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Does anybody think this will bottleneck?

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March 10, 2006 5:48:05 PM

Hey guys, I'm about to build a new computer. here are the specs;

EVGA Geforce 7900 gtx 512
kingston 1.5 gb pc3200 DDR ram
Western digital 120 gb 7200 RPM
ASUS a8n-sli premium
Antec TRUEPOWERII 550 watt PSU
AMD 3200+ 939 pin, Venice core

I'm wondering if anybody thinks that this system will bottleneck at the processor, or is the 3200 fast enough to keep up? thanks in advance!

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March 10, 2006 5:52:11 PM

Allright, thanks a bunch. I'll look into maybe 2 1gb sticks allthough right now im kinda strapped for cash :x
March 10, 2006 5:54:04 PM

Your cpu should be able to cope nicely, besides AMD's single core processors are powerful enough as they are, even the 3200+. I would recommend 2 gigs of dual-channel DDR RAM, that would help get rid of any potential bottlenecks, if you are worried about them.
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March 10, 2006 5:58:46 PM

:twisted: mmm 15%...well eventually i'll have to do that :)  I just cant wait untill oblivion... a big reason im doing this upgrade. The main reason i was so concerned about a bottleneck was my last computer...went all out on a radeon x800 (at the time allout 8)) and i really skimped on the motherboard....yeah....i got 2000marks on 3dmark 05 and when i moved the card to my dads computer he got 5000... anyways thanks again for the reply guys.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2006 1:08:34 PM

"Allright, thanks a bunch. I'll look into maybe 2 1gb sticks allthough right now im kinda strapped for cash "

Strapped for cash, yet, getting a $530 7900GTX?

:-)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2006 1:13:32 PM

"I'm wondering if anybody thinks that this system will bottleneck at the processor"

There was an A64/ 7800GTX processor scaling article several months back at www.firingsquad.com that showed that a 3200+ was holding back framerates "somewhat", but that above a 3500+, the increases were less pronounced....

With that in mind, I'd opt instead for a 3500+ if possible ...

(YOu might be able to easily OC your way to 2.2G/3500+ speeds anyway, however)
March 12, 2006 4:55:44 PM

thanks for the info mdd1963! Well thats my whole dahlemma. It would be silly to spend that much on a 7900 gtx and have the preformance of a 7800gt on account of the CPU. So with that in mind i checked neweggs prices on processors...and the 3500 is around $200. however, the 3700 is only $12 more! I'm going to spring for the 3700 ;) . plus i see it has a 1mb L2 cache other the 3200/3500s 512k.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2006 12:40:19 AM

"and the 3500 is around $200. however, the 3700 is only $12 more!"

There are a few apps that benefit from more cache, and for $12, I'd opt for the 3700+ over the 3500+ as well....

(you might still easily get 200 more MHz out of it, and be at 4000+/FX53 levels...)
March 13, 2006 1:16:03 AM

Aight, sounds good, thanks for the heads up!
March 13, 2006 2:19:25 AM

the CPU should be OK, but if you have the cash you know that a faster processor wont hurt. however that kingston ram you're using - it's not that CL3 ValueRAM stuff is it? I've heard Corsair 2GB dual channel budget RAM is much better
a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2006 2:13:01 PM

"I've heard Corsair 2GB dual channel budget RAM is much better
"

Mine is problem free...

WOn't impress anyone with with it's default SPD timings, but quite stable up to ~220 MHz before needing to relax timings or select different ratios
March 14, 2006 12:56:06 AM

hmmm

same here. but still.. people usually want the quickest
March 14, 2006 1:27:28 AM

get the san diego core
!