Monday, April 02, 2007

New EVE Online Poll: your next hardware upgrade

So I'm thinking of my next upgrade to improve the visuals of EVE. Since I play this game regularly, I've always had it's requirements in mind. When I changed my CRT to an LCD, I made sure that it had a native resolution supported by EVE.

My last upgrade was going from my old and trusty Radeon 9800 Pro 128Mb (
378 MHz / 338 MHz) to a new NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT (579 MHz / 747 MHz). Both these cards are AGP, and that was intentional. As do most of you, I have a budget to follow when it comes to spending money on gaming and PC upgrades. And if I don't follow it there's always the Minister of Finance, aka the wife (wink wink), who'll remind me of it. It's an arrangements that actually works quite well. She makes sure I don't spend our hard earned money on whim, and when the time comes to actually spend it, I've done my research and buy knowing it's money well spent.

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In the case of my new graphics card, I wanted to make sure I didn't spend too much on an AGP card, knowing that I'd eventually move on to a PCI-X card, but enough that it would make a difference. At this point in time, changing to PCI-X is investment was a bit too high (new mobo, new RAM, new card).

My 3DMark03 score went from 5752 to 7449; not bad. Now you may think that this a very low score, but for EVE, and for me it's more then enough. I'm trying to get as much value out of this old PC that I build myself, and before I make the leap to bigger and better, I want to have pushed it to its limits. I know that's not the case yet. I can still upgrade the CPU and increase my RAM. Current set-up is as follows:
  • Asus P4P800SE
  • Pentium 4 2.62 GHz
  • 1 Gb DDR Ram
  • 320 GB SATA HDD
  • Plextor DVD-R SATA
  • Sony CD-R
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT with 256Mb DDR3
I'm thinking of increasing RAM up to 3Gb (XP's limit, not the mobo), then getting a 3.2 GHz processor. That's about it actually, though this should give me a lot more usage out of it. Once Vista is stable, and mid-range Direct-X 10 cards are affordable, I'll consider changing the system.

If you've got any suggestions, please feel free to comment. And while you're at it, have a go at the poll and let me know what you'll upgrade next yourself!

3 comments:

crazybjörn said...

Hmm, well I regularly run two Eve instances(both windowed) on my PC and it's handling it quite well, so don't plan to upgrade any time soon :D

For the reference, I have a AMD64 3000+, GeForce 6600GT and 1GB DDRAM. So not exactly top of the line, but it can handle one Eve running at 1600x900 and the other at 1280x1024.

B said...

With that setup, the main thing that's gimping it is that ancient P4. I know they have huge numbers when it comes to MHz, but when you compare the performance to today's Core 2 Duo or recent AMD chips, the newer ones are quite a few times more powerful. The 3+ GHz chips were made in a time period where intel was focused only on making the cycle numbers as high as possible, today's chips give a FAR higher performance with fewer cycles.

CrazyKinux said...

Thanx for the info b. I do know that the new Core Duo have a completely new architecture that makes them that much more capable then the "faster" old P4. But the purpose of my upgrades was in relation to EVE Online.

And as such, I certainly don't need the latest and most powerful gear. That may change when CCP roles out the DX10 version of the EVE client, but I still believe I can still get a bit more out of that set-up.