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Talk about an insightful post...

~Gooda~

Not really, was just a reply to your statement.
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Forgot to mention you will probably need to get a new case, since the emachines usually can only fit mATX boards as opposed to the standard ATX ones.
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Rushnerd:

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.
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You might be able to max all your games out, but that does not mean there isn't a bottleneck...you're only gaming at 720p which is less than 1280x1024 which is considered a low resolution around here. An 8800GT can probably max all your games out as well...you really need a new CPU to maximize the GTX280's performance and that means a new motherboard as well. You may not believe it, but if you sold that GTX280 and bought an E8400, a better motherboard, and an 9800GTX, I'd bet you'd have a better performing system than your current one. A great GPU is only as good as the rest of the system.
This I do know (all too well) its actually 1440X900 16:10, but when I do get that giant 30" I know i'll need the best parts I can get my hands on.

AND IM NOT SELLING MY BLOODY CARD, I LOVE IT. Nvida's GPU here should up some system performance right?


First things first, new Mobo.
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Ok well what exactly do you need in a motherboard? SLI? RAID? Firewire? And does it need to fit in your current case?
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Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
Rushnerd:

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
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Pentium Ds are nice, I have one myself.
It may be nice for those who are currently running on Pentium 3's. Otherwise, they're not nice.

You'd be much better off with something like an E2180 if you don't want to spend a lot.
 
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http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgrinf680is.aspx
Overkill? Or just right?
Yes I know it's BFG but I really want something great.
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http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgrinf680is.aspx
Overkill? Or just right?
Yes I know it's BFG but I really want something great.
Thats a bit overkill especially since you don't seem too concerned about SLI, and that looks like a tri-SLI board. I don't know too much about motherboards, but look up the 750i (or 650i for even cheaper). It has two PCI-E slots just incase you want to go SLI in the future and shouldn't be nearly as expensive.
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Thats a bit overkill especially since you don't seem too concerned about SLI, and that looks like a tri-SLI board. I don't know too much about motherboards, but look up the 750i (or 650i for even cheaper). It has two PCI-E slots just incase you want to go SLI in the future and shouldn't be nearly as expensive.
You make a good point, I really don't need sliX3, I doubt I need sliX2, but it would be nice to have.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026
750i nForce sli ftw.....F.T.W.?!

I need comfirmation that im useing a micro-ATX case though.
Edited by Rushnerd - 7/4/08 at 6:20pm
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