Originally Posted by rollingthunder4000
I do not run anything else in background while playing and I know I'm bottlenecked because I used my card in my friends E8500 for the **** of it and did notice a good increase of playability at the same settings and drivers(newest). And for the record my Crysis settings are 1400*900 med/high settings no AA no AF and still getting a bottle neck.
thats exactly my point. 14x9 with no AA/AF aint the same as 19x12 with full on AA. it not anything near as taxing on the gpu, so yes...you are going to have a bottleneck at those settings. the gpu is processing information faster than the AMD chips are capable of using it (hence the term "bottleneck" ie lots of flow into a small opening, slowing the flow
). bottlenecks are much over-hyped and are ABSOLUTELY dependent on several other factors which are just as important as cpu and card combination.
I'm not trying to pick or start anything at all just stating that and either A. I don't know what's going on and my system has an issue or B. most AMD CPU's just aren't cut out for a GTX280
A. there's nothing going on with it, set the settings higher in both systems and you will notice the performance converge. the 8500 will of course perform better at those settings...its a faster cpu. but once you load the gpu, you aren't going to see a significant difference.
B. totally false. it fully depends on your monitor size and in-game settings. and games of course.
i assure you i could put my 4870 into my folding rig, oc the 3600 to 3.2 or 3.3 and, using my 24" monitor with all my settings the same get virtually the same performance as i would with my current set-up. but if i put it on my wicked awesome benq 19" 1280 x 1024...and turned off AA (probably wouldnt even have to do that) there would be a MASSIVE difference.
to do with the build for the OP, the i7 looks like a winner.