Originally posted by vipersrt_10
Does a processor make that much of a difference to the fps within a game?
Check out this analysis: GeForce 8800 Needs The Fastest CPU
. They compare two systems with nearly identical specs, except the CPU: an FX-60 vs. an X6800. The system with the faster CPU showed a rather dramatic performance increase in games.
Here's a graph showing their results (if you're too lazy to go through all the article):
The vertical % scale is the overall performance increase (in FPS) obtained when switching from the FX-60 to the X6800 (the rest of the system being as identical as possible). You can see that at normal resolutions (1024x768 to 1600x1200), a system with an 8800GTX is severely CPU-limited.
So yes, the processor can
make a large difference in games if the video card is fast enough.
vipersrt_10: In your case, I'm guessing you could see similar results if you go from your FX-57 to an E6700 - but I understand it's a large investment (new CPU, new motherboard, new RAM).