Originally Posted by Pakundo
But, it is my CPU that's bottlenecking my PC...
I mean, the 3600+ is mid range for 2006, while the 8600GT 512MB is midrange for 2007/8, and I've been able to run everything with 2 GB of RAM...
I really DO need to find SOME way to squeeze out more performance out of my CPU..
Edit: My chipset is not supported by SetFSB..
For gaming? No, it's your video card that is limiting your performance. I don't think your CPU would limit even a 9800gtx+, let alone an 8600gt.
I'm not suggesting that you buy a new motherboard necessarily, but if you did, most people with 3600+ back in the day could overclock them to 3ghz and beyond most of the time. But it wouldn't really be worth the money given that it's an older socket.
What kind of performance were you looking for, for gaming? You could easily get away with just getting a newer video card. In my sig rig, I no longer run it overclocked, which leaves me with a 2GHz dual core, and it runs games just fine--with my gfx card I can run crysis on med-high settings with out much of a hassle.
it would help if you filled in your system spec's under your user control panel, so we can just look at the footer of one of your posts (rather than at the first post of this thread) to see what you are using--like what operating system, monitor, etc., to help give us an idea of what you're working with, and what you could improve. CPU-Z doesn't provide all of that info...