not for the casual FWer, but only for the dedicated hardcore FWer.
looking for best bang for the buck upgrade(s) like any FWer would do.
what specific piece to upgrade, to what, and price, and justification?
cpuz spec with 8800gts and 75gb WD raptor booting win 7, and 200GB PATA store drive.
When I run diablo 3 off the PATA drive, sometimes drive would seek/write and game would be laggy. this is my main problem thus desire to fix, but looking to play xcom in the future and want my pc to last a few more years (if that's possible) due to light gaming and web use only.
I agree completely with skh12, bump up your memory to 4GB and get a video card for around $100 that falls somewhere around row 8/9/10 in the hierarchy chart @ Tom's.
That said, before I spent any money I would take a look at Windows itself and see how many processes are running and whether or not your current system is optimized. 8800GTS is no slouch and depending on which version you have you may be able to clean up Windows and running processes and find the performance acceptable...
Also, I found that on my system (AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+), Diablo 3 was choppy until I forced it to only use one CPU core instead of two. I would definitely try that before anything else, as it only takes a few seconds. You can do this by right-clicking the Diablo 3 process in Task Manager and selecting 'Set Affinity...' and then unchecking all of the cores but CPU0 (or whichever core you want to use). I have no idea if this problem / solution is applicable to all systems with multiple cores and Diablo 3 or just mine. I recall having the same choppy issue with GTA3 back in the day and was able to fix it in the same manner, by limiting the affinity to 1 CPU core.
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posted: Mar. 22, 2013 @ 10:54a
oh forgot, run a Hard drive diag as well, the 8800 is a very good card
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posted: Mar. 22, 2013 @ 8:39p
well there's your problem...even if you get a used system, anything made even 5+ years ago, would be faster than that
posted: Mar. 23, 2013 @ 8:18a
No argument that PATA is old technology, but it's certainly not causing lag in Diablo3 in and of itself...
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posted: Mar. 23, 2013 @ 3:28p
ChinaRider said: No argument that PATA is old technology, but it's certainly not causing lag in Diablo3 in and of itself... I wouldn't be so sure...
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