Mainly, I was just wondering what kind of computer you would be to be able to back a 'Radeon HD 4870 X2'. . .
As I'm looking at buying one, I understand I might need to upgrade components; I'm hoping however that I won't need to get a new motherboard and start all over again.. Maybe someone could suggest one that might work with my current configuration if the 'Radeon HD 4870 X2' won't work ?
~Please excuse my ignorance.
Mainboard : Intel D945GTP
Chipset : Intel i945G/GZ
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 640 @ 3200 MHz
Physical Memory : 5120 MB
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
Well I know there are i7's and stuff out now back isn't a Pentium 4, 3.2 ghz good ?
~I mean I'm pretty sure its only single core, but that's still alright isn't it ?
Yea, The motherboard is getting on, no real room for expansion later. The whole idea is getting a great card now and buying another heaps later when there a lot cheaper.
*What you mean by 'bottle neck'?
I upgraded from a Pentium D to an E5300, and it is more than 2x as fast.
Bottle neck means that your CPU is not fast enough to keep the video card supplied with data, so you will not use the full potential of the card. I would say an HD4830 would be the highest you would want to get.
A 3.2GHz P4 is quite low end now - the newer Core 2 architecture is quite a bit faster at lower clock speeds (so a 3.2GHz P4 is nowhere near half of a 3.2Ghz Core 2 Duo). As for the Athlon 64 x2 6000+, I'm not as familiar with those, but IIRC, they were quite a bit better than the P4s. it would probably still bottleneck sometimes (as it is still inferior to the Core architecture), but it would be better off by quite a bit.