So I am one of those gamers that typically put most of my money into a good graphics card and less into everything else when I upgrade, and I have neglected upgrading my CPU for quite sometime now. I'm starting to think that my CPU is holding my system down.
My specs are:
AMD athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 ghz)
4 gb ddr2 ram
Asus ATI radeon hd 4890 1gb ddr5 (overclocked)
So as you can see, I have neglected to upgrade my CPU for quite a few years now. I've been having trouble running Starcraft II on ultra (maxed everything); in bigger games it can become choppy and the fps goes down. I feel like my GPU should be able to handle it no problem, and I don't think I will upgrade it for quite sometime. My CPU however hasn't been upgraded since 2007...
So my question is:
How much do you think my CPU is holding back my GPU, if at all?
Keeping in mind that I have an AM2+ mobo, does anyone have any suggestions as to what to upgrade to and how much of a difference will I see in performance?
Is it worth it upgrading to an AM3 mobo (i believe AM2+ can still run AM3 processors) and in that case should I go Intel instead? (keeping in mind I am a poor med school student)
Obviously, I'm not looking for exact numbers or anything, just some rough assumptions.
I'd say your CPU would be the bottleneck in this system. If you don't wanna spend a bunch of money on a new CPU, you could buy yourself a heatsink and overclock your current CPU to get the maximum performance out of it that you can.