I currently have an Intel C2D E8200 at stock frequency. I was wondering what video card I can get (single card, for a 22" monitor at 1680 x 1050) that would make the CPU become the bottleneck, and not the GPU.
I am currently running a GTS 250 512 mb. Is there a lot of untapped performance I'm not getting from using this GPU?
You CPU is already the bottleneck... You don't really need anything more for that resolution.. Generally a 260/4870 would be the most anyone would recommend for that resolution and there is absolutely no point to upgrade given how small the increase would be.
Thanks for the responses guys, I'm coming from a reallllly old computer which couldn't run any games at all, so I wouldn't be able to tell ya if I'm having issues playing games til I get some more recent ones. But so far this one is running the COD4 demo flawlessly which seems to be a good sign.
Is my CPU really that outdated? I was hoping that with this combo I could run new games for a while.. at least 2 years. Also, if it makes a difference, i AM able to return the GTS 250 and spend the extra money for a GTX 260. Would this then be worth it? Or is the GTS 250 a pretty good match for me down the road?
Is my CPU really that outdated? I was hoping that with this combo I could run new games for a while. Or is the GTS 250 a pretty good match for me down the road?
your CPU is not outdated, in fact its perfect to play most modern games as is your GPU. You don't play at a high resolution and you have no issues playing games (and you should not with that combo). Save your money and upgrade in two years. The only reason to upgrade now is if you are the type of person who freaks out about not having eye-candy all maxed out.