Originally Posted by GT!
but the thing is about bottle necks is with that amd its very bottlenecked.... compared to say a x2 4200 + or anything else my advice is just to upgrade your cpu and gpu and ull have one hell of a system right at your fingertips
A 7800GTX wouldn't be bottlenecked even by a 3200+ running at stock speeds, in general. With my GTX I downclocked my CPU from 2.8Ghz to 2.0Ghz and ran a FEAR benchmark; the results were only 2 FPS difference on the average score between 2.8 and 2Ghz. Similar results for all the newest games Eg, NFS:MW, Quake 4, CoD2 all at 1280x1024 res with high settings.
Now install the x1900xt and FEAR benchmarks take a sharp increase. Therefore, the bottleneck here is the GFX-it gave the highest performance increase when upgraded.
If you run the res at say 640x480 (for some reason
) The GFX can easily handle this and the bottleneck with a 3200+ may well switch to the CPU. However, the speed of the FPS would be so massive that it makes no real difference. Either way, having a 3200+ even at stock will produce great results when paired with this GFX.
The CPU speed might come into play when there are lots of players or AI on screen, I haven't really had chance to test this out yet. Obviously a higher CPU speed is better than a lower one. But I've found that as long as you have a decent CPU then it makes hardly any difference to newer games.