Which version of Windows 7 are you using is it 32 or 64bit? And I also noticed you said XP SP2 - it should be SP3 for gaming these days.
yes, i'am using dual os, but almost game installed and run on 7 (32 bit).
Yeah, talking about bottlenecking, (DABhand also mentioned before), i dont have good hint for this... but Assasin creed II 1.02 patch (a game which should be processed by more than 2 cores?)is working fine in our rig. But you have point that the number of cpu core which needed to run recent games are more-than-2-cores cpu (Link)
And actually there is one more obstacle, i hope this is the last one, is static noise coming from my GTX 460, but i think it would be nice to have take a break.. because IT'S weekend!(is it?), but every comment is very welcome.
We looking foward for further discussions. Have a nice weekend.
I was wondering about noise coming from graphics stuff too, because whenever I move the mouse and I'm in my headphones, I hear some weird static noise that mirrors my mouse movement, and pretty much just anything that happens on the screen, I hear some static that's in sync with every movement. It's very strange. It happened with my old 5200, 7300, and my 285GTX.