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First-timer (sorts) Card and processor Bottlenecking or just Weak?

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July 30, 2010 9:09:56 AM

... where if any would i be likely to have some bottlenecking in this scenario;
I just bought my first graphic card

Galaxy 24GGS8HX2PUX GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

i have: AMD athlon x2 ii 240 2.8mhz;
3gb/goDDR3; 500gb/go hard drive;
Win7 home ed. 64 bit;
OCZ Fatal1ty 550W ATX12V v2.2 (just bought as well)

(bought the computer at best buy and wanted to play some games newer than 2006, already had to buy a psu cause the
model only came with 250w!!)

i am terribly out of practice.
anyways... does this sound balanced? or weak in some spots?

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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:26:26 AM

Looks pretty balanced, although I'd say the the graphics card is very slightly a bit powerful for the Athlon II X2, nothing to concern yourself with though. ^^
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July 30, 2010 9:26:43 AM

The processor could benefit from a bit of overclocking if your motherboard allows for it but it is still ok as is.
The GT 240 is a decent choice for that system and for gaming at low resolutions however if you get one I would recommend the DDR5 version instead if you can afford it.
How much do you have to spend exactly and what is the native resolution of your monitor? There are probably better cards to chose.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:29:17 AM

Lmeow said:
Looks pretty balanced, although I'd say the the graphics card is very slightly a bit powerful for the Athlon II X2, nothing to concern yourself with though. ^^

This is a DDR3 GT 240 we are talking about which is slightly weaker than a 9600GT. In no way is it a mismatch for an Athlon II x2, even slightly. He could use much better cards and see a lot of benefit, especially at higher resolutions.
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July 30, 2010 9:35:44 AM

well i didn't really want to spend more than 200 bucks and that would include the psu
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:36:31 AM

What is your resolution and did you already purchase the PSU and if so how much was it?
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July 30, 2010 9:38:57 AM

and my resolution is 1366x768
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July 30, 2010 9:40:51 AM

the psu i purchased for 65 dollars, i can fudge a bit for improved graphics
though
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:48:07 AM

Well, I guess you're right with the GT 240 and Athlon II X2, although bottlenecking is relative - I forgot the GT 240 was more like a 9600 GT than the 9800 GT. Oops. I must've thought that it might be bottlenecked seeing as the Athlon II X2 250 falls behind the Phenom II X2 & C2D by a bit once you start using a GTX 260, which I suppose isn't too close to the 9800 GT, but not exactly far away from it either.

Jyjjy, do you know whether say a hex core Phenom II X6 @ 3.4 GHz increase the performance of a HD 5870 CrossFireX setup which is being bottlenecked by a Phenom II X4 @ 3.4 GHz(relative to an i7 920), in a game which only uses say three cores? Will the extra cores help at all seeing as the game itself can only use three cores?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:48:27 AM

Well, this combo with that PSU would have been your best choice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The card on its own shouldn't put you much over budget after the rebate however. It is over twice as powerful as the GT 240 you were looking at and should be great for your resolution for a long time to come.
If you would prefer something cheaper then this is a good deal and still much better than the GT 240;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:52:57 AM

Lmeow said:
Jyjjy, do you know whether say a hex core Phenom II X6 @ 3.4 GHz increase the performance of a HD 5870 CrossFireX setup which is being bottlenecked by a Phenom II X4 @ 3.4 GHz(relative to an i7 920), in a game which only uses say three cores? Will the extra cores help at all seeing as the game itself can only use three cores?

Nah, the extra cores wont do you any good if the game doesn't use them(and none do at this point.) However you can likely push the OC on the processor higher with a good fan/heatsink although the limit varies depending on your specific chip.
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July 30, 2010 10:04:52 AM

Alright thanks.
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a c 206 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 2:46:27 PM

At that low a resolution, that $90 HD4850 would be a great deal. If you're planning a monitor upgrade though, the HD5770 is stronger.
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July 30, 2010 3:13:49 PM

Best answer selected by matt_95.
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July 30, 2010 3:15:40 PM

jyjjy, thanks! I had looked at the 5770 buy wasn't sure if i would be getting the most out of it. i appreciate all of your help, all of you, thanks again! Starcraft2 here i come!! i wore out brood war
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 3:41:52 PM

Well, at stock the processor will limit the HD5770 some in the more cpu intensive games. See if your motherboard allows you to OC. If so you should be able to get it up to 3.3-3.5ghz on the stock cooler which will help you get the most out of the card.
Also I'm sure the motherboard can handle much better processors(Phenom II x4) if you would just like to upgrade it at some point.
Here is a cheaper HD5770 btw if you prefer;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 30, 2010 4:44:39 PM

again, thanks for the help! and i am glad your referral was to newegg! ive heard good things.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 8:02:47 PM

Yeah, they are the best site around for computer components.
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