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16. Re: Meh Jan 7, 2005, 11:29 Zathrus
I bet a lot of it has to do with the order the states are given to you....

I was wondering about that. Get handed Colorado or Wyoming as your first state and you're likely to get it wrong to some degree.

I had 47 (misclick on one), 3 miles, 240ish seconds.

So the concensus really is Processor, Graphics Card, and then Memory?

No. I'd upgrade the memory first, then the graphics card, and then the CPU. It's almost a toss-up between the memory and graphics card though -- I know for certain that WoW and HL2 will benefit from 1G of memory. But they'll also benefit greatly from a faster video card. Since your budget for the video card is only $200 I'd go for the memory first.

On the video card -- is $200 the absolute most you'll spend, and you'd rather spend much less? You can get a GeForce 6600GT AGP for $219 from Nothing is going to beat that for price/performance. I certainly wouldn't drop nearly $200 on a 9700 Pro when the performance is so poor compared to a 6600.

Honestly, forget the CPU upgrade. It will do the absolute least for you -- I seriously doubt your system is CPU constrained at all. Your video card is holding it back. Instead get another 512M of memory and the 6600GT.

Gack -- just checked prices on CPUs. Do not spend nearly $200 on a new 3200+ XP. You simply will not see the performance returns from it. That money is much better spent elsewhere -- hell, for that price you could almost buy an Athlon64 2800+ and new MB! Save your money!

Edit: Oh, and you don't need to go to 2 sticks of 512M. You have 3 slots. Use them. Just pick up another good quality 512M stick that matches your 256M ones. There is really no reason not to do this. But hey, if you really want to ditch those 256M sticks, just send them my way. I have systems that could use 'em.
This comment was edited on Jan 7, 11:32.
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