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cpu bottleneck with 8800gt?

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March 26, 2008 1:15:56 AM

I'm looking for advice on a vid card upgrade. I'm thinking about getting a stock 8800gt 512meg. But then I was possible looking at 9600gt as well. Why a 9600gt over an 8800gt? Because I was thinking that my amdx2 4200 might be a bottleneck with the 8800gt and I'd be spending extra money for no better performance.

Am I wrong in my thinking? Should I just get the 8800gt and possibly still get better performance regardless of processor? OF course I could get the 8800gt and save it for a future system, but after another year I'm sure there will be something better out that I'll want with a newer better system.

My system: amdx2 4200, 2g ddr2-5300 667 ram (dual channel), motherboard: http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K9A...
(still using the onboard sound), currently a BFG oc 8600gt, running mainly vista32 (I have a dual boot with xp, which I use for some games but not all).

I know I'll see a big improvement either way over my 8600gt, but I can't help but wonder if, on my system, there won't be much difference between the 8800 and the 9600.

Appreciate any input.

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March 26, 2008 2:01:31 AM

What is your display size?
March 26, 2008 2:07:10 AM

22inch lcd. I currently game at 1280 by 800; but of course would like to go up to 1680x1050 with a better vid card. But I'm flexible on the resolution if it gives better fps.
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March 26, 2008 10:41:57 AM

8800GTS 512 > 8800GT 512 > 9600GT 512.
You'll gain a huge performance boost from 8600GT to either 9600GT or 8800GT. Though I think your cpu might bottleneck your vga a bit but less likely unnoticed.

It is wise that you also upgrade your cpu.
March 26, 2008 10:59:08 AM

I have an X2 4200 and I can tell you that if your just turn your setting sup a bit then you won't get bottlenecks. I am playing COD4 at high settings with AA on 2 at a res of 1280x1024 on my 17inch and I get 70+ fps with no bottlenecking occuring when I check my processor activity though the processor is about 90% utilized. You can always over clock a bit. Isn't that the whole point to buying a nice board and RAM versus just buying mediocre parts? You can run your parts at stock until they start to get a little slow and then over clock them just a bit and squeaze another year or so out of your system before you build another high dollar system.
March 26, 2008 11:06:39 AM

On , 1280x800, there is a sort of CPU bottleneck, but in reality.....

...... CPU bottlenecks are overrated, you will get a boost. Just don't expect scenes like a 6 person firefight in Crysis to improve much, but everything else, will go at least 2X faster. Besides, the highest FPS the eye can notice is only 60FPS.
March 26, 2008 11:12:06 AM

kona said:
I have an X2 4200 and I can tell you that if your just turn your setting sup a bit then you won't get bottlenecks. I am playing COD4 at high settings with AA on 2 at a res of 1280x1024 on my 17inch and I get 70+ fps with no bottlenecking occuring when I check my processor activity though the processor is about 90% utilized. You can always over clock a bit. Isn't that the whole point to buying a nice board and RAM versus just buying mediocre parts? You can run your parts at stock until they start to get a little slow and then over clock them just a bit and squeaze another year or so out of your system before you build another high dollar system.


What is your vga may I ask?
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