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Worried about a system bottleneck

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January 1, 2009 2:17:58 AM

1) I'm buying a new widescreen LCD and a new GFX card; I'm worried about my system bottlenecking. Below are my specs. I might buy a new CPU if you guys recommend it.

2) Also, I'm still researching which widescreen LCD and GFX card to get...any suggestions in light of my existing specs? I'm thinking about buying: LCD: Acer G24 - 24" widescreen gaming monitor, and the G card: Nvidia GTX 260 216 Core. I'm trying for the, "biggest bang for the buck."

My Bitch's specs:

CPU: Socket AM2 AMD Atholon 64 x2 4400+ Dual-core CPU w/ HyperTechnology.

MOBO: (socket AM2) Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 Sli MCP chipset DDR2/800 mboard with Dual 16x PCI-Express.

RAM:2x 1GB PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS2 Xtreme memory.)

HDD: 600GB(300 X2) SATA-II 3.0GB/S 16M CACHE 7200RPM HD

Current GFX card: Nvidia Geforce 7950 gx2, 1gb ddr, 16x PCI-e

PSU: Aspire 600w psu

Thank you for your help, and Happy New Year.
January 1, 2009 2:27:15 AM

Overclock your Cpu as far as you can and you should be alright. However, if you got a newer Phenom and clocked it to 2.9-ish Ghz, you will see a pretty large frame bump, even at 1900x1200.
January 1, 2009 2:31:25 AM

overclock the x2 to at least 3.0 Ghz
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January 1, 2009 2:51:31 AM

Well, with a new 24 inch widescreen and gpu will my Cpu bottleneck the performance of my PC? Do you recommend a specific gfx card, widescreen, or cpu with my specs? What speed Phenom should I get?
January 1, 2009 4:08:19 AM

Preferably a 9850 or higher. Get it to 2.9 ish and the bottleneck will be negligible.
January 1, 2009 4:51:31 AM

Or even better, wait 2 weeks to a month and get a PhenomII and not have to worry about '2.9-ish' 3.0Ghz out of the box sounds alot simpler to me.
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