Wondering if I could get some opinions on what to upgrade on my cpu to help performance. I plan on doing two upgrades (one now and one around Christmas). I'm not an expert and I am trying to figure out what I should replace first to have the most noticable improvements. My system specs are below with some questions afterwards - Taking this information off a benchmark application I ran:
Windows Vista Home Edition (64-Bit)
EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard (122-CK-NF68)
Power Supply: 750W
Intel Core2 6600 @2.4 GHz
Total Physical Memory (6141 MB RAM)
Available Physical Memory (4857 MB RAM)
OCZ Platinum 4 Gigabyte (667 MHz)
OCZ Gold 2 Gigabyte (667 MHz)
Virual Memory (6441 MB)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Monitor 1: 1920x1200x32 (60Hz)
So there are my specs - High Resolution i get a score of 2291 Low Resolution I get 2656 on the FFXIV Benchmark video.
I am trying to figure out what needs to be changed here. I had some thoughts but I don't know what is the best thing to do. I was looking to spend no more than $500 at this portion of the upgrade.
I found a Motherboard/CPU bundle I liked:
This brings me right to $500. Could I use my existing memory here? It's DDR2 I'm not sure if I can put in 4 sticks 2x2GB and 1x2GB on a DDR3 Motherboard...
The other thought was just to upgrade my processor and memory to 8GB and 800Mhz (I think 667MHz is kinda slow)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4631346&CatId=3412 - x2
I was also wondering if I should get Windows 7 or is Vista ok - does it make a difference?
I originally thought of getting a better video card, but I think at this point I've reached a bottleneck somewhere with my CPU or Memory Speeds? Any suggestions? Thanks!
Edited, Sep 19th 2010 2:15am by bruschijr
Edited, Sep 19th 2010 2:16am by bruschijr
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