Originally posted by FghtinIrshNvrDi
I couldn't agree less. A 1.7 ghz P4 can handle a 6600GT. That's a bunch of phooey. If it's a P4, maybe excluding the socket 423's, then it can handle a 6600GT. They're virtually the same generation of technology. They were designed for each other.
I had a 1.8Ghz P4 not long ago, along with my 6600GT. Upgrading to a 3.0Ghz processor made such a difference that it was almost unbelievable. Even overclocking the 1.8 to 2.0 speed made a very notable difference.
Just a few examples of the speed increase when I purchased the new proc.
Before: (1.8Ghz P4)
3dmark 2001SE - 9500
CS:S (mid settings) - 30 - 40 FPS
After: (3.0Ghz P4)
3dmark 2001SE - 15000
CS:S (high settings) - 60 - 80 FPS
I haven't changed anything else on my pc since I had the 1.8Ghz P4, and as you can see, those scores are very different..