14th December 2006
A 7950GT? Wait for some sort of 8600GT, and get DX10. As for your cpu, you could OC it to about 2.7GHz, or you could go with maybe a 3800+ for about $150 or so (I havn't checked price). Don't go with that FX-55, those FX processors are overpriced, expecially when there counter parts are almoust Identical. For instance OC an X2 4400+ to 2.6GHz, it will pretty much be an FX60 indeed...
don't bother with CPU upgrade! Get you're self 2 gigs of ram and wait for a DX 10 cards to come down in price that way you'll beable to play Crysis maxed out. They do have DX 10 cards on the market witch are the Geforce 8800's but there extermelly expensive.
Alright,so DX10 is only available on the 8800s?
Yup, and they're bloody expensive. It may be worth waiting for cheaper, less powerful DX10 cards but to be honest I don't have a clue when they'll be out, and I have even less clue about when DX10 games will be out.
any idea what I should set my cpu speed settings at?
Your looking to overclock it then?
On stock cooling you could probably run it somewhere between 2.4 and 2.6Ghz. Don't just go a set it that high though, take a look and some good overclocking guides before you attempt it.
The only way to find out how far you setup can go is to do it. Take it in small steps and test for instability. Doing it properly is a long process but you get a faster processes and you know it's stable.
A badly overclocked processor is one of the worst things you can have in a PC.