U don't list the amount of RAM u got. But, in general, I've watched folks upgrade - adding, adding, adding extras into their CPU box and then there isn't enough juice to run it all. 2-gig RAM and you get a minimal boost with your suggest 8800gt card. U might have to swap your Power Supply to 400 or 500 WATT. Consider the total costs vs. a custom built box from the factory. But, your CPU should have been adequate.
Finally, it has been my experience that the high-powered graphics cards burn up faster. I never got 2 years service out of a monster-card with the big fan on the chip.
Much ado about PCIe graphics cards, but the fact of the matter is that no software is written yet to optimize PCIe. Indeed the vision for use of PCIe was for HD video graphic editing.
Make sure whatever graphics hardware card u get is rated at 16x (the bus transfer) with 3D acceleration drivers. that's about all you can do with any hardware before you begin investing serious dollars in custom playstations.
· 1 decade ago