My processor is an Intel Core 2 DUO CPU E8400 @3.00 GHZ. I was looking to mostly just be able to run Dayz, and Skyrim smoothly (with as best settings as i can get for under... say 250). Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just wanted to make sure i didnt get something too powerful for my processor, and also, my current one is a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS.
Yes, it will be bottle necked by your dual core, but you want a graphics card to outlast your CPU, and not have to upgrade them all at once!
not to mention, in order to get a wee bit more bang for buck, you could OC, the e8400 willl hit 4Ghz, or sink a cheap core 2 quad second hand for a quick and diry upgrade path. Just don't skint on the gfx, and get a 550ti..
Deemo- why? If he gets one of those cards, and then upgrades to a quad core later on, say 1 year from now, he'll have to upgrade his card as well, a 6850 is yes, the correct path for an e8400, but it's really not future proof.