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April 7, 2012 12:09:47 PM

Hello.

I'm thinking about upgrading my curent GPU to a hd 6850 and read on a few forums, that it can bottleneck with cpus.
So my question is would I be able to reduce the bottleneck by OC-ing my E5200 to 3.0 and how exactily to do that?.

My current system specs are:

Mobo: Asrock g31m-s
Cpu: Intel pentium Dual-Core E5200 @2.5
Memory: 3GB RAM
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9500GT (want to upgrade to HD6850)
HDD: 500GB
PSU: 420W (looking to upgrade to a 600W unit)
OS: Win 7 Ultimate

I've read a couple guides on OC-ing but i still don't really get what I have to do :??: 

Or should i just get a quad core and be done with it?

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April 7, 2012 12:50:16 PM

even with a bottleneck ud see huge improvements with that gpu
g31 isnt much of an overclocking chipset i dont think, u could try for a bit more though
just have to raise your fsb, unlocked from your fsb of your ram
or you can lock them and raise them both together, assuming you have room on your fsb for the ram
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April 7, 2012 4:12:46 PM

neon neophyte said:
even with a bottleneck ud see huge improvements with that gpu
g31 isnt much of an overclocking chipset i dont think, u could try for a bit more though
just have to raise your fsb, unlocked from your fsb of your ram
or you can lock them and raise them both together, assuming you have room on your fsb for the ram



Thanks for the fast answer, but as I said earlier i don't really understand the fsb stuff.. yet...

I'll try reading up on it but I'd appreciate all help you could offer :) 
I don't really know how to chek waht fsb frequencie I'm running on or how to increase/decrese it, etc...
Maybe you could help me with some starting points like what to do first.
I also tried instaling the asrock OC tuner, which I downloaded from the manufacturers webpage.
But it's still confusing.

Here are some specs if that helps anyway.

CPU frequency: 215 (increased from 200) - effect was cpu showing at 2.69Ghz
PCIE frequency: 104
CPU ratio: 12.5

DRAM voltage: 1.908
VTT voltage: 1.21
NB voltage: 1.543

I'd appreciate all the help you can offer :) 
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