This is my first post here. Im rebuilding my girlfriends Dell XPS 600, and wanted to know if the CPU will bottleneck the new graphics card I ordered.
Intel Extreme Edition Dual Core Processor 840 3.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB cache
4GB DDR2-667MHz SDRAM
Dual 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX in SLi
NVIDIA nForce4 SLITM X16 MCP chipset
650w Extreme PSU
(Running Windows 7 premium 64-bit)
I ordered a GTX470 today and wanted to know if the old dual- core will bottleneck the 470 terribly? Ive heard that unless a game is really CPU hungry, a dual-core at 3ghz+ will be just fine. Any ideas? Thank You!
At 1440 a gtx 460 will be plenty, and your cpu will bottleneck it a little. You might be able to get away with a gtx 450 at 1440. On the 1900 you'll want a gtx 460 or AMD comparable, like a 6850 or 6870.
Make sure you set the card to run physics and not the cpu, you can set that in your driver. Honestly with the gtx 470, you should play on the 1900. It's hard to say what performance your going to get, you may need to turn anything that over task the cpu in the game and in your driver, you'll just have to experiment.. A mild overclock on the cpu will help as well if you can.
I have the Extreme edition........That MB doesn't support anything better than the cpu I have. I can up the RAM to 8GB.........I just wanted to make sure that the gfx card wouldn't bottleneck too badly............playing the game I mentioned above at high settings. I plan to get a new MB and cpu in the next couple of months......I just wanted to know if the new card will work well with the current setup.
Thanks for the input guys That comp means alot to her (it was a gift from a family member a few years back) I will pretty much end up rebuilding everything but the case in the end XD I just wanted to make sure we will get great performance while were in the process
One more thing.........what would be the best way to overclock the cpu? I've never overclocked anything other then a graphics card using nTune and Rivatuner........if you think going from 3.2 to something like 3.6 will give a decent performance gain. I VERY much appreciate all the help
The users manual shows the cpu is OC-able..........and I guess the biggest question would be would it bottleneck the frame rate under 60 in games like MW2 (the whole reason were rebuilding this system) ?
Yes your CPU will bottleneck your GPU but it should still provide plenty of power to get smooth and fluid gameplay even at your 22 inch high def resolutions. If you were to do it over I'd get the 1GB Nvidia 460, upgrade ram to 8 gigs and pocket the money saved for a quad core after intels new Sandy bridge drops all the prices on old quad cores. People act as if the CPU bottlenecks something that it destroys the computer gaming ability.... Not in this case I play MW2 at high deff with a AMD 4870 at home no problems. If you can squeeze a few hundred extra mgz through overclocking your cpu without overheating it that would be good too.