Hello all. I have been getting lackluster performance in the games I play (Minecraft and WoT mainly, but I occasionally play others). Seems my rig is finally starting to show its age. Both games need to be run at reduced settings to get tolerable performance, and both games still get hiccups and spikes even with said settings.
The reason I want to upgrade my GPU is because its one of the few parts that I will be able to eventually carry over into a newer machine. My specs are as follows:
- Core 2 Duo Wolfdale (No HT) 2.66 GHz
- 4GB DDR2 RAM (Maxed out. Yes, go ahead and laugh)
- Nvidia 8600 GT (Served me well for many years)
My question is, if I get a mid-to-high level graphics card from a not-quite-current generation (or some other good discount deal) will it be worth it, or will the rest of my hardware be bottlenecking me? I'm looking to spend somewhere between $50 and $100 (on the lower end) so it's not like I'm expecting to put a Geforce 880 in there or anything. Just the equivalent to my 8600, when I put together my computer 7 or 8 years ago.
If there is something worth buying, what would it be? I'm partial to Nvidia, but am willing to consider AMD if I get a lot more bang for my buck.
Thanks in advance for any advice.