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Upgrading 8800 GT -> HD 5850

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November 26, 2009 11:53:21 PM

Greetings earthlings!

I would like some opinions about this upgrade,

Geforce 8800 GT
to
HD 5850

I've been told that my CPU could bottleneck, but i think that at it's current speed (3.4GHz) I should be okay right?

And about the power supply, I've go a LC Power 550w do you think I should upgrade?

Cheers :D 

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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2009 11:57:07 PM

Hey OverPT,

What's your exact processor model? Is it Intel or AMD? Is it single, dual, tri, or quad core?

Your power supply should be fine as the HD 5850 sips power like the rest of the new five series, however there may either be further room for improvement in your system or it may be overkill.

What resolution are you running your games at? How much memory do you have?
November 27, 2009 12:00:59 AM

Woops I forgot that :kaola: 

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 2.33 GHz @ 3.4GHz
Memory:3x 1024 Mb Kingston 667 MHz @ 972 MHz
Motherboard: GA-P35C-DS3R
Hard Drive: 2x Western Digital Caviar 250 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Operating System: Windows Seven Ultimate
Power Supply: LC Power 550w

Resolution 1680x1050
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November 27, 2009 12:04:58 AM

brockh said:
Hey OverPT,

What's your exact processor model? Is it Intel or AMD? Is it single, dual, tri, or quad core?

Your power supply should be fine as the HD 5850 sips power like the rest of the new five series, however there may either be further room for improvement in your system or it may be overkill.

What resolution are you running your games at? How much memory do you have?


Look at his member config- by what i see it seems fine
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 12:06:02 AM

OverPT said:
Woops I forgot that :kaola: 

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 2.33 GHz @ 3.4GHz
Memory:3x 1024 Mb Kingston 667 MHz @ 972 MHz
Motherboard: GA-P35C-DS3R
Hard Drive: 2x Western Digital Caviar 250 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Operating System: Windows Seven Ultimate
Power Supply: LC Power 550w

Resolution 1680x1050


Everything should be fine. I think at that resolution the 5850 is powerful, but not necessarily overkill as you can pile on the high quality settings. I'd say just stick it in and you're ready to go. If anything goes wrong just say something. Oh, and that's what she said.
November 27, 2009 12:11:56 AM

Yeah I'll mostly play CoD:MW,CoD:MW2 and Aion, I'm not exactly a "I gotta have the best FPS in the world in Crysis" type of guy so I'll stick with it :p 

Thanks for the help, I was beggining to worry I had to change my system to an i5/i7 :sarcastic: 
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 12:17:13 AM

OverPT said:
Yeah I'll mostly play CoD:MW,CoD:MW2 and Aion, I'm not exactly a "I gotta have the best FPS in the world in Crysis" type of guy so I'll stick with it :p 

Thanks for the help, I was beggining to worry I had to change my system to an i5/i7 :sarcastic: 


An i5/i7 will give you a noticable performance increase but I do not believe your current processor will hold it back very much. It's perfectly acceptable to save that upgrade for later when you start noticing it slow down. Keep in mind the higher you go in resolution the less work the CPU tends to do, reducing bottlenecks somewhat, so you may also want to upgrade your monitor eventually too. Of course the 5850 will handle that well also.
November 27, 2009 12:18:29 AM

Maybe I'll upgrade next year, this year goes for the Graphics Card :p 
!