Originally Posted by The Master Chief
Only way it will be a bottleneck is if your gonna play a CPU dependent game, like red faction guerrilla.
I can blast through that game driving and running, but when the CPU needs to come (destroying a building or driving a car through a building) then it slows down. Not like a slide show, just like slow motion, but after its done it goes back to being amazing to play.
But in COD world at war, my sig rig handles it very well.
He's right. In fact, I've used that exact same processor in a PC and with an inferior card to yours (GTS 250) it was able to play every game I threw at it on the high settings (just no anti-aliasing). I never even bothered to overclock it. It wasn't necessary.
I'm not sure how many different versions of the E5200 there are, but that was originally one of the best dual cores for overclocking, with some people getting 3.6 GHz on air.
However, if you have a bunch of crap running in the background or unnecessary windows processes, that will slow everything down. I disable about 20 different services for Windows 7 on any gaming rig I use. I also make sure that no programs are starting with Windows.
That can make a difference of as much as 10 or 15 frames for a weaker CPU like that.