I upgraded my PC with the components below 3 years ago (my sig). I used it for about a week after building it then havent touched it since. As can be seen the GPU at the time was one of the best costing me £300. Rather a waste as its worthless now. Ok now here is what I want to be able to do:
I am purchasing either a 22 or 24 inch HD (depending on screen size however I am thinking that its best to get 2 inch as the resolution of it is perfect - anything higher and it seems that alot of GPU's will not handle new games at that resolution on max settings - not to mention the distance one must sit from a larger screen) screen not sure which size yet or what format (16:10 etc)
I want to be able to play my old games such as Tomb Raider Legend and Annivesary, Hitman Blood Money, Far Cry (with HDR patch), C&C Tiberium Wars, GRAW 2 as well as newer games such as Far Cry 2 etc.
I want to be able to play on max settings at the screens native resolution.
I want to be able to play them at a smooth FPS ideally over 60FPS (Tiberium wars is limited to 30FPS I know).
I will also be using it to watch HD video.
The systems components would bottleneck a new GPU that costs £300+ so I do not think that is such a good idea. My question is would replacing the 8800 GTS I have in the PC at the moment with something low cost such as one of these: http://www.overclock.......&subid=1402
give me a significant improvement in FPS?
How is it possible to tell which new GPU would be bottlenecked by my system?
Also note that my system has a 965P board which if I remember does not have PCI-E 2.0.
A new system build is out of the question as I am spending in excess of £1,000 on re decorating my room and purchasing a new screen etc.
Would it be advisable to wait till I can afford a complete system overhaul before purchasing a GPU? Or would a lower cost GPU be cost-efficient given that I am a student and do not have a job so it would mean getting a job and waiting for about a year to be able to re-build to a nice high spec.
Posted a while back was told to post here. Many thanks