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July 29, 2007 4:04:12 AM

Hi,
I'm a new comers and i need some expert help from u all.
My case is is it true to said that CPU will decrease the fps of GPU performance?
I have saw some forum and they said when you buy a good GPU must also upgrade your CPU as well. :( 
I worry my spec didn't really optimize my graphic performance.
my spec is:
AMD 64 3000+
4*512 Corsair PC3200 RAM
MSI 8800GTS 320MB OC Edition
450W PSU
ICute Case

Thanx a lot for eveyone spend your time to read my problem.

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July 29, 2007 4:11:27 AM

yeah that's what we call a bottleneck, the GPU can't perform to it's full potential if the CPU can't run the program fast enough.

It depends on what games you play, if you play games like WoW or BF2 I wouldn't worry, if you play more demanding games like supreme commander then you'll need a faster CPU
July 29, 2007 4:25:26 AM

Yes, unfortunately, your CPU will bottleneck your GPU, although the effect will only be noticeable in the latest games.

You have a socket 939 system, so it's not worth to upgrade just the processor. My advice is save up and get a cheap C2D like an E4300 with a decent motherboard and 2GB DDR2 RAM. You can pick all that up for around $300. Until that time, your system should serve you fine as long as you avoid the latest multi-threaded games.
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July 29, 2007 4:45:24 AM

Yeah, your proc is pretty is pretty old - some of the 8800's potential will be wasted because it'll just be sitting around waiting for new instructions from your CPU.

I agree with SEALBoy - get a new C2D mobo and some new ddr2 ram, and you should be good to go!
July 29, 2007 5:23:25 AM

To Reaper Tiew...

I don't necessarily agree with some of the previous posters. If your intention is to last out a few months to a year, and you can get one at a decent price, then the opteron 1xx series is still a good upgrade. I'd look for 17x or 18x series (depending on price / availability where you live). You get rid of your cpu bottleneck, get a two core processor, and can use your existing MB and memory. All in all a good way to extend your existing system. Your MB bios may need to be flashed, but you didn't mention the mfgr. / model #, and you can look that up as easily as I.

Far cheaper (in the short term) than replacing your entire system.
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July 29, 2007 5:34:05 AM

The other option ofcourse is to overclock your 3000+. Even using the stock cooler, you should be able to get to the mid 2GHz range. This won't be as fast as an X2 or a C2D, this will put you in the area of the 3500/3800, and should give your GTS more speed.
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July 29, 2007 6:12:12 AM

u have 2 options :

1_If your mobo supports x2 , then get a good 939 x2 (which are very rare)

2_if u can , get a nice Core2Duo setup and enjoy :D 
July 30, 2007 3:54:22 AM

Thanx to all of you for the reply, but just like turboflame mention, is it true that games is also a factor whether it need a lot of CPU power or not?if i play GRAW2 or FEAR in 1280*1024 setting will it be lag due to my CPU can't match performance with 8800GTS???
The most sad thing is my motherboard is 939 socket can't support AM2 or C2D!!!!!!!!!!!! :( 

I have seen some of the article, there mention that the 8800GTS perform well in 1600*1200 resolution or higher and wit max AA and other stuff, but if you play in low resulotion it will decrease the performance for that card.... :( 
July 30, 2007 4:12:23 AM

F.E.A.R has a built in benchmark to determine your min,average and max frames just click 'performance' from the options and then 'Test'. FEAR is not a multi threaded game, so I think you will be ok running it. Games such as Supreme commander might cause problems though because it likes Dual Cores.
I have seen 3800+ X2 and 4200 + X2 Dual Cores still avaliable for socet 939 if you don't want to change motherboards and Memory. I personally wouldn't bother with AM2 though because good Core 2 Duos can be found cheap and perform better (depending on the model).
July 30, 2007 4:16:09 AM

actually i just hope i can play all the games in 1280*1024 resolution in a smooth condition without any lagging!!!!!!!!
like GRAW2, FEAR, C&C3 Tiberium Wars...... :( 
July 30, 2007 4:19:37 AM

speedbird said:
F.E.A.R has a built in benchmark to determine your min,average and max frames just click 'performance' from the options and then 'Test'. FEAR is not a multi threaded game, so I think you will be ok running it. Games such as Supreme commander might cause problems though because it likes Dual Cores.
I have seen 3800+ X2 and 4200 + X2 Dual Cores still avaliable for socet 939 if you don't want to change motherboards and Memory. I personally wouldn't bother with AM2 though because good Core 2 Duos can be found cheap and perform better (depending on the model).





Great to hear from you!!!!!hehe!!!!!!!!
i mind give it a test in FEAR first!!!!!!!!!! :D 
July 30, 2007 4:27:19 AM

Hatman said:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112960

http://www .newegg.com/Product/Product .aspx?Item=N82E16819103053


Both quite cheap and the performance is pretty good.


Thanx alot and i appreciate it!may b i'll consider first!hehe! ;) 
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