View Full Version : Which first; video card or CPU/mobo/RAM?

08-29-07, 11:46 PM
With Crysis coming out in a couple months I'm getting antsy about upgrading my system to maximize my enjoyment of the game (and other games to come).

My original plan was to wait until just after Crysis's release (this is still true) and buy a new high end video card, such as a 8800GTX or if they're anywhere near availability a 9800. After this I'd wait to see what offerings AMD has with their new CPUs, and upgrade my CPU, RAM, and possibly motherboard (if I can't use the AM2+ upgrade board sold by ASRock).

Then, I checked out Futuremark's ORB for 3DMark 06...

Fastest FPS speeds with a dual core Opteron/Athlon (like mine) using a 8800GTX in 3DMark 06:

Return to Proxycon 38.455 fps
Firefly Forest 39.416 fps
Canyon Flight 50.409 fps
Deep Freeze 48.906 fps

Now, these same benchmarks on a comparable system, an Core 2 Duo 6600:

Return to Proxycon 58.533 fps
Firefly Forest 60.949 fps
Canyon Flight 79.419 fps
Deep Freeze 75.028 fps

Thats a ~20-30 FPS increase just by going to a new CPU platform!

Now I'm wondering if it would be more worthwhile spending $500 on a new CPU, mobo and RAM before spending the same on a new VC.

What do yall' think?

08-29-07, 11:56 PM
I also noticed even with my current 7600GT, I'd gain ~10-17 FPS just by platform upgrade alone. I had no idea even my current card was being bottlenecked by my system.

08-30-07, 12:34 AM
I think you've answered your own question.

BUT make sure you get the new 1333mhz fsb motherboards (such as Asus P5K Deluxe) and the new 1333mhz fsb Core 2 Duos (like an E6750)

OR you may want to consider the new DDR3 platform that everything seems to be gravitating to atm. in which case you would need a different mobo