I built a new pc a few weeks ago for Empire Total War. Ended up with a AMD Athlonx2 6000+ (oced to 3.3), 4gb ram (2 RMAd, so only have 2 at the moment) and a 4870 512mb. The mobo is a Jetway HA06-GT. Playing on 1440x900, 500w PSU.
When playing Empire, or Crysis for that matter, the computer will stutter from time to time, which I know should not be the fault of the 4870, which leads to only the processor, the 6000+. So, I'm pretty sure the CPU is bottlenecking the 4870.
Keep in mind, ETW is not multithreaded yet.
I was looking in to getting a better CPU, and I see the Phenom II x3 720 was a recommended board.
Don't want to spend a fortune, as this last build ended up being more then I expected. Just want a CPU that will not bottleneck the 4870. I see I can spend about $200 for a Phenom II and a new Mobo. Any suggestions?
Or, since my Mobo does AM2+, should I buy an AM2+ Phenom, and save some $$$?