Will this CPU bottleneck?

I'm a first time PC builder and i just ordered the components off of newegg. I wanted advice on if I made a CPU purchase that is balanced with the rest of my rig. This PC will be used solely for gaming.

Build:
Rosewill Blackbone Case
ASROCK 770DE AM3
HIS HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3
OCZ 600W PSU
AMD Athlon II X3 445
OCZ Special Ops 4Gb DDR3 1600
WD Caviar Blue 320GB HD
Windows 7

My budget was to stay around $400 without factoring in the price of the OS. The games I really want to play for now are Starcraft 2 and Civilization 5.

As a side note: my friend told me I made a huge mistake by not going with a phenom II. At the moment I am not comfortable with overclocking or unlocking. I am also not opposed to having to upgrade the CPU or Gfx card in about a year or year and a half. I just need this to provide a balanced gaming experience until then.

Any thoughts on this CPU with the rest of this build?
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  1. ur friend knows nothing, that cpu is fine
  2. Fine match even if you upgrade your GPU a notch or two.
  3. CPU is fine. Is there any reason you're going for a 4850?

    A 5770 would be better and supports DX11 and isn't that much more expensive.
  4. Well, I was on a pretty strict budget, $400 and certainly no more than $500 after shipping etc. I read that the 4850 is a workhorse and may even be a bit more solid than the 5770 (with the exclusion of the DX11). I was able to get it for about $40 cheaper than the 5770. The only issue I was having was with the DX 11. I figured that the 5770 wouldn't be good enough to run games all the way up with DX11 anyway, so i decided it would be better to save my money now, get a solid performance card, and then buy the 5850 when it comes down in price (and by that time more games will support DX11).

    I guess i kind of had a similar rationale with the CPU. Since I read the Athlon 2 X3 was solid performance, and most games don't even make much use of 4 cores, it would be better to save now and get a 4 core later when they are cheaper and more useful.

    Hopefully my logic works out!
  5. Quote:
    Well, I was on a pretty strict budget, $400 and certainly no more than $500 after shipping etc. I read that the 4850 is a workhorse and may even be a bit more solid than the 5770 (with the exclusion of the DX11).

    If by "more solid" you mean better performing, you're a bit off. It's the 4870 that is potentially a touch better than the 5770 in performance. The 4850 is a step down. That said, the 4850 is a great GPU but you may run into overheating issues if you got the one with a single slot cooler, especially the older models. I had to modify my sapphire 4850's bios to get the fan curve keeping the temps at an appropriate level.
  6. This is the card I purchased:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161296

    Should this one stay cool?

    Do you think I made a mistake by going for the 4850 over the 4870 or 5770?
  7. It should stay cool. If you are at resolution 1680 x 1050 or lower you are fine with the HD4850.
  8. I'll definitely be at a lower resolution than that. I'll have it hooked up DVI to a Dell 17' LCD (from around 2006) I think it may have 1280 x 1024 if I remember correctly or maybe even lower.

    Hopefully once the 5850 or 5870 comes down a bit I'll make a new purchase for Star Wars the old Republic and Diablo 3 (which are the next games on my list when they come out)
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    I'll definitely be at a lower resolution than that. I'll have it hooked up DVI to a Dell 17' LCD (from around 2006) I think it may have 1280 x 1024 if I remember correctly or maybe even lower.

    At that resolution, you'll have no problems, even with Crysis. I have an Athlon IIx4 at 3.2GHz with my 4850. I just ran a couple games at your resolution.
    Crysis Warhead: 1280 x 1024 - usually kept above 40FPS with all settings on "gamer" and AA turned off.
    MW2: 1280 x 1024 - Completely maxxed out with AA 40-90FPS in intense levels.

    And, in my experience with my old HIS radeon 3870 and what I have read, HIS tends to have some well cooled cards compared to the competition.
  10. ct1615 said:
    HIS has some very nice custom coolers, they also are notorious for horrible customer service.

    Good to know lol. I didn't know that because my HIS was used when I got it and out of warranty.
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