As I recently found out, my hardware, in some respects, was pretty outdated.
Especially when playing ArmA 2 (plus AO and other expansions/addons) I've noticed this.
As we all know, ArmA 2 is a pretty resource-hungry game. When OA came out, I was sure that they had optimized it better. And really, I'm still sure they did. But when I started playing on the different DAO.nu valhalla maps, I noticed that the FPS dropped very drastically when Chernarus maps were loaded. This made sense because of the high abundance of trees and foliage, thus I started to consider upgrading. I went from a crappy Q8200 at a stock 2.3 to a Q9550 clocked to 3.4, and I noticed differences, but not anything drastic unfortunately. So I started wondering what else could be the cause of the FPS drops. - Mind you, I have ALWAYS played with medium to low details on everything except resolution, which is on 1920x1200.
The obvious to look at is the GFX card of course.
I have these current specs:
ASUS P5Q SE/R S776 P45 ATXSND+GLN+UB2 (hooray for big product names)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 at an overclocked 3.4 (bonus info: Stock cooler because there is no voltage gain = no significant temp gain)
ASUS ENGTX260TOP 896 ram. Entirely stock.
2 sticks of cheap'o Kingston DDR2-800, 2048MB, CAS 5 entirely stock as well.
+ Entirely clean install of windows 7 on SSD, and everything that is ArmA 2 is on SSD aswell, whilst running gamebooster.
This along with a Recom Powerstation. I'd say it is a considerable powerhouse for the more than casual on-a-budget gamer.
But tell me; What in these specs need a REAL upgrade, to get me from the Chernarus fps of 20 or less, and Takistan fps less than 40?
I've seen people after a few googles that use an nvidia 285 gfx card and DDR3 ram with details on high or very high running a stable 25 FPS!
I keep asking myself the question if the switch to DDR3 (which includes a new motherboard since the one I got only supports DDR2) or a step up in graphics card would do the trick, but I really can't figure it out.
If anyone can help with some information, I'd love to hear it. I'm on a budget of 730$ (or 540€), in case you have products in mind.