I'm thinking of upgrading my PC in order to play some of the nicer looking games that are coming out soon, but unfortunately due to insufficient funds, I can only do so part by part.
I'm thinking of upgrading my old 4870 into a 5850, but I'm afraid my processor will limit the potential of the new card.
Any thoughts? Also, are there any parts that I currently have that will continue to last me for a few more years so I don't have to upgrade yet?
e8400 shouldn't be bottleneck for 5850, even today this cpu is decent, also keep in mind that this cpu is 45nm, it runs pretty cool and overclocks very well, u even got 120mm aftermarket cooler. U will notice dramatic fps increase if u do this upgrade.
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It depends on the games and the resolution that you play.Most games are GPU limited so you'll be fine with them, however there are some CPU limited games too like FSX.
Also when you play on higher resolution,the game becomes less dependent on the CPU and benefits more from the GPU,whereas playing on lower resolutions benefit from the CPU too(in most games)