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HD 5850 and C2D E7400

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April 11, 2010 3:18:27 PM

Hi all,
I'm finally nearing the point where I'll have enough money to buy an HD 5850, but I just thought of something.
On my current build, I have a Core 2 Duo E7400. I overclocked it to 3.6 GHz so far and I haven't changed the voltage yet, so I might try to go for 4 GHz on air.
But, at the current speed, would this processor cause an excessive amount of bottle-necking with a 5850?

Thanks in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 3:21:56 PM
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I highly doubt that it will cause that much, I mean, 3.6 is fairly fast for a dual core.

Might want to look here and compare your cpu with other cpus and see what the fps difference would be with the same video card and settings

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2 (This doesn't consider the overclock so you'll have to go with your gut on comparing performance, but it should still give you an idea)
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 3:32:55 PM

What kind of cooling do you use?
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April 11, 2010 3:32:59 PM

Thanks for the quick response. I looked around on Anandtech and it looks like bottle-necking should be minimal. And if I don't get the speeds I want, I can just overclock it more! :bounce: 

Thanks!
April 11, 2010 4:14:46 PM

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme .
It keeps my overclocked temps much lower than my stock cooler did. I figure I could probably push it to 4 GHz with it, but I'm holding off for now to see how this cooler does once it gets warmer where I live.
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 4:33:49 PM

Yeah that's probably a good idea. 4 GHz would give you a nice boost ;) 
April 18, 2010 2:20:35 AM

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