My current Socket 939 system performs quite well in most applications out there (AMD64 3500+ Rev. E3, ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe, 2x1GB Kingston HyperX 2-3-2-6 @ 1T, and others); however, I have considered upgrading the VGA card (Leadtek WinFast PX7800GT TDH MyVIVO Extreme) when DirectX 10 cards arrive. Will the processor be a potential bottleneck?
What I have observed in many reviews and comparisons out there is that the difference in game performance between various systems is balanced out when you are playing in resolutions such as 1280x1024, 1600x1200, etc. I even witnessed a Conroe processor only outperforming a CPU such as the AMD64 X2 3800+ marginally in Call of Duty 2.
Therefore, will it make sense for me to upgrade the video card, but keep the current CPU/mobo/RAM combination? Will a powerful DirectX10 video card act as a chained dog in my rig, og will it be a perfectly reasonable upgrade? If it doesn't make sense I consider upgrading the CPU to e.g. an FX-60 or something similar.
The only upgrade you will need for a while is maybe a dual core.I wouldn't do it yet until you buy your DX10 card, and hopefully when those prices come down. Maybe some time you could get yourself an FX-60 for cheap. :wink:
As for bottleneck, it might on some future cards but thats not for sure. I would get the card first, then see if it has gotten much better than before. If you don't see much of an improvemnet then buy a dual core which should help anyway since most new games and apps are optimized for dual core.