Durge just waves his flags a bit more than most.
He's a good kid. I appreciate his passion.
But here comes straight shootin' advice from an old vet.
Be at peace with what you have, the future is long ahead.
I love to read between the lines. Jeff the OP is pretty happy with what he has now. I read that as GTR2 and rFactor1 even with heavy mods fly along without a care. GTL is odd at Targia, FPS hits. But I will fix that for you. Race 07, the whole gMotor 2 lot are fine. NFS Shift 1 (not a true sim) run a bit worse but still good enough, Shift 2 is the worst running POS I have ever tried. Uninstalled.
If you run mostly these old gMotor2 programs like I do
(Expecting Durge to come objecting like...well...crazy)
Run them on Windows XP 32bit. Now listen.
These old programs are a 32 bit .exe and have absolutely NO BENEFIT
when run on a 64bit OS. Hell, they dont even recognize dual core CPU properly.
Love watching CPU usage in GTR2 at default. 100% Core0, 0% Core1.
They also have NO BENEFIT running more than XP's limit of 3.5GB RAM.
The programs were not even designed to calculate anything more than it's original OS limit.
Yadda, Win7 and that silly 4gb patch. Set infinity, yadda.
I dual boot and sim hard. WinXP32bit and W7 Ultimate 64bit.
My current system specs are similar to Jeff's
Socket 775 -Wolfdales are the best you can do with it.
Start clocking CPU but stay stable. I have an E8200 clocked to 3120mhz
8gb PC DDR3 PC1600 (rare to find board with skt 775 and DDR3)
Galaxy 560ti 1GB- Your card is short on VRAM Gmotor2 will use near 1GB max modded
and yadda, yadda...
Run CTL+F for the frame counter in your gMotor2 stuff.
Watch minimum FPS in particular, and try to induce from FPS hits
by loading up big tracks and large grids.
I like GT Legends at massive Targa to prove my point.
What I like is that my one install runs from both OS.
I am a good 20% or more better FPS on XP. All around.
Min or max, way fewer FPS hits. Allows higher settings!
Drivers, yadda...this is native kernel support power all the way.
Runs so much better.
You worry about future sims, so do I.
But I am extremely happy now with what I have.
I am now the biggest refresh rate prick.
V-Synch stays on-60fps MINIMUM.
The smoothness and immersiveness improve dramatically.
Gmotor2 serves me well in that regard.
That being said;
God does SMS suck.
Shift 2 was the worst thing in a long time.
At normal 1080p res, needed SLI or XFire and 2 high end cards
AND foresaid i2500K to even get close to 60FPS min, probably won't!
And thanks to AFR rendering SLI and Xfire runs bad
Lets not talk microstutter. 60FPS appearing like 30.
I'm angry enough now.
They have no clue of letting up.
Tell me what rig can run pCars now at 1080p, 60fps minimum.
I'll tell you. Nothing. But lies, of course.
Do not trust their FFB skills, or lack thereof. Proven junk.
I wont go into their incorrect car physics models.
Let JDougNY here at NoGrip enlighten you.
They have no clue. Stay far away.
And sad to say, rF2 runs like dog too right now.
Right here at no Grip! rF2 is DX9!
It almost supports my claim of 3D software being designed
to make customers upgrade hardware.
Hell, if they made a great sim that ran perfect on everybody's rig
Nobody would but new video cards or CPU's!
Just ask SMS!
I am praying for GTR3 to be the saviour. So much is unknown.
So, just get back out on the track.
You're just fine, and I made you downgrade and run better.
If you must spend, be wise and cheap.
Have fun clocking that CPU, Gig boards are easy and good for that.
Find a slightly faster 1GB card used. Sell yours to flip the money.
Then run the old school stuff on XP like this old schooler
And watch it fly.
Start crazy modding hi-rez tracks and cars it's free!
Enjoy the best sim in the world.
And do not let the hardware upgrade addiction consume you.
Because that is what SMS wants.