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November 23, 2010 5:10:41 PM

Hey guys, im going to keep this simple !

Currently, I have a Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.88 @ 3.80 Ghz with a Asus P5QL-E Motherboard, and a GTX 9800+ GPU.


From what im aware, i can chuck the 9800 and put in a Gtx 460 instead (my psu is capable), but if i was to do this, would the CPU bottleneck the 460 ?


MANY THANKS

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November 23, 2010 5:23:47 PM

Not at 3.8 it won't. At stock it might bottleneck just a little bit. You will be fine with a GTX 460. I upgraded from a 9800GTX+ to this GTX460 and my FPS basically doubled.
November 23, 2010 5:41:55 PM

AWESOME =D i can play Bbc2 and COD BO 30 is FPS, so im hoping in just buying this 460, it will keep things cheap but efficient =D

No point in going for a Quad core ? More RAM ? ( i have 2gb DDR2)
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November 23, 2010 6:01:29 PM

There are really not many games out there that show a huge benifit from a quad-core, they usually, if programed correctly spread the work out across the four cores. IF your not pushing both cores or your 2GB of RAM to thier max while gaming then you really dont need to upgrade either of them, I would say get your GPU, then see if there is another area you want to improve.
November 23, 2010 6:03:38 PM

Ok, thanks alot for the replies. ive got a feeling its just down to the GPU and the RAM, considering that my PC doesnt crash or overheating with the 1Ghz OC ive put onto it :) 

just to confirm, the Gtx 460 will go with my Asus P5QL-E Mobo and 700W PSU ?
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November 23, 2010 6:06:44 PM

Whats the PSU? And very few modern-ish CPU's will bottleneck a mid range card like the 460. Ive seen tests where beyond a X3 440, there are no worries on bottlenecking ANY card.
November 23, 2010 6:11:09 PM

Artic cooler 700w ? all i know im afraid, but thanks for all the replies... in the future im looking to try and find a LGA775 mobo (for my current CPU) but full speed SLI, as this one will only take 1 GPU
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November 23, 2010 6:13:19 PM

gladwin said:
Artic cooler 700w ? all i know im afraid, but thanks for all the replies... in the future im looking to try and find a LGA775 mobo (for my current CPU) but full speed SLI, as this one will only take 1 GPU


I definitely wouldnt spend any more money on 775, especially a new motherboard. Id skip getting a new motherboard, and just get a new CPU+Mobo+RAM.
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November 23, 2010 6:54:48 PM

At 3.8ghz you likely wouldn't bottleneck a GTX 480 on dual core optimized or GPU bound games.

E7xxx are nice little CPUs for gaming.
November 23, 2010 7:02:08 PM

Ahhh brilliant, thats a big sigh of relief ! i had got to 3.88 Ghz the other day, but i ifeel more comfortable at the 3.80Ghz.

SECOND QUESTION .... What make for the GPU ? Preferably one with a decent warranty.


This is probably the most useful thread ive ever had, THANKYOU
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November 23, 2010 7:06:58 PM

MSI, Asus, EVGA or Gigabyte are the top brands. Find the one of those on sale. Make sure it is a 1GB model though.

Here is an excellent one for $169 after rebates and it comes with a free game.

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

Glad we could help :) 
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November 23, 2010 7:11:13 PM

I belive Asus has a 3 year and Sparkle limited lifetime warranty.
November 23, 2010 8:25:52 PM

Noob question, whats the sparkle warranty ? static etc ?

Would these brands in your opinion, be the same quality etc for a UK resident like myself ?
November 23, 2010 9:41:17 PM

Again, thankyou for all of your help, im going to list out my set-up to be, id like your views on it if that was Ok:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.88 @ 3.80 Ghz
GPU: Gtx 460 1GB (Originally Gtx 9800+ Black edition)
RAM: 2Gb DDR2 (not sure what the Frequency is)
PSU: Arctic Power 700w
Mobo: Asus P5QL-E
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November 23, 2010 11:52:14 PM

Looks fine. Go for it.
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November 25, 2010 9:10:41 PM

Haven't heard of Arctic Power myself, where you getting this PSU?
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