Re: Upgrading pc for upcoming games (crysis2)
i doubt you'll be able to run Crysis/2 at high settings unless you replace most/all of your computer. Remember, as far as games are concerned, a computer is only as fast as it's slowest component. A fast CPU can be cancelled out by overly slow or small amount of RAM.
Also, the motherboard specifies a maximum speed and specific socket of CPU, as well as a specific type (e.g. DDR2 SDRAM) of RAM. Could you be more specific on the mobo model? 680i is just the chipset. But an educated guess based on the fact that it uses DDR2 memory would suggest it is a couple years old. Keeping your mobo would mean you could only use DDR2 RAM, and probably a limited amount of it too. I'm not sure on the spec that Crisis 2 requires, but there's a good chance since it's a future release that it will only go to high/very high settings using DDR3 memory. Also, since in the last year or so, Intel and AMD have introduced Hex (6) core i7s and Phenoms, it seems plausible to say that the game would be optimised for such chips.
Anyway, if i was in your position, i'd stick it on Ebay to help fund a new build. Building a rig for a future release is always tricky since no one is ever sure exactly what the specs needed to run it are (or maybe i'm just ignorant to such things). But, your mobo is going to limit your options for upgrading most components, and even if newer components are compatible with it, various bus speeds can bottleneck performance. E.g. if the CPU considerably outclocks the frontside bus, or if the RAM is considerably slow compared to the processor.
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