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I got a 24" monitor so my 8600GT has got to go. I plan on getting the 8800GT, should I upgrade my processor?
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it'd be a good idea, since the current CPU can't feed data fast enough into the GPU. (read: bottleneck)

I also recommend waiting for the 9800 (if it isn't already out) and see the 8800 cards get cheaper. So if you can hang onto the 8600 a bit more, then you could get either a better card for the same price, or the same card for a better price
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it'd be a good idea, since the current CPU can't feed data fast enough into the GPU. (read: bottleneck)

I also recommend waiting for the 9800 (if it isn't already out) and see the 8800 cards get cheaper. So if you can hang onto the 8600 a bit more, then you could get either a better card for the same price, or the same card for a better price
your cpu will be fine.i can max out cod4 on my cpu.with a 8800gts 320mb at 1680x1050.all this bottlenecking is a load of bull,its the gpu what counts.
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my 4200 at stock bottlenecks badly in bf2 at stock speeds, oc'd and now it's all good,
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Bottlenecking is very application dependent. 3DMark06 will love a better CPU. Games probably wouldn't show much of a difference. You can overclock the X2 4000+ to 2.8-3.1GHz though, I'd do that before buying a new CPU. If you do replace the CPU, I'd recommend the darkside. My cheap ($50 after MIR) E2180 scored as high in 3DMark06 at 2.0GHz as my X2 4200+ scored at 2.6GHz. Not to mention they overclock well over 3.0GHz, most get 3.2-3.6GHz. There's also plenty of quality quadcores to choose from on the Intel side and the new 45nm E8400's (if you can find them in stock) that will break 4.0GHz.
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your cpu will be fine.i can max out cod4 on my cpu.with a 8800gts 320mb at 1680x1050.all this bottlenecking is a load of bull,its the gpu what counts.
1680x1050 is one thing. On a 24" (1920x1200) panel, even an 8800GTS 320MB will not cut it. I ended up going SLI simply because of the higher resolution when I got my new display.

IMHO, yes, you should upgrade, or try to OC the heck out of your current chip. I am not too familiar with AMD, or what chips are good clockers these days, but check out one of the Black Edition chips. I think there's a 5000+ that is pretty darn cheap, and can run at 3+ GHz.

The 4000+ will not prove to be too much of a bottleneck for most games that a re 1-2 years old, but for newer games, and ones on the horizon, you need more power.
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1680x1050 is one thing. On a 24" (1920x1200) panel, even an 8800GTS 320MB will not cut it. I ended up going SLI simply because of the higher resolution when I got my new display.

IMHO, yes, you should upgrade, or try to OC the heck out of your current chip. I am not too familiar with AMD, or what chips are good clockers these days, but check out one of the Black Edition chips. I think there's a 5000+ that is pretty darn cheap, and can run at 3+ GHz.

The 4000+ will not prove to be too much of a bottleneck for most games that a re 1-2 years old, but for newer games, and ones on the horizon, you need more power.
I run Crysis on my AMD rig (+4000X2 OC'd to 2.7GHz, 2GB G.Skill, XFX 8600GT 512MB DDR2) on Medium settings while it runs on my 26" Visio 720p display. No lag at all... Gonna try High settings next
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