Ok windows 7 is installed. With antivirus, razer app, audio mngr, and ati ccc im running under 1gb physical memory
Windows experience index rates my pc out of possible 7.9
Processor: .. 6.6
Memory: .... 7.5
Graphics: ... 7.4
Hard disk: .. 5.4 - WD Cav Black 7200 RPM 32MB 3.0Gb/s. . . ouch
Apparently my cpu is bottlenecking my gpu. Going with a 5850 at this point would be a waste of money Im guessing.
I also looked at 5770 benchmarks, but looks like there will be no performance gain unless Im overclocking the card (which I will not be), but will help with gpu temps.
That being said I was almost set on getting a gpu cooler, so I did some google searches. It appears alot of people are having issues with them, the pwms on the end of the 4870 are often insufficently cooled, they dump heat into the case, and/or dont seat properly on various cards.
Im still stuck, however it was interesting looking at the new pc hardware / benchmarks.
At this point I see a few options
1) Cost: $180. . . . get a 5770 and mildy OC my cpu.
Benefits: reduces my scorching gpu temps and somewhat un-bottlenecks my system.
Cons: No gpu performance gain. System will still be bottlenecked, just not as much
2) Cost: $480. . . . get a 5850 and AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
Benefits: Better temps, better gpu and cpu performance, dx11, and un-bottlenecks my system?
Cons: Dont really need better gpu performance.
3) Cost: $300?. . . . liquid cooling
Benefits: Reduces gpu temps, reduces jetplane ruckus coming from pc, allows me to significantly OC my cpu (un-bottleneck), extends life of pc components, majority of liquid system can be used in future builds
Cons: Maintenance, stuck with water blocks for progressively outdated hardware, risk of leak??
4) Cost $50. . . . . Find a aftermarket gpu heatsink that will actually work well.
Benefits: Reduces gpu temps
Cons: I have no idea how to properly install one/uninstall stock, risk of wasting money on something that doesnt properly cool my gpu/frying card, system is still bottlenecked.
Not sure. . .