Originally Posted by revlimiter
I am asking because I would like to know if 1 card is enough to run the latest DirectX 11 games at ultra settings (1280x1024) based on my other current system specs.
I was also thinking.. I would have to also upgrade my mobo to do this..
But what if I used my existing 9800GTX+ for PhysX and purchased a GTX570 or GTX580? Would this help the framerate considerably? And it would only work with PhysX enabled games, right?
I guess I need to do some research on PhysX to determine how many games support PhysX and if it's ultimately worth it or if I should just go with one GPU (more bang for my buck)..
- First, you need to think how much money you are willing to spend on upgrades.
- Second, your CPU only has 4Mb of L2 cache; 2MB per pair of cores, that will always hinder performance, regardless of overclock. If you could get a Q9550, that would be a big improvement. The other day I saw a benchmark comparing a Core 2 Duo E7500 @2.93Ghz and a Core 2 Duo E8200 @2.66Ghz. The Core 2 Duo 7 series has half the cache (3MB) of the 8 series (6MB). The E8200 wins the benchmarks and in the games.
Given that your CPU has even less cache per pair than the E7xxxx series (but it's also true it has a faster FSB, so that might cancel out that particular difference, but nonetheless, you have a difficult road ahead in terms of overclocking to compensate.
- Third, you are using the 32bit version of Windows 7; and thus will not be taking advantage of the 64-bit goodness of both your 4GB of RAM and of the 64-bit Crysis 2 executable.
- Fourth, if you really want to spend money on a GTX570 or GTX580, you will need a new power supply. At least a quality 650w one.
- Fifth, if you want my opinion, just get a GTX560 ti (there are even some very nice overclocked versions), which will get what you want or very near it (it's an estimate, no one knows for sure since the game hasn't been released yet).
If you want a bigger investment to really be worthwhile (64-bit OS + New PSU + more expensive GPU GTX570 or GTX580), you are actually wasting them on such low resolutions, and the Q8400, even overclocked, will hold them back a bit. If I were you in that case I'd start building a new computer from scratch; I'd buy the GTX560 ti now, and then wait until the second half of the year and build a brand new Sandy Bridge system with a new set of monitor(s).
Cheers!Edited by tpi2007 - 2/19/11 at 3:53pm