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You just have to find a balance. Your CPU is as good as it gets for gaming, but your GPU isn't going to allow you to max games at the frames your CPU can produce.

If someone doesn't plan on upgrading their system very often, a very decent CPU with a better GPU would work better for maxing games.

What settings for Starcraft 2? You should be GPU limited in that if you're running it on Extreme. Your card isn't that much better then mine in current games\\SC2. You can force AA if you want to up GPU usage and see how it goes.

Does the 5850 support SSAO in SC2? I know it was something that had to be added in nVidias drivers, so I'm not sure if AMD added it yet.
I was tired of using the dual, it was too slow so I needed an upgrade. None of the graphics cards on the market are worth it to me ATM, I'm currently saving for an SSD and then a PSU. I'll upgrade GPU when the next gen arrives and then hopefully go for Eyefinity/Surround.


I'm am running SC2 on extreme and I'm not GPU limited. At least not with the kind of benchmark I used. I could've forced AA, yes, but I decided to go with the settings available in the game. I don't think SSAO is an option in SC2.
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Fantastic post, now I know why I wasn't happy with a 4600+ and a 9800GT
    
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Great article..glad i traded my aging old dual for a shiny new one
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Ye, the new duals are pretty beast.
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I'm shocked at these results. I didn't realize CPUs made such a big difference in gaming. Can anyone tell me if my CPU(PII x4 945) is bottlenecking my GPU(HD 5770), or even if its the other way around? Just wondering.
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I'm shocked at these results. I didn't realize CPUs made such a big difference in gaming. Can anyone tell me if my CPU(PII x4 945) is bottlenecking my GPU(HD 5770), or even if its the other way around? Just wondering.
Definitely not bottlenecking the HD 5770. That's a fine CPU you've got there, easily able to drive your GPU. I personally prefer having a GPU bottleneck as it's an easy fix to lower graphics settings while a CPU bottleneck can be unfixable if the CPU is unable to calculate AI fast enough (F1 2010 is a good example) or if physics are a fundamental part of the game (Red Faction or Bad Company 2 come to mind), so you have a good system there.
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awesome, thanks a lot!

I wish there was a chart correlating CPUs and GPUs in performance, so that when building a rig we can choose them around the same level so that neither bottlenecks the other.
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awesome, thanks a lot!

I wish there was a chart correlating CPUs and GPUs in performance, so that when building a rig we can choose them around the same level so that neither bottlenecks the other.
That would require thousands of hours of work and it'd still be inaccurate. No, a quick question on a reputable HW forum (*Cough* OCN *Cough*) is far better.
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I'm shocked at these results. I didn't realize CPUs made such a big difference in gaming. Can anyone tell me if my CPU(PII x4 945) is bottlenecking my GPU(HD 5770), or even if its the other way around? Just wondering.
If you look at the higher settings are realistic resolutions, you'll see that there isn't a huge difference. Don't be fooled by some of those low resolution graphs with low detail that are out there because that's not what you'll be using. If you want accurate information, disregard anything outside of the resolution and settings you'll actually be using. A lot of testers will sway the outcome to prove the point they're trying to make.
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Haha, true that.
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