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Will my PENTIUM 4 processor bottleneck my Radeon HD 5770?

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March 22, 2011 2:00:40 PM

I have a old '04 Pentium 4 Computer @ 2.8 ghz and i was wondering if a Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X graphics card will be a bottleneck? If so, is it going to be "reaaally bad" so games like Black Ops/Crysis/Hot Pursuit 2010 are unplayable? Anyone have any thoughts on this?


Here are my computer specs :

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System Information
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Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.101026-1503)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
System Model: PN225AA-ABA A724N
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/11/04 12:07:06 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93GHz, ~2.9GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM
Page File: 1035MB used, 1004MB available
Windows Dir: H:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode


and Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X specs -

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GPU 860 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
800 x Stream Processors
Memory 1024 MB Size
128 -bit GDDR5
4800 MHz Effective


Also, my motherboard doesn't allow overclocking.... so im screwed pretty much :cry: 

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March 22, 2011 2:07:22 PM

But how bad will it be?
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March 22, 2011 2:16:16 PM

Pretty low, at 1280x1024.
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March 22, 2011 3:03:50 PM

Really? But i see people playing Crysis 2 with a Pentium 4 @ 3.0 ghz & HD3850AGP and its not all that bad :( 
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March 22, 2011 3:23:18 PM

I don't really want it to be like really hardcore FPS or anything.... decent enough to play all the new games without much lag.
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March 22, 2011 3:29:07 PM

What kind of hardware do you guys recommend? Which processor and how many Gigs of ram would i need to max out almost everything?
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March 22, 2011 3:35:57 PM

I'm pretty sure its SATA and I think the budget would be around $500-800 max. I could probably use my same Hard Drive, CD/DVD Drives and maybe USB ports and even the case itself... so probably save some money there but the motherboard, processor, ram and everything else would have to be sold/thrown in the attic and replaced with the new ones. :) 
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March 22, 2011 4:19:29 PM

I have a crappy old Hp Pavilion case... I'll have to buy a new one i think and I have a 500 watt psu.
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March 22, 2011 5:02:52 PM

I wouldn't even pair a Radeon 5670 with a 2.8Ghz P4 because the P4 will be holding the fps back...a P4 is well below the required for some newer games.
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March 23, 2011 1:54:50 AM

I tried a GeForce FX 5700 Ultra with a Pentium 4.
Simply put, running Combat Arms at low settings, 800x600, Forcing Pixel Shader 1.0, Forcing Vertex Shader 1.0, removing textures, overclocking, and shutting off any other programs, I couldn't run 20 fps stable.
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March 23, 2011 12:10:12 PM

Best answer selected by deadmad7.
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