Question for you experts: does upgrading the GPU help take load off of the CPUs?
When running the Battlefield 3 beta on my aging PC last week, it looked pretty good (at low settings) but the CPU was pegged at 100%. I was actually happy with the graphics (appearance and framerate), but the CPU issue made the game pretty unplayable if any action or sound was happening.
I have dual Xeon 5150 @ 2.66 MHz CPUs (dual core) and a 9800 GT graphics card.
So would upgrading the video card to a GTX 560 help take load off the poor CPUs? I've heard of cases where a better GPU actually makes the CPU load even worse.
But you don't think it would make it any worse? I'm hoping for at least a small improvement.
I think I have read somewhere that faster GPUs can make higher demands on the CPU. My CPUs are just barely working in this case -- if I kill the audio process and everything else that seems nonessential, I can get them down to 98% or so...
Your CPU sitting at 100% is not a bad thing. And getting a better GPU certainly might help your frames, but it is really tough to say. Both sides of the argument are solid and make sense, so I would say try one. If it doesn't work take it back.
I know Best Buy has a decent return policy. Even if their prices are a little high you can buy one, test it, return it and buy a cheaper one off the internet