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Intel17
08-18-08, 12:18 AM
So, my friend has the following specs (they're not pretty, heh):

AMD Athlon X2 3600+
1GB Ram
ATI Radeon X300

Now, he's just purchased a GeForce 8800GT, but what we want to know is, how significantly will the Athlon X2 bottleneck the video card? Clearly, he's going to see an improvement, but for hard-core games (UT3, Crysis, Quake Wars, etc.), would an upgrade to a nicer CPU (say a faster variant of the X2) yield worthwhile benefits?

Thanks!

-Intel17

Revs
08-18-08, 02:45 AM
I depends on the res he's running at. He really needs to get at least 2Gb of RAM, too :).

XDanger
08-18-08, 04:23 AM
upgrading to a faster X2 would be polishing a turd.

Sell him your Q6600 when you upgrade :)

Intel17
08-18-08, 09:05 AM
Oh, I'll let him know to buy an additional gig of ram. I don't think he can afford a new mobo/CPU at this point, but I'll recommend that he upgrade them ASAP. Thanks!

Tr1cK
08-18-08, 09:24 AM
Overclock that X2 to about 2.4 and it should last a while. I've seen a lot of them hit that with no voltage increase and on the stock cooler. SLippe had one doing 2.5.

CaptNKILL
08-18-08, 09:53 AM
Does he even have a PCI-Express slot? The X300 is a pretty old card.

EDIT: Nevermind, X300 was PCI-E. :)

In that case, he'd get a massive performance improvement in some cases, but the CPU and memory would totally ruin it most of the time.

At the very least he needs 2Gb of memory. If he's using an AM2 CPU, he could get a good upgrade rather cheap, but if he's on 939 he's out of luck.

Tr1cK
08-18-08, 10:03 AM
Good point Cap. My X550 in my HTPC is basically a revised X300. I don't know the differences though.

Intel17
08-18-08, 07:33 PM
All righty, he's going to save up for a system exactly like mine -- it should only be a month or two before he can afford it. 'till then, he'll still have a much better experience with his new card than with the craptastic x300. Thanks, all!