I'll put it this way, I can max the game on my e4600 and an 8800gt at 1600 x 1200 with 4x AA and it's still smooth as butter. Just jack everything up and see what happens.
I play on the PC. My entire machine is nothing remotely new; think the specs of your average $500 Dell desktop with an 8800GTS 320MB video card (E6300, 4GB). I run it at medium settings on my 24" display, and even my friend who plays on the 360 commented on how awesome it looks on my computer.
The smaller connector is for use with some hard drives and pretty much nothing else.
The website (Galaxy) of the video card I'm looking at says it wants 26 amps out of the +12v supply.
I was looking at around the $150 mark for the card, the extra 2 gigs of RAM is $45, and shipping will get it all to my door for $210.
Something I found on a forum post Hmm I thought (because of the numbers) that your processor was better than the E4600, but it's slightly worse. Your processor meets the CPU recommended requirements, so I'm thinking you'll probably be OK...
What you could do is get a new graphics card and see what the performance is like, and then based on that, decide whether or not to upgrade the processor. I'm thinking you'll be OK with the E6300, but I'd have to do more research to be completely sure...
Seeing as I'll be running the card in 1280x1024, what kind of specs should I actually be looking for? I want everything set to maximum, and an average frame rate around the mid 50s, preferably not dropping below low 40s.
If 1GB of RAM will give no real performance icrease over 512MB, then I can save $20 right there.
RAM? Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/2G. That's two more of the exact same 667 MHz 1GB sticks I've already got in my machine.
One final anecdotal piece. Considering that that dude runs it on medium with a huge resolution (75% more pixels than your resolution), and your graphics card will be a bit better, I think it's pretty safe to say you'll be able to max it out. Sorry I haven't been able to find more solid research, but it's a bit hard to find stuff about new games running on old-ish computers.
To me it seems that the only decisions really are: what graphics card you get, do you get more RAM or not, and where do you buy this stuff. (Since it seem that your CPU is fine...).
Sorry I'm not writing this stuff in the most coherent manner... I'm getting a little tired
Honestly, I think it would be pretty cool for you to get the 4830, taking up my offer to buy the card and mail it to you. That's by far your best deal for a graphics card. The RAM isn't much different in price (assuming its $45 AUD for both 1GB sticks combined...). BTW, I'd say just get the RAM without agonizing about if it's worth it, especially since it can be had for under $20 USD. It will increase performance and it doesn't cost a ton, so it's a bit silly to agonize about it. I just put it under the questions above because it is technically something that you could go either way on.
Go get some sleep... And have a great week.
Am I fucked?
Am I gonna have to shell out another $100+ on a new power supply?
Also, the stock Intel heatsink and cooler fan on the CPU is totally clogged with dust. Fan is still spinnin', but the heatsink is a solid grey lump... So much for "Keep it clean babe"...
The connectors I am asking about:
What is the amperage rating on the +12v line? If it is terribly low, it may not run it. Wattage is not the only thing that matters.
I do have two 4 pin Molex connectors spare, but I don't know if the PSU could drive the card.
Just means the upgrade goes from being $210 to $330 (shipping costs included).
OK, refer to this and this. And realize that that's TOTAL power consumption, not just for the video card.
Good news is good news.