Basically I'm a huge gamer and love to play games on maximum settings as well as multitask with diff screens etc.
i7 920@ 3.7ghz
6gb Corsaid Dom ram
Asus p6x58d premium
Want to make sure that I can play games like Skyrim, BF3, SWTOR, etc at highest settings when released. I'm currently running at 1920x1080 resolution...I've noticed in WoW that in really crowded areas my fps tends to drop to around 45-50 even with 2x 580...can this be attributed at all to the cpu?
Anyway, my main question is...should I upgrade to x79 platform and grab a 3960 OR wait till Q2 2012 and get the Ivy Bridge processors...I feel I'm due for an update and want to make sure I get maximum performance in games/apps
Wait Ivy or even the next gen.
effectively PCIe 3.0 is coming soon but according to articles I read, we merely tap PCIe 1.0 and we are far from reaching PCIe 2.0.
Your rig is perfect for another 2 years by which in the meantime I may only replace the GPU as games come with more fluffy polygons and shaders...
Though I do not think you have anything to fear with 2 580 for the next two years to be honest.
50 mega bits or 50 mega bytes? I Have 10 MegaByte/s and yet I barely receive any lags when loading a video on youtube(480p, 1080p lag game) and play at same time... Your i7 920 will last long so all you needa do is just upgrade your GPU unless you are playing 1920x1080 and below than keep your computer for 5 years at least or when it dies... Games will take advantage Quad Cores or HTT/8 Threads of the CPU and i'll bet you it wont slow you down in any games for the next 7 years...
Okay thanks for saving me a bunch of time and money guys! Only reason I was wondering is because my fps would drop in super crowded areas in WoW and I thought it might be my cpu. Just want to make sure I can nerd out on enthusiast settings in upcoming Skyrim