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Bottleneck help

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January 10, 2009 9:50:54 AM

What you be the best card in my 3 1/2 year old system before it bottlenecks.

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8Ghz
Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo4-F 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX
HD: Maxtor 6L120M0 120 GB
Current Graphics card: ASUS EN6600GT/TD/128 GeForce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

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January 10, 2009 12:30:58 PM

If you uprgraded your Ram to 2gb and maybe at 800mhz and overclocked your cpu to say 2.5ghz then i would recommend a HD4670... Until then at your current state maybe a HD3650..
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January 10, 2009 2:00:29 PM

I would recomend the 4670 with your system as is. Yes it may get a bit restricted by the CPU but i had a PC with the same CPU as yours untill very recently and can tell you for a fact that the 3650 isnt bottlenecked bt the CPU. That does depend on the display and resolution though, what do you game at ?

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January 10, 2009 2:26:07 PM

same tough here ... OC cpu and ram. MORE ram (2x1go) and a mid range new GPU.

What is your PSU ?
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January 10, 2009 2:31:22 PM

More Ram and a CPU Overclock are definatly good sugestions , just wanted to clarify my last post i wasnt saying the Ram and overclock are not needed, they are, its just that you would be mad to get a 3650 and not a 4670. Even a 4650 if money is tight would be better than a 3650.

January 10, 2009 6:36:14 PM

agree, dont go with 3650
January 10, 2009 6:45:35 PM

i was meant to write HD4650** sorry my bad =( i feel ashamed... p.s i still recommend a ram and OC yur CPU...
January 11, 2009 8:42:22 AM

I game at 1024X768 or 1280X1024, depending upon the game. Though I might be getting a new monitor thats 1440X900. My games include Counter Strike:Source, Call of Duty 4, World In Conflict, Spore. I am looking forward to getting Sins of a solar empire and fallout3.

My PSU is some generic 450W one that came with the case. It's served me well for 3 1/2 years however I've never done any OCing. I'm sure I would need a new PSU with my new graphics card right?

Could you guys link me some good OC guides, I'm not too keen on it.
January 11, 2009 3:23:26 PM

the best way would be to buy a new PSU and GPU. to be SURE the power gonna be OK. But for the budget, only a 4670 or 4830 if you can affort it can do it but maybe a PSU is needed with the 4830