I see ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with the OP's sig rig. Yes, it'll "bottleneck" in 3DMark...but who sits there and stares at 3DMark all day instead of putting the rig to real use?
On my sig rig, I scored 11129 3DMarks in 06, at 3.0GHz and a VERY slight overclock on the GPU. Does that matter? The same GPU and clocks on a Q6600 would've done probably 15k or better. But does that mean the Q6600 is going to actually game any better? No. It'll get 1-5 FPS AT BEST better than my setup does.
I also get 35.xx FPS all high 1280x1024 in the Crysis Benchmark at those clocks. And that score has actually beaten SOME C2D's and C2Q's in that benchmark.
I PERSONALLY don't see any point in "upgrading" your rig. Going AM2...you wouldn't notice a SINGLE bit of difference in actual gameplay (1-2FPS tops I'd THINK). Going C2D or Quad...yeah you'd notice a few more FPS in your games, but not enough to warrant a complete upgrade IMO.
Then again, I'm not one to just go out and waste money. If my rig plays everything I want, then I see no reason to upgrade it. There is of course a limit to that theory (cough Still Legendary cough)....but you get my point. You've got quite a respectable clock speed for an AMD CPU, 2GB of RAM, good GPU....I personally see no reason to upgrade. There are still THOUSANDS of users even here at OCN that still use AMD equipment, and 939 IS NOT very much slower than AM2 at all. Not enough to warrant an upgrade.
I'd say stick with what you've got until you can't game any more. DON'T sink MORE money into that rig.....but save it for a whole new build when you can't game at the settings you want anymore
. That's my advise.
Not ONLY the points I made above, but you're also running a 22" widescreen LCD. Which would be roughly what....1680x1050 res? That's getting to the point where a "CPU Bottleneck" is neglegable. Honestly at that resolution...your graphics card is doing MOST of the work when gaming. Not all, but most of it. I see absolutely NO bottleneck in your system. It's just a REALLY well thought out 939 system
. Yes, that socket is what, 4 years old? I'd LOVE to see a Pentium 4 or Pentium D game as well as I bet you can...no matter the GPU. If you were on a Pentium 4/D...then I'd recommend an upgrade. But as is, I see no point to it because you WILL NOT see very much of an improvement. You'll see a little bit, but not enough to warrant a few hundred bucks...especially with the new SOCKETS on the way (Nehalem, and whatever AMD has up its sleeve).
Again...sit and wait on it. I'll be keeping my sig rig for probably at least another year...I'm going to get the absolute MOST out of my money as I can get. And I've had this rig for 1.5 almost 2 years now (with upgrades obviously).Edited by pioneerisloud - 7/2/08 at 3:53am