Just recently, I invested in a M1730, which I love. Now, my desktop, it's graphics card is basically on it's last leg. I still use my desktop as it has more games and what not than my laptop does so I wanna keep my desktop alive. It's not an über 1337 h4x0r computer. Like a 7 grand XPS 730. I'd like to upgrade my gfx card. I don't want one that'll rip crysis to shred at max everything. I'd like a supplement to my 7600GS. Preferably in the 512MB range....a little more is okay, but not more than 1GB...lol. Single slot as well cause I think my sound card is right next to it. And no more than, oh, I dunno 200 bucks. I do have a 300 watt PSU which is kind of limiting in what I can cram in my case. I was actually looking at a 650 Watt psu and a 9800GT on newegg. Newegg.com - MSI N9800GT 512OC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards Thats the one I was looking at. A 650 watt so I can upgrade to newer stuff as time goes along. Put 2 more HDD's in it, a more powerful gfx card, sound card, and maybe a physx card...lol. You never know. What do you guys recommend? Games played: EVE-Online Flight Simulator X CS:S BF:2.....rarely FSX is the one that murders my GFX card and nearly make landings impossible. EVE-Online runs smoothly with my 7600GS with 30-40+ FPS with the occassional drop to 20 +/- FPS due to ships spawning, gas clouds, lots of ships, or being in Jita. This is a budget gaming system that I own. About 4 years old, 3.0GHz P4, 2GB of RAM, Creative Audigy SE, etc. So, i am a bit limited in what I can do/add. Also, recommendations on other computer parts would be appreciated. Hmm...need to find a bigger desk, for bigger monitor. :P
dunno... but if you upgrade from time to time, you might going to need that 650 watt PSU. You might check for ATI cards too, if your budget is limited.
You should really consider picking up some 2nd hand components. That cpu is going to bottleneck whatever else you decide to pick up. If you look around you can find a e2160, 600w psu, and a 8800gt for under $200.
If I were you I would definitely not buy that video card. For that money you can get a Radeon 4830 or spend an extra $20 and get a 4850 which will blow it out of the water.
My M1730, could prolly smoke my desktop, but like I said, most of my games are on the desktop. I don't care if the processor is obsolete or if DDR2 is outta date, my gfx card prolly doesn't have much longer to live. I mean, I'm getting pink lines going across the screen from time to time. PS: My mobo isn't compatible with C2D processors or anything else for that matter. P4s....ftw.
A BIOS upgrade may fix that, if it's a 775 Pentium.
It's an Intel D915PCY mobo. LGA775 port. Would a C2D work on it?
Probably, I'm sure there's a BIOS update supporting them, don't see a reason why there wouldn't be. Go have a look first though.
Get this for your graphics card:
Its about the same as the 8800GT/9800GT. Honestly, anything faster like a 4850 would be a waste. Any P4 is going to be a pretty big bottleneck for most cards these days.
You should really consider picking up some 2nd hand components.
Agreed. Even if your board ends up not supporting a C2D, it should at least support a Pentium D, which while not that great, will still be a step above a P4. You could probably find them or a high end P4 (say 3.6Ghz) dirt cheap on eBay.
Or possibly overclock your P4 if you don't want to buy a new CPU just yet.
915 chipset does not support core2 processors. You might be able to find a combo on ebay though. Or check out other forums. For example I saw a Rampage extreme for $50 second hand and I picked up a e6750 for $80 a couple days ago. You just have to sniff out the deals.
I was thinkin about getting a more powerful P4 processor or a Pentium D. So, what would you guys recommend. I wanna keep this computer running cause it has loads of stuff on it that I don't wanna lose (like game files, etc. etc.). I'm on a tight budget for this computer so, what do you recommend.