The CPU. It's only a single core, and Crysis I believe requires a dual core.
I had a system based on that socket, and a little bit faster CPU. It was great at the time, but in comparison to today's hardware, and the hardware that Crysis was written to play on, it just can't hold up.
Agreed. Its a CPU limitation although Crysis whipped pretty much all of the video cards at time of release depending on the settings an monitor used.
What res do you play at and what size monitor? If you are playing a low res on a 19" monitor with settings turned down to med or less on the game I would think you would get slightly higher fps. The more you crank up the game settings the less fps you will get even with the top end cards of the time period of Crysis release date, such as the 8800GTX Ultra, even SLI'd.
Its taken the modern cpus along with the newest video cards to tame Crysis with frame rates you used to only be able to dream of.
So in all honesty is both your video card and your cpu (your entire system) that is your bottleneck on this game. I don't think I would rush out and spend 1000 or more to play Crysis unless you are just wanting to get a current gaming rig that will play current and future games coming out...
Keep in mind this is a micro atx motherboard. I usually like to get the standard atx boards as most features are still in tact. Look inside your case and if your board measures something like 9.6" by 9.6" and it looks tight you may only be able to use a micro atx board. It will depend on your case. If you can swing my original list stay with it.
Not a problem buddy, you should enjoy this new setup. Let me know how you like it when you are done..