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Will this cause ultra severe bottlenecking?

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April 19, 2013 8:00:47 AM

My processor-
Intel core 2 duo e7400

My motherboard-
MSI Boston 1.0

GPU I want to buy-

Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

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April 19, 2013 8:04:47 AM

Your CPU will bottleneck either of those GPU's severely.
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2013 8:09:20 AM

Maybe not "ultra severe" but definitely expect some important bottleneck.

I would settle for a lesser card like the Radeon 7770 or GeForce 650-Ti.

And since you have an old computer, why not looking for second hand cards? You might find great deals in your area, check on Kijiji, ebay, cragslist, etc... For instance, I recently bought a used 5670 for only 30$. If you want a little more power, you can probably find great deals on 6870 or 560, something like that.

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April 19, 2013 8:40:15 AM

For reference I run an e8400 @ 3.6Ghz which is a similar generation yet stronger cpu and I recently purchaced a 660GTX.

I find that in most games my cpu bottlenecks my gpu by around 50%, especially in source games and bf3 multiplayer (I expect mostly due to e8400 only being dual core and bf3/source scale well to quad cores).

I wouldn't recommend getting a 660/7870 unless you are planning to upgrade your cpu/mobo soon or else it will be a wasted purchace. I would do what the user above has advised if you need a new card.