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E6500 gpu bottlneck

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April 8, 2010 1:51:50 PM

What would be the highest card I could run with the new e6500? its clocked @2.9ghz and I was going to ask my parents for a hd 5770 for my birthday but idk if It'll be bottlenecked by my cpu.

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April 8, 2010 2:12:29 PM

A 5770 may be bottlenecked slightly by your CPU, but I can't see it being embaressing. There is almost always a limitation in any build, perfect balance is very difficult to achieve, and unnecassary. If you are trying to achieve perfect balance, a 5750 might be more appropriate, but for the price difference, a 5770 would be a better investment, especially if you might want to migrate to a new build in the future.
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April 8, 2010 2:53:40 PM

A buddy of mine has an e6400 and 5770. Runs great. It is limiting on CPU intensive games though. But this was a nice upgrade for $150.
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April 8, 2010 2:58:05 PM

Agreed. IF the performance isn't what you expected, upping the CPU by ~3-500mhz will net you some more performance.
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April 8, 2010 3:03:34 PM

so if i do get it, my cpu won't bottleneck it that much? if it's very minimal, i prolly wont notice it that much then but is the next best option a 5750 or a 4850? The games i have now are Cod 4, both Crysis' and DAO and I'll prolly get like Bioshock 2, MW2, etc. mostly shooters which i don't believe are too CPU Dependant like RTS's
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April 8, 2010 3:18:47 PM

Stag1928 said:
so if i do get it, my cpu won't bottleneck it that much? if it's very minimal, i prolly wont notice it that much then but is the next best option a 5750 or a 4850?


It will be fine. Al PC's have bottleneck. You will notice decreased performance in games that are multi-threaded the most. These run better on quad cores and are starting to be more prevalent. For example Bad Company 2 runs better on a quad core than a dual core.

between a 5750 and 4850 the 5750 definitely wins.
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April 8, 2010 11:19:45 PM

It will be fine except in games that are CPU demanding. Not all are, but you will find those that just hit it hard. They will play fine, but you will see the CPU utilization cap out or your frames may seem a little lower than that in reviews for your card.
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April 8, 2010 11:50:31 PM

Thanks =)
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April 9, 2010 12:00:19 AM

Best answer selected by Stag1928.
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