Since the new RV770 is supposedly coming out in a few weeks I have been considering upgrades. After all a 7600GT can only run someone a few months at most.
My current specs are
M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition(Good with SLI)
2gb of DDR2 800 Ram Slightly OC'ed
Normal 250 Gb HDD 7200 RPM
600 Watt PSU
Geforce 7600 GT OC'ed
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ OC'ed to 3Ghz
I was wondering if a normal PCI-E 16X would bottle neck a card such as the 4870.
Would running a 4870 with the GDDR 5 Memory get bottlenecked by a PCI-E 16X slot? Also would my CPU bottle neck the video card, of do I have to watercool and overclock more?
Right now I am tired of playing games and not getting these famed FPS scorings. I get 50-60 FPS in CSS with AA 2x.(Don't ask, I am not that good)
I was also thinking of watercooling. My case I have right now is rather loud, with 3 80mm fans and a 120mm. Sounds like someone is blowing air into a hollow metal box. Not sure if its worth it. And I would hate to go Intel. =S
Also, I'm on a preatty close budget. I want decent things but only got around 200-400 dollars to spend tops. (Birthday July 4th)
Also, if you list some links from newegg, I would prefer that it wasn't exactly on the $400 mark.