP).

I want to upgrade my rig, so I can get higher FPS in my games. My FPS in doom 3, half-life 2, and the Battlefield 2 demo is low, and I hate playing with most of the features disabled for performance.

My choices are:
1. Buy a Pentium 3.0 Ghz, 800 bus, 1 mb cache, & a DVD-rom.
2. (update) My motherboard is big enough to fit a Leadtek 6800 GT, so I think I'll list that one instead of the eVGA.

Which one would increase my FPS more? I cannot get both of them right now, but I do have enough cash for one.

If I got the new CPU, would it make my 5900 faster?
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the video card and if u can buy an aftermarket cooler ond o/c your p4 that is if u know how or are willing to do that.
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I would get the 6800 gt then after that you should try to upgrade mobo and Cpu to an AMD 3000+ CPU and som mobo if your worried about your game fps.
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Uh, Grim, can you explain why a 1.8 ghz (64 bit right?) AMD is faster than a 3 ghz Pentium?
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I know I am not grim but Ghz is not every thing an 3000+ means it preforms about the same as a 3.0 p4.
here is a web site
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/acti...tarticle/1465/
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sorry the article is old but you will get the idea
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Well Matt, I think it means I do not need to worry about upgrading my CPU for a very long time. Looks like the video card is priority one. I did notice one interesting thing about the 3000+ - The Bus speed is 2,000 MHz!!! WOW!
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Yah they communicate with the rest of the system much faster.Is that the reason AMD is on par with intel also because of higher bus speeds GrimReaper?
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oh hi all yea that is pretty much correct becasue the have quicker bus speed (shorter leads) I think. the ????+ number means approximatly how many MHz Intel is to be up to par with it but that is not everything here is a benchmarking site.
http://www23.tomshardware.com/index.html
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yeh clock speed isnt everything...compare the fx55 with the extreme p4
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