Will my PENTIUM 4 processor bottleneck my Radeon HD 5770?

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 -

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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  1. But how bad will it be?
  2. Pretty low, at 1280x1024.
  3. Really? But i see people playing Crysis 2 with a Pentium 4 @ 3.0 ghz & HD3850AGP and its not all that bad :(
  4. 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.
  5. What kind of hardware do you guys recommend? Which processor and how many Gigs of ram would i need to max out almost everything?
  6. 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. :)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Best answer selected by deadmad7.
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