I am bout to upgrade my video card from my current setup : 2x 4850's in crossfire.
Looking to upgrade to the radeon 5970.
With my Processor at Core2Quad Q8200 2.33Ghz with 8Ghz ram, should i get it? Will there be a significant bottleneck? Will the price of the card drop and if yes, when?
Need professional feedback b4 i shell out $625
im a hardcore gamer.
And also i am willing to upgrade my processor to a Core2Extreme.
You guys are missing the point quibbling over Crisis frame rates. The OP is contemplating combining a top end video card with a low-end quad core CPU.
Should he? My thought s are , "No." The Q8200 family tend to be poor overclockers. I think the best that he'd get out oof it is around 3.0 GHz. 2.8 GHz would be more typical. Upgrading to a Q9550 should get you around 3.6 - 3.8 GHz. But YMMV. That'd be worth it.
My recommendation is to keep what you have and start saving for a new system.
i cant overclock my q8200, when i increase the FSB even by 1 the whole system locks up and i need to reset my bios.
What's ur chipset and mobo?
As for the question you should get a HD 5850, don't waste your money on a 5970 except if you have a monster of a monitor or wanna run eyefinity
That cpu won't be much of a bottleneck for 5850 even @ stock unless you're gaming on a extra low res (800x600, 1024x768)
Oh, you said you wanna upgrade to core 2 extreme. DON'T waste your money on it! LGA775 is a dead socket for upgrade. You'll be way off better buying Core i5/P55 platform;)