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Your CPU is pretty damn good. I would be supprised if it was bottlenecking you really bad.
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ok simple answer: 3.5GHz pairs well with 8800GTs.

I'm at 3.6 with my quad and I have one 8800GT, and there are very few moments my frames drop @ 1680x1050.

So no. I would keep your CPU until the next generation (either intel or AMD, most likely intel) comes out.
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I am no intel advocate, but if you comparing ur 3dmark scores to people with e2180's at 3.4 Ghz or higher (ball park number) then you're going to be crushed.

I don't believe the Athlon 6400+ to be that good a CPU, and the price of it is astounding for the performance it does not give. I believe in general, any Athlon will bottleneck an 8800 in SLI I almost bought one myself, but I can't justify it, and have a feeling it wouldn't perform properly in my motherboard

Sorry, no proof. This is just my experience from talking to people on OCN, and the gut instinct I've built up from doing so.
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Nah, hold onto your current setup until something really worthwhile comes out.
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Originally Posted by Microsis View Post
ok simple answer: 3.5GHz pairs well with 8800GTs.

I'm at 3.6 with my quad and I have one 8800GT, and there are very few moments my frames drop @ 1680x1050.

So no. I would keep your CPU until the next generation (either intel or AMD, most likely intel) comes out.
  1. You realize that 3.5Ghz isn't a "magic" clock speed. It's just an assumption that 3.5Ghz is somehow helping your FPS.
  2. 3.5Ghz on a Q6600 and 3.5Ghz on a 6400+ aren't the same. If it was true, people would still use P4s because they came at ~3.6Ghz stock.
  3. You haven't listed the games that you think you see improvement in. Personally in CS:S, I can't tell the difference between my sig rig at stock, or overclocked to the settings listed.
  4. There's no such thing as a clock speed that pairs well with any GPU.
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Originally Posted by Penicilyn View Post
Nah, hold onto your current setup until something really worthwhile comes out.
Yes I couldn't agree more. If you are bottlenecking, it is a minor one.

Consider this:
Your CPU bottleneck is like 1/20 of the problem that your Nvidia SLI drivers are, as we all know how horribly SLI scales, most agmes see a performance increase of only 15%. The cases of 60% gains are only if you're playing at the a certain resolution which is different for every game.
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