Originally Posted by malmental
I've been there before, I use to work for Dell years ago and my first home computer was a Dell that I upgraded to it's limits.
still wasn't enough and then at the time took the hardware except for mobo and rebuilt it to an AM2+ unit.
constructive opinion is that your looking at bottlenecks somewhat from the CPU,
and possibly HDD but I'm use to SSD's or 10K Veloci's so that's just me.
let's see the P2 X4 830 is what 2.8GHz with no L3 cache, not overclocked because of the Dell or is this Dell clockable.?
they did make a few with limited BIOS options.
tried AMD Overdrive on it and what are your RAM specs.?
at least it is a quad from AMD and not a dual core because then you'd be stuck for real nowadays.
so your FPS situation is the bottleneck from the CPU in my opinion.
with that being said the GTX 660 Ti is a nice start to a round of upgrades.
next I would get a case and mobo, PSU; AM3+ mobo and not sure if your current Dell PSU is a proprietary or standard ATX.
Thank you so much for the help. I was thinking I'd get a new case, definitely, since the cooling in this thing is horrid. You can google the dell xps 7100 power supply to see what it is exactly, but I read that it says "AcBel Rev A00 Date B1023 Model PC9004 ID 2406
Total power max 460w". I think I'll get a new one just for the peace of mind, and so I can SLI later in the future. Got any case recommendations? It'd be cool if I could get something that was quiet, since the current one is really loud..
How would I check this stuff about the bios? I was playing around with MSI afterburner, and it let me overclock the gpu and change the fan speeds and stuff. Probably doesn't have to do with the cpu and stuff, but it might.
The ram that came with it is apparently 1333mhz, but I haven't figured out how to check it. I bought samsung 1.35v 1600mhz ram but it might be limited by the motherboard at 1333. I might also upgrade to an SSD in the future.