I did not realize how much my AMD Phenom 9600 was bottlenecking my system..
On impulse, yesterday I randomly decided to purchase an AMD Phenom x3 720 BE. I dropped it right in and after some fiddling, I had it up to 3.5 Ghz on air, using the stock cooler from my 9600..
I am just about able to max out Crysis on this thing!!
And, since I have a BIOSTAR TA790GX series board, I can unlock the 4th core - Although I tried yesterday and it Blue-Screened in about 15 minutes with Prime95.. Maybe I need to give it more voltage for that 4th core to work, or maybe it is defective.. but man, either way there is a MASSIVE difference in my system.
AMD Phenom x3 720 BE - 3.5 Ghz @ 17.5 multiplier & 1.45 vcore, RAM timings 4-5-4-15
AMD Phenom x3 720 Black-Edition
8 GB PC6400 DDR2 RAM (OCZ)
BIOSTAR TA790GX 128M
BFG NVIDIA GTS 250 OC
This thing freed up my desktop.. I'm curious, however, I have never tried to do "Benchmarking" how would I go about doing this, I am curious how my desktop stacks up to my Notebook - which has the i7-720QM