I just decided "what the heck" and bought the 8800 GTS.
my question is about my processor.
I am confident with my other system specs, so they are not important. but currently i have an AMD 64 3200+. Is it stupid of me to spend that much money on an 8800 GTS when i have this processor? I dont want the card to run much slower because of my processing power.
so what should i do? Spend the money to upgrade to a dual core processor?
or should a game like Crysis look amazing enough with the processor i have now?
also, if i was to upgrade, what is a recommended processor that wouldnt bottleneck the 8800 GTS too much (in a reasonable price range)?
I dont think it matters much, heck im in the same situation you are, im going to buy an 8800GTS this weekend but i also was fearing my P4 630 3.0ghz wouldn't be able to handle it but in reality all you gotta do is make you sure you put more Pressure on your GFX card(by using High resolutions and settings) so your CPU wont bottleneck.
I remember reading an article saying that using a 1900xt or higher and anything less than a 2.0ghz athlon would stunt the gpu.It was either Tomz or anand.Dont know what your 3200 is running at,but 2.0 is bottom line.Higher WILL get you better fps
Depends on what resolution you're playing at, and what game you're playing. Higher resolutions require more and more from the GPU, but mostly the same from the CPU, compared to lower resolutions. Some games require more CPU power than others. If you're playing at 1600x1200 or better, I think you're going to get a lot of performance out of the 8800GTS. If you're playing at lower res, you might want to go study some bench-systems and see if your money would be better spent on a new processor.
On a similar note - I would be more concerned with your powersupply than that CPU. Depending on your build your PS may be woefully underpowered (assuming from the era of that CPU.)
It should power up well enough, but will reach optimal performance with the proper amount of juice. Check out the xfxforce website - they have a nice explaination.
Also check out the nVidia site on SLI - for a list of their approved power supplies for SLI - it will give you a good idea of what to look for should you need a new PS - or wish to go SLI with this technology.
On an additional tangent - if you add this new 'hot' card (read 'hot' literally as heat) you will want to monitor your temps before installation and after to see if you may have a termal concern.
I don't have any suggestions on what processor you should buy from where, but you should definitely do it right now if you plan to at all... Socket 939 processors are increasing in price, now that AMD has slowed production... if you wait, it'll probably be cheaper just to get a whole new motherboard and a comparable AM2/AM2+/AM3 processor.
No need to feel dumb, it's a common misconception.
Unless there are multiple threads running at the same time - say, encoding an MP3 or something WHILE the game is played - most games will show no increase in performance with dual core. In fact, most will run faster with a single core 2.2 Ghz single core over a 2.0 Ghz dual core.
Games have to be specifically coded to take advantage of multiple cores. The only one I can think of offhand in use today is Oblivion. Even in those games, the graphic card is more of a bottleneck than the processor.
This will change in the future as new engines are released, but it won't be a real concern for gamers until a few months go by at the very least...
Heres some benchies: http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2747&p=3 Dont know if this will be consistant or not,especially with the 8800.Let us know.And check the whole article,they use the same athlon,they just underclock it if I remember right,and it does show a cpu wall,tho this may have a lil to do as Cleeve said that it is somewhat multithreaded,seeing the improvements with the dual cores
I have several 939 chips. I didn't read anything about what motherboard, or what memory you have. Both will make an impact on performance. If you have dual channel memory, pc3200/400, or better, you're in good shape. I'd suggest getting a 4800 or an opteron equivelant. I think it's a 180 chip. Both identicle in performance, and will "liven" up your system over that 3200........ 3200 was my first amd chip.... still going strong.................