Will it make sense if I get a great graphics card but keep my average CPU?

Hi I'm planning an upgrade of my PC to play new games like bioshock & call of duty 4. I currently have a P4 3.2 ghz processor and a geforce 6600. I want to play these games at a reasonably high resolution and am upgrading my graphics card to something in the geforce 8800s series.

What I want to know is are my proccesor and graphics card linked? Will I take full advantage of a geforce 8800 GT with my current processor or will I have to upgrade that as well?



Oh and my RAM is 2 gb.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You will get the good graphics of an 8800GT, however the physics in Bioshock and Call of Duty 4 will not be as good. If you have a socket 775 motherboard that supports a core 2 duo, I would also upgrade to that. Even the 4300 will be a huge improvement over a pentium 4, and it is very cheap.

    By the way, if you are going Nvidia then stick with the 8800GT. Anything else is not worth the money. Also, make sure your power supply can handle it. have at least 24 amps on the 12 volt rail. If you have multiple 12V rails you can roughly add them together to get the total amps.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    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

    Yes, your CPU isn't doing THAT much for the game, only the AI and event management. You GPU (graphics card) is doing the true heavy lifting. That said, your CPU sounds kind of old and it's doubtful you're running something with PCI-e and you'll likely need a new motherboard and CPU. Right now you can't really go wrong with Intel as the Core Duo is owning all right now.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Assuming your motherboard could not support Intel dual cores, then i must introduce to you the budget AMD option for gaming:

    This motherboard


    This cpu


    This graphics card (one for now :P)


    Awesome performance at a devastating price :P Upgrade options? Try a quad core processor and another similar graphics card for crossfire w/o forking out for a new motherboard in the future hehe

    Source(s): Recommended PSUs for crossfiring by AMD: http://ati.amd.com/technology/crossfire/buildyouro...
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