Edited by: Akita T on 02/04/2011 14:40:54
Originally by: PryMary
CPU: Intel Pentium D 915 @ 2.8 GHz
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 3650 512MB GDDR4
Intel Pentium D 915 @ 2.8 GHz has a PassMark of 741, while an Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.8 GHz has a PassMark of 4581. That's a factor of over 6 right there.
The ever so slightly good news however is that I have the latter CPU in my machine, and in EVE, it seldom passes over 20% usage at maxed-out settings and 85 FPS (limited by monitor refresh rate), so BORDERLINE, even if your will sit at near-100% usage, you should be able to make it due with your CPU (I mean, you would be satisfied with 30+ FPS, I suppose).
The problem however lies with the video card.
A stock Radeon HD 3650 has a theoretical speed of 174 GFLOPs, or theoretical fillrates of 2.9/5.8 (trust me, for EVE, it's quite low).
Since it's relatively old tech (they first came out 40 months ago), none of those number even begin to tell the full story.
You can't see a directly proportional performance increase by just looking theoretical GFLOPs numbers (or any of the others either, for that matter) between different generations of ATI//AMD cards (it usually ramps up between generations), and if you try to do the same when comparing with NVIDIA cards, you're in for a big surprise (on a theoretical GFLOP vs GFLOP comparison scale, the NVIDIA cards kick the ATI//AMD cards' asses by at least 50%, sometimes even up to almost double).
In practice, relatively cheap video cards like, say, a 70$ Radeon HD 5670 should easily be at least 4 times, probably even 5 times faster.
But more importantly, the greatest problem is the fact that I AM NOT SURE whether your PC has a motherboard which supports AGP video cards, not PCI-Express ones (the video card you have looks like it's AGP), which will make finding a reasonably priced better card very difficult, and finding a really good video card regardless of price next to impossible. What the heck is a "Leonite" and what specs does it have ? Getting conflicting info.
Long story short, you may want to upgrade your entire machine.Now... if only you would give us a budget target to make it all come together ?
For instance, a slightly gaming-oriented low-power-consumption dirt-cheap PC "from scratch" that could easily handle max-setings single-client EVE could have the following components:
No-frills case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147111 = ~35$ including shipping
No-frills 380W micro ATX PSU with a PCI-E connector http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822001 = ~33$ including shipping
HDD, Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136513 = ~70$
Combo deal - Intel Pentium E5700 Wolfdale 3.0GHz Dual-Core 65W TDP plus ASUS P5G41-M Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.613802 = ~118$ (save ~23$ vs individual prices)
RAM, dual-channel 4 GB (2x2 kit) CORSAIR DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145238 = ~60$
Stock no-frills brand Radeon HD 5770 1 GB (uses ~110W at peak) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330&cm_re=5770-_-14-131-330-_-Product = ~120$ including shipping
GRAND TOTAL including taxes (USA) and shipping and all that, around 450$, give or take.
This could go even lower if you could salvage some components from your old PC.
The case+PSU you have are probably compatible (although I wouldn't bet the PSU would be compatible, still, you never know).
In fact, the only things you REALLY
want are the mobo+CPU+vidcard, so only about 240$, and if you add the new PSU you're still under 300$.Of course, you can always go with a lower-tier AMD Phenom CPU and corresponding MoBo for not that much extra cash and far better CPU performance.
Oh, and in case I am wrong about the mobo and it does support a PCI-x video card, just get a 5770 and call it a day.