Okay, so I've been very lax when it comes to keeping up with the computer component world. Since I bought Warhammer, however, it has become apparent that I really need to upgrade in order to run it properly. Right now I'm running it a 1280X800 with almost all the visual effects off (myself only) and it runs passably only when I'm not with a large group. When in a scenario or warband or even surrounded by a lot of mobs it drops to unplayable levels.
I'm almost positive the video card is holding me back right now. I have a computer that I bought off my brother almost two years ago. It has an Asus A8N-SLI mb, an Athlon64 3800+, 2 gigs of PC3200 ram, and a 7600gt videocard with 256mb of ram.
Given this, what I would ideally like to be able to do is run the game in native resolution for my monitor (2005fpw, 1680x1050). I'm hoping that a video card upgrade will suffice as I'd really rather not do the whole motherboard/cpu upgrade. So here's my questions:
2. Does PCI-E 2.0 matter? I don't think my current motherboard supports it but from what I understand it's fully backwards and forwards-compatible. Is that the case?
3. If the video card doesn't appear to be cutting it, any suggestions on motherboard/CPU combinations for upgrading (less expensive is better)?
Thanks in advance.