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Best graphic card for Q9400 OC 3.2Ghz

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June 18, 2014 11:05:53 AM

Hello, i have a old computer with :

core 2 quad Q9400 oc'ed to 3.2Ghz
gbyte EP45T-UD3LR
4gb DDR3 1600
Corsair VX 550w

i want to ask what gpu should i buy for my computer, the best one in market right now but not bottleneck-ing my current processor.

because my parents bought me a HIS R9 280X TURBO BOOST 3GB 384Bit and in my research, that will bottleneck with my cpu

thanks :) 

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a c 325 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:12:17 AM

Not true, but the CPU will bottleneck the R9-280X. However, since you already have the card, why downgrade?
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a c 121 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:12:59 AM

yes but don't worry about it. one day you'll have a card to carry over to a new platform..................
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a c 197 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:23:13 AM

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You might also consider looking into overclocking the existing CPU, it'll help to boost performance.
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June 18, 2014 11:25:50 AM

clutchc said:
Not true, but the CPU will bottleneck the R9-280X. However, since you already have the card, why downgrade?


then i must upgrade my processor and motherboard right? and of course that will cost more money :( 
my plan is maybe getting a max gpu for my computer (maybe r9 270?)

swifty_morgan said:
yes but don't worry about it. one day you'll have a card to carry over to a new platform..................


yeah but with purchasing a new processor and motherboard
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June 18, 2014 11:29:14 AM

coozie7 said:
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You might also consider looking into overclocking the existing CPU, it'll help to boost performance.


if i do overclocking to the cpu, can i minimize the bottleneck?
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a c 121 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:31:38 AM

it says 3.2 above. even if you could get a higher clock it won't matter much at all.
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a c 325 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:40:51 AM

mj170590 said:
clutchc said:
Not true, but the CPU will bottleneck the R9-280X. However, since you already have the card, why downgrade?


then i must upgrade my processor and motherboard right? and of course that will cost more money :( 



No, you do not. No harm will be done by using a faster card with a slower CPU. You simply will not be using the gfx card at its fullest potential. And then only in games that are CPU demanding. Most FPS for instance are all gfx card. The GTX 280X will still be a better performer than a weaker card.

That's all that "bottleneck" means. No harm or damage.
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a c 197 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 11:46:07 AM

Note to self:
Must get eyes tested.
Probably couldn't push it much further anyway AFAIK the 9xxx didn't overclock particularly well anyway.
Still say you should stick with the R9 280X, you'll just end up with an inferior card and you'll hurt your parents feelings as well by selling it. Besides, you can always transfer the R9 280X into an upgraded system later on, it's a potent card so stop worrying about the bottleneck, just crank up the settings, load up the card and enjoy your gaming!
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June 18, 2014 11:50:47 AM

Good choice. I had a core 2 quad 6600 that was happy running at 3.6 on a good gigabyte board. You should be able to get there!
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a c 121 U Graphics card
June 18, 2014 12:05:32 PM

coozie7 said:
Note to self:
Must get eyes tested.
Probably couldn't push it much further anyway AFAIK the 9xxx didn't overclock particularly well anyway.
Still say you should stick with the R9 280X, you'll just end up with an inferior card and you'll hurt your parents feelings as well by selling it. Besides, you can always transfer the R9 280X into an upgraded system later on, it's a potent card so stop worrying about the bottleneck, just crank up the settings, load up the card and enjoy your gaming!


didn't I say that already?
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