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taocow

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First time poster looking for some upgrade advice. Have a machine that's a little over a year old that I built myself:

CPU AMD 64 |3500+ ATHLON
2GB RAM
ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE MB
NVIDIA 7800GT
550 POWER SUPPLY
WIN XP PRO

It's been a great machine and is fast as hell for 50% of what I do, but for the other half, games, it's starting to lag. TF2 is pushing it and Crysis is out of the question. I'm thinking of upgrading the vid card, cpu or both. I'm not on a limitless budget, but I could go high end if it would mean getting another couple of years out of it. That being said, I have two questions:

Video Cards
Are super high end cards a waste on this architecture? I I were to plunk down $650 on a Nvidia 8800 Ultra, would all that power be wasted when paired with my cpu or the vid card meant to carry the load regardless of the cpu?

Processors
Is it worth upping to a heftier processor, or would I only get a nominal performance bump?

As you can tell, I know just enough to be ignorant, so any and all opinions would be appreciated.

thanks.
 
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well seeing you have an ASUS A8N-SLI MB, you are limited to the 939 socket (not too many left), but from what i am seeing at newegg, you can get a x2 3800+ (as you can see from my comp specs, they can overclock a decent amount) for $60, but if you are not into overclocking the best CPU that you can get is dual core opteron @2.6 Ghz ($230) or $64-70 on an x2 4200+. A better CPU than the one you have now is needed to get more out of these new video cards.

For the best bang for you buck video card, the 8800GT (just came out...around $250) from what i see, it performs just under the 8800GTX, but people have been overclocking those a lot.
 
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for what its worth i had a similar problem a couple months ago. except my 6800gt blew up, so i was forced to. i have a 3500+ as well. i ended up getting an 8600gt mainly so that it had DirectX10 capabilities. but i wish i had gone with the 8800gt (which wasn't out at the time).
as far as performance, i haven't seen that much of a difference. i mean, yes HL2 looks better and can be run a little higher, but if want to play really high end games you are looking at a whole system upgrade, psu, processor, mobo, video card.

simply answer: yes you will see a "beauty" upgrade, but with games that require hard core physics and what not, you will need a faster processor.
 

taocow

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thanks, i appreciate the input. will look into those processors and see what i can get going. have also been avoiding the vista "upgrade" due to all of the horror stories, but may have to.
 
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