My weak point in my system?

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  1. forester54 macrumors member

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    I was playing some games this weekend and it was just not playing properly, bogging down, and looked like crap so what do you guys think is my weak point in my system:

    2x2.66Ghz
    9GB RAM
    250gb, 750gb, 500gb, 1tb in that order
    512mb x1900 ati radeon

    is it my video card?
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    Your GPU is not the best, but from your description it sounds like there's something wrong with your game.
     
  3. forester54 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was playing Left4Dead and it just looked terrible so I was wondering if its my hardware
     
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    you think the x1900 should still play games pretty decently? I will try another game tonight when I get home to my MP and let you know
     
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    It's a combination of bus speed_&_throughput limitations on your system and the capabilities of your X1900. It's mostly the slow bus though! Put your x1900 in a new MB with decent bus speeds and you'll see it still keeps up for most games - all but the most demanding!
     
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    do you guys think I would see differences if I put a 4870 or 4890 in? I have been thinking of doing the upgrade anyway but now I want to start doing some gaming as well
     
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    No. Memory, CPU, and PCIe bus speeds and throughputs on newer boards are SIGNIFICANTLY faster. This will make much more difference than upgrading an x1900 to an HD4870. Of course the best case would be to upgrade both (MB and GPU) where the difference in GPU capabilities can actually be realized.
     
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    20% at most?

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140&p=11

    already more then 20% there, and that is vs a 8800gt....

    so if 1900xt to -> 4890 gives me, maybe ~50fps more in a game
    keeping the 1900xt and just switching motherboard and memory, would give me 50+fps?
    lol that is bs and you know it:)

    i mean just look at this:
    http://barefeats.com/nehal05.html
    yeap sure the nehalem scores more fps vs clovertown with same GPU, but we are talking ~20fps
     
  13. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    OK. i didn't realize the x1900 was that much slower than the 8800. My bad.

    I could make these claims if his current card were 8800 level though. :D
     
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