Concerns about bottlenecking
I have an amd athlon dual core 6000 3.0 ghz with nvidia 9800 gt gpu. Unfortunatly my gpu has died on me and im looking to buy a new one for now until im ready to pony up and get a brand new rig. My ? Is would the gtx 650 end up bottlenecking my cpu???
The CPU will be bottlenecking the GPU if anything.
There are a few other things to consider when making a modern upgrade on an old rig, aside from just if it will fit and what the bottleneck will be.
Is the power supply of decent quality and/or able to provide the necessary wattage to the card (However minimal that may be)?
Is the board capable of supporting the card to its full potential, ie, if it's PCIe x16 1.0, it may be limiting - Despite the 650 being fairly weak.
Instead of making a quick upgrade now, and a full upgrade later, it's probably a better idea to just bring that full upgrade forward. That way you won't be wasting unnecessary money on a card which could potentially turn in to the equivalent cost of an SSD or something.
Blisonez said:Would it be better to go even lower with a gpu??? Honestly im waiting for tax season to drop a good amount of cash into an above average rig. I need my current pc to last till then. I really only play company of heroes 2 and civ v at the moment.
Depends really. If the supply can support it then by all means it will work fine. You'll need to find out the make and model of your PSU to fully check and match it up with any modern card.
The 650 (I would personally look in to the 750ti) don't really consume much power at all. But if it's more than your old card then you could potentially hit an issue if your PC was pre-built and designed to support only the components it came with.
So your current card goes up to 105W as a TDP. That's great because most budget cards will be at or below that, round abouts.
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You could go for an AMD APU, which is a CPU with pretty powerful integrated graphics:
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