Originally Posted by kaii
Yeah I did manage to find that mobo pretty cheap, so its my other option. Perhaps you could help me decide.
How significantly is my processor bottlenecking my GPU? Remember, I was able to safely overclock it to 3000mhz (water cooling). I must admit though, I thought the GPU would play all games at 60fps on max settings. Just Cause 2 slowed down to like 5-15fps on full settings in the big cities (though was fine elsewhere), while in 3D mode. Is that slow down soley due to the CPU?
Just how significant a difference to gaming would a sandy bridge be? If you say its going to make a world of difference, I'll go for it. If its going to add 5 or 10fps then its not worth it. Ya know what I mean?
Also, how important is RAM in gaming? I have 3gb of DDR2 667.
As someone who also came from a Q6600 build before going Sandy, the difference is very noticeable, especially in older/less graphically intense games.
For example, my stock Q6600 used to get occasional stuttering and fps dips in source games (as sad as that is) with my GTX 460. My fps in L4D2 would drop from 120+ down to the 20s. It was pretty jarring.
That same 460 paired with my 2600k never dipped below 80.
That said, if you upgrade to SB, you will need better ram. At least
4GB DDR3 at 1333MHz imo. Although 1600 is considered the price/performance sweet spot atm if you can stretch your budget.Edited by Booty Warrior - 1/29/11 at 8:55pm