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9500GT Bottle necking a core i5

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February 27, 2010 4:39:09 AM

I was wondering if any of you guys could tell me if I bought an

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5 750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nvidia 9500gt:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would this be there major bottle neck in my PC? Also, should I go with 1gb or 512mb. I only play DOD: Source and CS: Source... and not all that often. I am a software developer and run visual studio and eclipse all day everyday. I am running windows 7 on my old comp and Linux in a virtual machine. What do you guys have to say? Maybe I could get a way with an i3?

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February 27, 2010 5:01:50 AM

for those games, you will be fine.

the graphics card is weak, but you are playing old games.
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February 27, 2010 5:12:28 AM

It depends on your monitor resolution. If you are using 1360x768 then the 9500GT will play just fine but a medium setting most of the time depending on the game. Any resolution higher you have to get a better one.
Get the 512MB version since a 9500gt can not really make full use of the 1GB memory.
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February 27, 2010 5:20:29 AM

You'll regret getting such a weak video card and will be limited to very old games or low resolutions.
I'd go for a cheaper processor (AMD Athlon X4) and upgrade the video card to an ATI 5770 or at least an Nvidia GTS250.
I doubt you'll notice the difference with a cheaper CPU for visual studio, eclipse or VM's if you stick with a quad core.
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February 27, 2010 5:22:09 AM

I'd be running at 1440 X 900 resolution. Only one monitor. Would I see any real performance with the quad vs the dual core? I have a q6600 now...
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February 27, 2010 6:29:14 AM

randomkid said:
9500gt will be a bit bottleneck at 1440x900. I would suggest ATI HD4650 which is at the same price range at the9500gt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
but will perform much better at this resolution.
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=20...

If the q6600 goes with a motherboard & DDR2 RAM, then it should be a good pair with the HD4650.


you guys realise he only wants to play source engine games?

at that res, a 9500 would be fine.
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February 27, 2010 6:52:14 AM

Agreed. And the i5 is probably more important in his work then the 9500.
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February 27, 2010 9:20:12 AM

welshmousepk said:
you guys realise he only wants to play source engine games?

at that res, a 9500 would be fine.

The point is why get an inferior product for the same price if you can get a better one.
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February 27, 2010 11:56:09 AM

If you do decide to go with a 9500 GT be sure to get one with DDR3 instead of DDR2. DDR3 will be 20-30% faster than DDR2. I would choose a DDR3 board with 512k over a DDR2 board with 1G any day.
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March 27, 2010 6:11:50 PM

Best answer selected by murda_rolla.
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