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post #1 of 28
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I was really into computers and gaming a few years ago, but that was because my dad bought the family a good computer. Of course after a couple years the computer became obsolete and I kinda feel out of the computer/gaming scene. However, I recently bought my own computer (see below) but felt like I was in the dark when I did it, so I'm not really sure what I got.

What I really am puzzled about is if my processor is any good. With all these Core 2 Duo and upcoming Quad cards, I feel a bit behind...and I've had my computer for a month. So exactly how far behind am I? Is a Pentium D at 4.05 GHz still considered good?

For that matter, is everything else good? I took a look at the specs for the new G Nivida 8800 and it just puts what I have to shame
My System
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Pentium D 4.05GHz Asus P5WD2-E Premium BFG 7900 GTX OC 2GB Crucial Ballistix 
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post #2 of 28
Doesnt really put it to shame as its still a good and and pretty new graphics card.

Your processor is outdated but still really good(to me,anyway).

Then again this is all my opinion.
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post #3 of 28
just look at what i'm running, and i do music editing, video editing and a bunch of stuff and it still works fine for me. it is time for an upgrade for me and i'll get one. my system is going to my dad, he is just learning about computers so i think it will be great for him. what you got is good for basically anything you want to do, unless your really into gaming and things like that.
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post #4 of 28
Your system still owns pretty hard man.... You're being way to insecure... Sure there are quad cores coming out and dx10 cards out right now, but how long was conroe out before quads were announced? Technology tends to move very quicky and if you judge something as being "obsolette" by what else is currently out or what is coming out, you'll be spending all your money constantly upgrading rather than on games...

Don't judge a rig as being obsolete based on whats out and whats coming out... instead do what I do: ask yourself: "What games am I currently playing? Are the frames dropping below 30fps? What games am I planning on purchasing? Is the framerate on that going to drop below 30fps?" A system isn't obsolete until it can't keep up anymore... thinking anything different is just going to cuase you to go broke trying to "keep up"
post #5 of 28
I need a good explination why you spend all the $$ on the GPU and not as much on the CPU. Should be a 50/50 balance $$ wise. I would look into a E6300 and OC that puppy right up. It's not that expensive, and would give you crazy preformance over a PD. Don't worry too much about falling behind, heck, planned obsoleteness is bound to strike.

Lets put it this way, is there a game the 8800GTX can play that your 7900GTX can't?
    
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post #6 of 28
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I didn't spend 50/50 on the CPU/GPU because first of all, I was on an extremely tight budget (I got all of my system for $1350 Canadian, and second of all couldn't go even $50 above that), and I honestly wouldn't have known better anyways lol. In retrospect maybe i should have dropped something else and used the extra money for a better CPU...

But I guess my system is doing fairly well. It takes a long time to load stuff with 1GB of RAM, but I can play FEAR, Company of Heroes, BF2142 all on max...When Crysis comes around I might have to make some sacrifices, but...

Good point killer_concept, I never really thought about that...I guess I should spend more time killing people than worrying about a processor. You guys seem to think it is a bit old but will still work fine, so I guess I can keep it for a good six months until I upgrade. I just don't want to upgrade my 7900 for at least a year and a half though, so I hope it stays competitive.
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Pentium D 4.05GHz Asus P5WD2-E Premium BFG 7900 GTX OC 2GB Crucial Ballistix 
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Seagate 250GB +80GB +30GB Vista Premium Dell E207WFP 20.1" Wide G15 
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post #7 of 28
I like your rig. Owns mine dude, just because you dont have the most expensive newest stuff doesnt mean yours blows.
    
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post #8 of 28
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Wait, I just found out I have dual core P4 processors...is this standard or do I actually have two Pentium 4 processors?
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Seagate 250GB +80GB +30GB Vista Premium Dell E207WFP 20.1" Wide G15 
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post #9 of 28
You system still owns. You are even bottlenecked by your monitor. You can easily run all current games at 1280 x 1048 (your monitor's max) at 60+fps.
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post #10 of 28
Your rig is still good. Everything is cool man. Don't worry. All this crap with DX10 and quad cores...You won't even need them for now. At least 1 1/2 - 2 years later. But if you get money anytime soon..upgrade your RAM..which is always a plus and your CPU to the cheapest Core 2 Duo available.
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