I've been lurking for a while as a guest now and then but have found I need to ask for some advice from yourselves.
Basically, a family member invested in Crysis for me for christmas not knowing the sort of spec needed to run it on high (or at all!). I have a good spec PC, but for some reason I just can't get any semblence of acceptable performance from my GPU no matter what game I load up and play. So I figured I'd ask maybe see what advice comes out of this. I've done a couple searches of threads on here, read the overclocking guide etc but i'm not really the wiser so any help is appreciated.
Plenty of HD space
Native monitor resolution 1900 x 1200
Quad Core Q6600 @2.4Ghz
6GB RAM (although not entirely sure what type)
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
- Core Clock set at 540MHz
- Memory Clock set at 400MHz
- Shader Clock set at 1188MHz
I'm no expert, but I was under the impression that card wasn't 'bad', perhaps it's not 'good' either for playing newer games. I could overclock and a prog came with the computer to do it with just a slide of the above clock settings, it but I'm not really sure what I'm doing there. Rather frustratingly, I ran 3DMark Vantage and got quite frankly unacceptable results from the tests, weighing in with a phenomenally crap average FPS of around 2 or 3, sometimes even topping a mammoth 0 FPS which leads me to wonder if it's actually set up properly in the first place. These tests were run over a 1080p resolution so I guess I got what was coming to me, but they were also equally rubbish using smaller resolutions even so far as a paltry 1024 x 768 on High with 2x anti-aliasing on Crysis was woeful as well.
So I'm thinking unless someone can help me work some magic with this then I'll have to upgrade, I've got a budget of about £150 at a big push. I've read on here about 8800 GT being nice however maybe it's my n00b eyes but the specs don't look much different to mine? I'm not sure about my motherboard manufacturer but I know it's got PCIe 1x and PCIe 16x, the 16x being what the current card is slotted into - so i'm guessing I can't bridge if there's just 1 PCIe 16x? One point that I should note is that preferrably any new card would have HDMI out.
So any ideas folks, or am I sticking with my 360?
Edited by mart_blade, 11 January 2009 - 12:23 PM.