Originally Posted by metallicamaster3
Unfortunately, not so
You have a pretty decent graphics card now, thanks to your dad
however I'd look into upgrading your motherboard, CPU, and RAM fairly soon. It'll bottleneck the performance of your GPU pretty bad.
I disagree. First of all, a cpu bottle neck is not what he'll have. In the broadest sense of the term, sure, a faster cpu will net him more performance. But a true cpu bottle neck means that at any resolution or graphics settings his frames will stay the same, as his cpu is preventing any higher performance than a certain base amount.
If you play around with graphics settings you will get many games to play just fine. I used to have an e4500 cpu with an 8800GS and it played all kinds of games at good settings.
Still, you will want to look at a cpu upgrade.
Originally Posted by The Mad Mule
Yeah, your CPU is severely holding you back from playing anything recent. At least by a couple of years.
Again, this is not true at all. Its almost like no one here has played on anything but a Core i7.
Any modern game will play on his system. Will he have to compromise some settings? Sure, but they will play at playable frame rates.
EDIT: I want to be very clear here that you really should get a better cpu for gaming. Its just that modern games will play, you'll just have to tweak the graphics settings. I don't want the OP to think that he won't be able to play the games he wants to play. Once he buys the game he can always upgrade his cpu if he wants more performance.Edited by Mygaffer - 11/5/11 at 1:53am