I bought a Dell XPS 400 back in December 2005 and it's been great, but I have really been getting into computer games (namely FEAR, Doom 3, Call of Duty 2) and after upgrading my video card (Nvidia 6800 --> Nvidia 7900 GT) I am still having some choppiness, on high or low settings.
For instance, after testing FEAR at 1186x864x32 with all settings at MAX, I receive an average fps of ~44, peak of ~61, and a minimum of ~22 - about 50% of the test was above 40fps, 3% below 25fps, and the rest between 25 and 40 fps. That's not too bad. However, with FSAA turned off, filtering dropped from 16x anisotropic to just trilinear, and resolution down to 640x480x32, I receive the exact same fps (give or take 1-3 fps) with the percentages slightly better (about 66% above 40fps, 3% below 25fps, and the rest between 25 and 40fps). Not bad performance, but not a real big difference either.
I am disatisfied because overall, gameplay is not 40, 50, 60fps smooth like the tests show. Even in Call of Duty 2, the difference between high settings and low settings is practically nothing. I think this is an indicator that the CPU is just not quite up to the task (at least the way I want).
So anyway, I want to upgrade my Pentium D 3.00GHz (830) processor to something a little faster, maybe with hyper threading? I would be willing to spend a couple hundred $$, but really no more than like $250~300 at the most. Do you guys have any thoughts or recommendations on this? Thanks for the help (sorry this post is so long)!
PS - I have 1 gig of RAM, and when I play games I make sure I don't have any programs on in the background (except antivirus autoprotect is on), screen saver off, no IMs, etc. I defragment my HD every 1-2 weeks as well. That's all. Thanks!
PS - I've had problems with Malware in the past, but a few months ago I got my hands on Spyware Doctor, and it really did the trick. Right now I use Norton Antivirus '06, Windows Defender, and Trend Micro Anti-Spyware, and no longer have any problems. As far as I know there isn't any malware on my computer at all.
Edited by DrumProdigy83, 25 July 2006 - 10:20 PM.