LaP, on 19 November 2012 - 19:59, said:
Honestly i think upgrading your GPU is a waste of money.
If i were you i would save and upgrade the whole thing. A good AMD or Intel APU might actually perform better than your CPU with 660.
The core 2 duo used to be good CPU but they are really outdated. I'm using one at work and it's signficantly slower than a Core IE5 while working with Visual Studio and Creative Suite.
Oddly enough I find it depends on what I'm doing. I currently run a Core2Duo E6600 coupled with an ATi/AMD Radeon HD3850 that is still pretty damn smooth.
At work most of the machines I've run are now i5 and i7 machines and for some reason have more performance hiccups than this machine. Maybe it's because at home I've always made sure my machine is finely tuned in all regards. I still play new games on it...in fact I have Deus Ex: HR on here...and it runs nice and smooth at 1680x1050...same with Fable III & Burnout Paradise, and so on.
pes2013, on 19 November 2012 - 20:00, said:
Ordering the GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB as we speak.
Thank you for your post.
To be fair actually their post is fairly relevant. It's similar to what I was saying earlier in that you actually are quickly approaching a bottleneck situation where your processor is going to hold you back more than your graphics card. Once that point hits upgrades to the GPU will have little effect without more bandwidth at the CPU level.
Think of it like the literal neck of a bottle. The smaller that neck...the less that can move freely out of the bottle. That's basically what older parts do to a system over time.