Wasn’t sure where to put this, can a mod move it to the right channel if I have guessed wrongly. Looking for some tech advice.
I’ve recently started to play the game a lot again after several years dipping in and out when RL time allows. My SFF PC, which was given to me by a friend when my last one died is pretty old, but seemed to do well enough for what I needed it to.
When I most recently came back I was shocked to realise my GPU was now listed as the minimum spec on the eve website, a Radeon HD 2400 XT which could only support Eve in 1024x768 on minimum settings. Although it coped well enough with that the PC would BSOD if I tried to boost it any higher. Anyway it was enough for me to get my eve mojo back, as I saved up for a new GPU.
Last night I installed a Nvidea 1030GT (it is a dc7900 SFF so I can only fit low-profile cards with minimal wattage requirements) and was fiddling around with the settings and it even coped with settings on high. Holy crap, I have never seen Eve look so good! I was literally amazed that the game could look so beautiful!
So it got me to wondering about what else I could upgrade. The thing is, I dont want to spend too much because although I can put the GPU in a new rig, everything else would be rig specific. And I am unsure even if upgrading these things would actually give me a performance upgrade, as I say, everything is on high right now and it seems to be coping fine so I hoped someone could give me some advice.
I have an E8400 CPU Core 2 Duo 3.16Ghz (I know!), I was wondering whether to try to upgrade this, I have seen slightly better ones e.g. E8600 for about £15. I think, but am not sure, there might even be other quad core CPU’s that fit the motherboard. I always thought people said Eve was CPU-intensive rather than GPU-intensive. It spikes when I undock but otherwise eve seems to use about 30% of the CPU.
I could also upgrade my RAM from 4x2GB to 4x4GB, although that would cost more (about £100). A single eve client seems to use about 1GB at the moment. It being DDR2 RAM it would obviously be worthless when I eventually upgrade the whole rig, but if the performance boost would be noticeable in the shorter term it might possibly be worth it.
It also just occurred to me that I could put an SSD in the rig. But I am unsure if this would do much in terms of the performance of eve itself. As I say, the PC does everything else I need it to just fine.
So, yeah. I just hoped a kindly soul might see this and give me some advice. I do appreciate that the rig is ancient, but shelling out an extra grand on a new PC just isnt appealing to me right now, I need a new car as well, and obviously that takes precedence over everything else. Would like to squeeze everything I can oout of this one first at a minimal outlay if I can.
Thanks in advance o7