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AMD Phenom II X6 1045T and Radeon HD 6850: Is this combo holding back my system?

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November 13, 2013 1:19:10 PM

I've using this build for some time now for gaming, and have been able to run most new games on mid-high. It's composed of parts taken from an old pre-built and mixed in with some custom components. Lately, I've been wondering whether or not I should upgrade. In the meantime, I'm wondering if my CPU (or anything else in my system) is bottlenecking. Here's my build:

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T
N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX
2x4 GB DDR3-1333
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
Corsair 600 W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
1600x900 monitor

I guess I'm just asking for general advice as to whether or not this build can handle the newest crop of games at fairly high settings. Thanks!
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November 13, 2013 1:46:45 PM

Right now your bottle neck is your graphics card. I suppose if you got a SSD you would notice huge improvements (not necessarily in gaming though).
If you upgraded your GPU you'll be able to run game on much higher settings.
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November 13, 2013 1:51:16 PM

Really? Would the Phenom II X6 1045T be able to handle higher-tier GPUs?
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November 13, 2013 1:52:40 PM

The venerable old 6 core is still a good CPU with some O/C help. Like mentioned above, the card is your weakest link right now for gaming.
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November 13, 2013 1:55:00 PM

JLi9876 said:
Really? Would the Phenom II X6 1045T be able to handle higher-tier GPUs?


Yes, just overclock it a bit and it will stay on par, making the GPU the bottleneck.
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November 13, 2013 1:56:36 PM

Id say its a mix of both. the 1045T is only a 2.7 ghz base clock. the 6850 isn't bad, but isn't top end either.

you might get better results if you look up how to get that 1045T clocked to 3.2-3.5 ghz or higher.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-phenom...

little bit of information on how to get started.
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November 13, 2013 1:58:14 PM

That's a BE processor. Easy to O/C with the unlocked multiplier. Maybe a little voltage boost if/when necessary. You should be able to run HD 7870/GTX 660ti class cards before there's any appreciable CPU bottleneck then. Actually, you can go with even faster cards if you don't mind a the diminishing returns caused by the CPU.
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November 13, 2013 2:43:48 PM

Thanks for the advice, guys. A couple of more questions. I'm not too familiar with overclocking. Is overclocking recommended if I'm still using the stock fan, or should I pick up a cooling unit? And what level of GPU card would I be able to handle with just the base clock?
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November 13, 2013 2:52:00 PM



cross with the cpu chart



just under 91 fps (1100T) roughly translates to nvidia 660 or radon 7950

other games will vary a bit, but this is generally how you decide what a good balance is. you can also see how far down the 6850 would end up. If you have a specific game in mind, techspot usually does some pretty good testing (although single player only for MP games such as battlefield)
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November 13, 2013 2:53:30 PM

JLi9876 said:
Thanks for the advice, guys. A couple of more questions. I'm not too familiar with overclocking. Is overclocking recommended if I'm still using the stock fan, or should I pick up a cooling unit? And what level of GPU card would I be able to handle with just the base clock?


Yes, you will need an aftermarket cooler to replace the stock unit. It is a good (but noisy) cooler, but not designed for the extra heat produced by a high O/C. Look into the EVO 212: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For an easy O/C of any BE processor, you simply need to enter BIOS and look for something that says CPU multipler or freq multiplier, etc. The problem you may run into with that Foxconn OEM board is the BIOS may be crippled so none of that is available.

If you have to stay at stock speeds, you won't need a cooler upgrade. Then just look into the afore mentioned cards.
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