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What should I get?

By eclipse245
May 1, 2009
  1. Hey guys,

    I'm on a $300 budget.

    I'm waiting for ArmA 2 to come out, and I currently play Flight Simulator X.

    Now, I am planning to upgrade.

    I currently own the AMD Athlon X2 6400+ at 3.2GHz. And the eVGA 8800GT 512MB.

    I need to know whether or not, I should just upgrade the CPU to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

    OR

    Get a new Graphics card?

    Which will give me better performance?


    Thanks!
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Honestly you should be getting good performance already, the 6400+ is a decent CPU, and the 8800 is a great graphics card too.
    I will tell you to look up your graphics settings, turn off anti aliasing (aa) and or turn down resolution.
     
  3. eclipse245

    eclipse245 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Looks so bad with low res though.
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Flight simX is a very Cpu heavy program, i have no idea why its written that way, but it is. so a better cpu will probably help with that game.
     
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Flight sim optimizes all cores, very cpu heavy. Havnt played it so I'll keep my suggestions to myself for now...although I'm leaning towards a cpu.
     
  6. eclipse245

    eclipse245 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Yeh, and on the ArmA 2 forums, they reccommend a Quad, and I want to play that game with High Graphics baby. So...I guess the CPU is good choice?

    Do you guys know of ANY place where I can get it a few bucks cheaper, or should I stick with the 940 or just go with the 920?
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The 920 can be had for $170 or so here.

    Also, unless FSX and ArmA 2 will be the only games you will play, getting a more powerful video card is the way to go.
     
  8. eclipse245

    eclipse245 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Well the 8800, is said to work great with ArmA 2, so I think, I might just get a new CPU.

    And correct me if I'm wrong, but my mobo is AM2, and the Phenom is AM2+, however I read somewhere that my mobo is compatible with both, this is the mobo I have:

    Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe

    Can somebody double check that for me? ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I do not think your motherboard is compatible with the newer CPU's, sadly.
     
  10. eclipse245

    eclipse245 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Oh sorry, I couldn't even find it on ASUS's website, and the board is pretty old, so I assumed it wouldn't work out, especially with AM2 and AM2+ socket differences.
     
  12. eclipse245

    eclipse245 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Well the differences aren't big really.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

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