I've received my 8800GTX today, but that's only relevant in that it helps explain why I'm giving my former 8600GT to my 8-year-old daughter. How much can she and i expect her Pent D 840 3.2Ghz to bottleneck the 8600GT. Obviously, she'll have simple games to play, but from a purely hardware standpoint...? Given that the 8600 is already quite weak, will the Pent D strangle it more?
I really doubt that it would hinder it much if at all. I owned a xfx 8600gt for a while, with a amd 4000+ and it never held it up ( yes i realize 4000+ is better than a pent d ) but the card is just so weak...
I think the processor and GPU are well matched for each other. Should get some reasonable gaming action out of the pair.
As stated above by a seemingly very wise man, that card is just so weak, if anything I wouldn't be surprised if the card was actually bottlenecking the PD.
You guys say its a weak card.
But in reality, it's just another 7600gt right? I mean, 7600gt is pretty good already.
I'm using it at low resolutions (1360x768) and it actually looks great and runs smooth, at least in the Supreme Commander that came with it. I think it'll be fine for an 8-year old (perhaps this was nVidia's intention?)