Originally Posted by Choggs396
I realize you've been getting some flames here; I will just be honest with you.
While I'm not usually a big fan of the "OMG you're going to have a huge bottleneck" hysteria when it comes to video cards, I feel that I can say with good confidence that your Pentium D CPU is probably crippling the performance potential of your GTX 280, and likely by a great deal. That is just an absurd waste of money (no offense).
What to do in your situation? I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend. IF you want to keep your GTX 280 (which I see you're sitting pretty firm on that one), you at least need to buy a decent socket 775 motherboard (something with a P35 chipset, or 750i/780i for future SLI potential) and a mid-to-high range C2D/C2Q CPU like an E8400 or Q6600. Otherwise, I have a strong feeling you'll not be seeing the true potential of your GTX 280 - which would truly be a pointless waste.
If you can't spend much more money anytime soon: in all honesty, I would return the GTX280 or sell it (although it may be hard to find a buyer for anywhere near what you paid for it, which could defeat the whole purpose). Because (and someone else mentioned this) for the cost of that GTX280, you definitely could get a Q6600, P35 motherboard, AND HD 4870 for around the same cost and more than likely have better performance - and actually be realizing the full potential of the GFX card, not wasting it.
Buying a GTX280 with a Pentium D (or other similar-era hardware) is like buying a big block V8 motor for a muscle car and attaching it to a transmission and axle made for a 4-banger with a flimsy old frame. It's just not gonna work right.
Tyvm!! That actually helped. I admit when I bought it I had no idea that my cpu was so underpowered.
You listed what i needed to know, thanks.
I see the card as less of a "Waste" and more of "something my rig can't hope to keep up with" ^_^. I'm getting there.
I think my case uses the compact mATX like Dman said, I have to look into that. It's a pretty tight fitting case though so he could be right.
And I just put a window in it D:
Sli would be nice, but im standing by my GTX280 so I don't think im getting more of those Edited by Rushnerd - 7/4/08 at 5:28pm