Originally Posted by Jakg
The CPU will ALWAYS be holding him back with that card, he just needs to get the CPU as high as possible (which i think he's done with the 3.07 GHz) then tighten the timings and then live with ti
But he is complaining that he lags in CSS, and that his GPU jumps about framerates wise.
Your FPS will ALWAYS jump around. This is because the GPU only has to render the scenery on the screen. If you are staring at a blank wall it will get mega FPS. Stare at a complex model or a nade blowing up and the FPS will fall as the GPU has more to process and render. It's natural, and it's meant to happen. No ammount of overclocking will alleviate this.
If you want to get the most out of your 8800GTX, then wait until AMD reveals its latest offereings with the barcelona core chips, or Intels offerings with the Penryn chips.
The fact of the matter is that no CPU will not bottleneck the 8800's jsut now. They are too good. I I were you I'd stay at about 2.9 GHz on that CPU and maybe tighten up the timings or clock the RAM higher. That should give you respectable FPS.