guggas

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So, my rigs gaming performance is isn't quite where I would like it to be and I'm looking to upgrade..

Current specs:

mobo - Biostar TA780g M2+
CPU - Phenom 8650 2.3ghz (triple core)
ram - Samsung 2gb ddr2 800mhz 6-6-6-18 timings
gpu - Sapphire Radeon Vaporx-x 5770 1gb
psu - Corsair 750hx
HDD - WD 80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache
OS - Windows xp home
Monitor res - 1920 x 1080

I have already ordered a new HD (Samsung Spinpoint f3 500gb). So I will be adding that soon. I plan to boot from the new 500gb drive. I also plan to install win 7 64bit on the new drive in a dual boot configuration in the next day or two.

I started playing Crysis recently and have enjoyed it. I was only getting about 26fps on medium. I overclocked my processor in the bios from 2.3 ghz to 2.7ghz, my average fps went up to 33fps on medium detail. This would lead me to believe that my computer is bottlenecked at the cpu. I am considering these upgrades:

cpu: Phenom II x4 945 Deneb 3.0Ghz 95watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696

and ram: 4gb G skill ddr2 1066mhz 5-5-5-15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

total cost $265.98

(1) Would this be money well spent as far as the performance gains for my system?

(2) Would this be enough to play Crysis on high? what sort of fps could I expect?

(3) Can you suggest any other upgrades that would be better in performance or cost?

also is this the correct ram? The specs on newegg mention the compatible intel boards but i have an amd system, is that cause for concern with this ram?

Thanks!!!!!
 

moody89

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I'm no expert on gaming and what you would need for that but out of all your specs, your CPU and RAM do seem to be the weak links there. The Phenom II X4 945 is a very nice chip and will perform very well in games. Memory looks good too just double check that your board supports 1066MHz as it may only support up to 800MHz. The Biostar website is the place to look!
 

moody89

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No it's not on the supported memory list but then there are plenty of RAM manufacturer's which arent on the supported list. Obviously its impossible for them to test every manufacturer and brand etc. It's also not listed on that AMD validated list thats linked to in the specs.

I have read that with some boards certain 1066 sticks are underclocked to 800MHz due to chipset limitations. I'm not sure if this is the case with yours though. I really couldn't say for definite to be honest. The memory should run in your board but whether it will run at 1066MHz is another question. The choice is yours!
 

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