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Need some upgrade advice please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Scrunchers, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. Scrunchers


    Joined: 5 Oct 2009

    Posts: 3

    Location: Dorset


    I put together my first rig in March 2007 ready for Crysis but its been unplayable for me to date so not actualy played it yet... frustrating but I want to play it at 2560 x 1600 rezzy on my 30" panel and it can't cope so I just put it off. Kinda hoped a patch would come in and it would be OK lol but that never happened. Anyway, one of my GTX8800's went bang so I am RMAing it. But it's got me thinking, if I upgrade my GPU's or one of them will I be able to play Crysis how I want to, and if so how long will this PC last me in terms of new titles? or am I better off starting again and if so what spec should I be looking at get it right on this panel. I just didn't buy the panel so I could watch it in low rezzy....

    Im guessing my CPU isn't up to it also. So same questions regfarding upgrade apply to that too. Or am I better off saving the cash from upgrading and buying a new rig altogether.

    Im sure you get lots of these posts and I apologise for that in advance but I really am torn between trying to fix this one up, which I don't know if it is a lost cause, and buying a new rig. Any thoughts?

    My gear
    Abit IN9 32X-MAX WiFi nforce 680 mobo
    2 x GTX8800s 750mb GPU's in Sli...one gone pop
    E6600 CPU
    4gb Geil PC6400C4800MHz DDR2
    Dell 3007wfp panel
    Vista 64bit

    Thanks for your consideration!
  2. skippy2421

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Mar 2009

    Posts: 1,999

    Location: Peterborough

    If you wish to save money i'd suggest getting a new cooler and overclocking that e6600, i hear they clock really well. 2x8800gtx couldn't manage crysis??? really? I know it won't run it at max settings especially on a 30" monitor but surely it would be playable after tweaking some settings.

    Basically it comes down to how much money you want to spend really. A cheap upgrade would be to just overclock the nuts off that e6600 and get a 5870 then get an i7/i5/am3 setup at a later date.

    However if you have say >£600 then may as well get a new rig and salvage things like the HDD to save a few pennies.
  3. Scrunchers


    Joined: 5 Oct 2009

    Posts: 3

    Location: Dorset

    Thx Skippy. I haven't OCed that e6600 yet as the uguru sofware that came with the mobo has issues. I updated bios etc but no avail. Guess I'll take a look at the weekend and try through the bios...something I put off on day one in case I ruin my rig being a noob to OC but I will have a play with it at the weekend.

    Crysis was terrible on my screen more a case of spf than fps it was that slow. I could reduce settings and get it playable but thats not how I planned it when I built my rig. Will see what happens with my RMA and maybe upgrade both cards and hope that it's not a waste of cash and increases the frame rate sufficiently.