Anyway, the current hardware is an Intel Core2Duo Wolfdale 8400 3.2GHz dual core, 8GB memory, and an nVidia 9800 GT 1GB video card. He's currently adding an SSD and a few other peripherals, but isn't sure what would give him the bigger bang for the buck. It's a choice between an Intel i5 3570 3.4GHz quad core Ivy Bridge (along with motherboard and memory), or a beefier video card.
Personally I'm kind of leaning towards the CPU/MB/Memory first.. when he plays the more demanding games I've kept an eye on his CPU and it tends to hit the ceiling at 100% on both cores. I know the GPU isn't state of the art but it does a very good job overall for the most part, lacking DX11 of course but he didn't seem too picky about it. I know the GPU will eventually hit the ceiling too on what it can do but I don't think its there yet.. for an older card I was rather impressed with the thing. Assembling the thing is easy, just not sure which would give him a better performance boost overall.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
Best Answer psionicinversion , 12 September 2013 - 02:58
you dont NEED an SSD, its good for system startup and applications but there is NO performance gain in games apart from lvl load time which happens rarely, cus once a game is laoded its minimal in accessing textures and stuff, its not important for a pure gaming machine. better spent on actually hardware not "aesthetic" performance. i love my ssd it boots windows so fast but i keep most of my games on a partition on a normal mechanical hard drive and it doesnt really make any differenceGo to the full post