Originally Posted by LesPaulLover
Well the guy above basically read my mind. I drop to roughly 28-30fps in super saturated areas where my intel buddy hits about 42fps.
Im running my 8350 @ 4.6ghz and running my ram @ 1567mhz (fsb overclocked). Whats interesting is I can OC my 560s, and the usage % will stay EXACTLY THE SAME while increasing my fps; if it was a true, heavy, cpu bottleneck I woulndt expect to see this.
I GUESS MY MAIN QUESTION IS THIS: is it worth upgrading my graphics at all at this point? These 560s are pretty old now, buf if my 8350 cant even push them will it be pointless to buy a more powerful SINGLE gpu???
Depending on what you plan to do, upgrading your GPU could be worth every penny, or not.
Lots of games depend heavily on the CPU for lots of things, while others are fairly simple.
In a game like Starcraft, upgrading your GPU would be almost worthless.
In a game like Alice: Madness Returns, upgrading your GPU could make a huge difference. The game uses NVIDIA's proprietary PhysX as their physics engine, so a lot of the effects are offloaded from the CPU onto the GPU. (Or if you set the CPU as the PhysX Processor, it's back on the CPU, but it's optional)
There are plenty of other games that are light on the CPU but heavy on the GPU, but I can't think of any atm. Pretty much any game that uses PhysX will benefit greatly from a high end GPU and usually not be CPU bottlenecked.