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Graphics Card - Good idea to put late model into an old system?

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December 22, 2008 1:47:46 PM

Would it be a good idea to install a recent video card onto an old system? For instance, something like:

Intel:
LGA 775 mobo with a E6600 cpu

AMD:
Socket 939 mobo with FX-60 cpu

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December 22, 2008 1:52:12 PM

Heya,

Basically, so long as you can power the GPU, there's no reason not to put a newer card in a system unless price is prohibitive. The only thing is, older CPU's may not be able to push a newer GPU hard enough to get performance out of it, ie, the older CPU's will bottleneck a newer GPU very quickly.

The E6600 is a 2.4ghz Dual Core. It's perfectly fine. You could put a brand new HD4870x2 on that if you wanted. It will play your games perfectly well. You won't get the absolute maximum out of that HD4870x2 with that CPU, but, the point is, it will still game very well--better than some older videocard at high resolutions.

But more realistically, on that CPU, you'd be totally find to put something like a GTX260 or an HD4870 on it. You will game perfectly well at high settings and all with that CPU and one of these higher GPU's.

Very best,
December 22, 2008 1:59:07 PM

malveaux said:
Heya,

Basically, so long as you can power the GPU, there's no reason not to put a newer card in a system unless price is prohibitive. The only thing is, older CPU's may not be able to push a newer GPU hard enough to get performance out of it, ie, the older CPU's will bottleneck a newer GPU very quickly.

The E6600 is a 2.4ghz Dual Core. It's perfectly fine. You could put a brand new HD4870x2 on that if you wanted. It will play your games perfectly well. You won't get the absolute maximum out of that HD4870x2 with that CPU, but, the point is, it will still game very well--better than some older videocard at high resolutions.

But more realistically, on that CPU, you'd be totally find to put something like a GTX260 or an HD4870 on it. You will game perfectly well at high settings and all with that CPU and one of these higher GPU's.

Very best,


Thanks for the input. I currently have the 8800GTX and was wanting to upgrade to something like a GTX260 or the 1GB HD4870 for my old school system. The GTX is nice; I can play most game with it, but not on high quality settings. A newer video card should help a lot with that.
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