>> "Drew" <sheba3169@xxxxxx> wrote in
>>> Hey all
>>> Running a Intel D975XBX2 motherboard 4gigs of ddr667 ram and Core2
>>> duo 1.86 and Nvidia 7900gs vid card and I am curious what would be
>>> the best bang for the buck speed upgrade some might suggest.. I play
>>> games like Company of Heroes as well as racing simulators ( Rfactor
>>> and GTR2)and flight sims (Microsoft's flight sim X.) I am not
>>> necessarily having any problems but would like advice on next
> "Andy [YaYa]" <android8675@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Get a nice Quad Core.
>> Lastly would be video, I use a 8800GT, but the new ATi 4850 or 4870
>> has won a ton of rewards for their price and performance vs. "faster"
>> nVidia cards like the 280gtx. I would go with one of those. Not the
>> ATi 3000 series, go for the 4850 or 4870
>> An option anywhere along those lines would be to upgrade your hard
>> drive array. I run 3 x 320 gig, basic Seagate drives, but I use the
>> first for my C: drive and the other 2 I stripe (RAID0) for my D:
>> drive. Make sure you run your pagefile.sys on the D:\ drive for extra
>> speed with the virtual memory file.
"Drew" <sheba3169@xxxxxx> wrote in
> Andy...I should have mentioned, (Brain fart ! ) I am running Vista
> business and have been since the very first day it came out...I am
> running the 32bit edition but I do own the 64bit and both are retail.
> I am looking at the Q6600 as well as a couple of Ati 4670s.. I also
> have twin 160gig Seagate's sata1.5's and I was looking at maybe a sata
> 3.. In your opinion for this would 64bit get me better performance !!
I would definatly go 64-bit if you can. It won't get better performance
unless the game has a 64-bit client, not many do. Half Life: Source
games, Supreme Commander, and a bunch of other mainstream titles have
64-bit versions available, so I'd say it's worth the investment. I do
retail work part time, and probably 2/3'rds of the systems we sell (Best
Buy) are running 3+ gigs of ram with Vista 64-bit, so hey everyone, 64-
bit OS's are finally in the majority! Woot! I don't even think OS X is
running 64-bit yet, but I may be wrong.
Hard Drives, up to you, they are cheap as hell now. Don't RAID0 your C:
drive, or just keep backups if you do.
Yeah, I'm not 100% sure I got the ATi model numbers right, but HardOCP
site seems to think a crossfire ATi setup of the cards one down from top
of the line (they cost like $149 each) is the best way to go now.
I've never played around with SLI or Crossfire, it just seems like a
waste of moolah to me, but I can't deny that makes a difference.