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Core 2 Duo E7400 possible bottleneck?

Hello,I've decided to purchase Asus Geforce GTX 560Ti 1GB. I'm a little concerned if my processor will bottleneck the gpu.Here are the specs-
GA G31M ES2L MOBO
Intel core 2 duo E7400 @ 3.3GHz
3GB DDR2 RAM
Will be playing crysis, metro 2033, Gta 4, Battlefield 3 and the likes @ 1366x768 resolution.Thanks.
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  1. At that low resolution there will be some CPU bottleneck but you should be able to max out those games anyway.
  2. Agree, no issues at that resolution and just keep AA off since it uses more CPU power as well.

    I use a desktop gadget gives you an idea of what CPU usage is during game play, you can also use GPU monitor.

    http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=587ef54f-e121-418b-b258-e583e105a0d6

    http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=65daf803-c01f-43dd-bc61-4ddc9c8a9736&bt=1&pl=1
  3. billj214 said:
    Agree, no issues at that resolution and just keep AA off since it uses more CPU power as well.

    I use a desktop gadget gives you an idea of what CPU usage is during game play, you can also use GPU monitor.

    http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=587ef54f-e121-418b-b258-e583e105a0d6

    http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=65daf803-c01f-43dd-bc61-4ddc9c8a9736&bt=1&pl=1

    Thanks and shouldn't i increase the AA And AF so as to make the card work more and prevent any possible situations of bottleneck? I saw somewhere that these are handled mostly by the gpu.
  4. simon12 said:
    At that low resolution there will be some CPU bottleneck but you should be able to max out those games anyway.

    Including AA & AF no? There's just no point in purchasing this high end card if i can't the eye candy offered by these games. Will there really be any terrible drop in frame rate if i turn them on? I'm quite good at any fps above 40 but not below it. What do you think how much frame rate would i get as per my current configuration?
  5. I really don't even think there will be much of a bottle neck but if there was and you don't want to upgrade your whole system then just plan on testing things out and disable AA if there is any slowdown at all. Honestly I never use AA since I can't tell the difference and I have a GTX580.

    You should get the card you want and even if it's a little bottle necked you can upgrade the system later but your GPU will still be badass.
  6. GTA4 definitely performs poorly on anything less than a quadcore. But it does not benefit from more than four either.I also heard that Battlefield 3 will be able to utilize more than four cores. So, your dual core will be a bottleneck. At this point, a fast quadcore is the best choice for gaming.
  7. billj214 said:
    I really don't even think there will be much of a bottle neck but if there was and you don't want to upgrade your whole system then just plan on testing things out and disable AA if there is any slowdown at all. Honestly I never use AA since I can't tell the difference and I have a GTX580.

    You should get the card you want and even if it's a little bottle necked you can upgrade the system later but your GPU will still be badass.

    Thanks. That quite good to hear. :)
  8. yyk71200 said:
    GTA4 definitely performs poorly on anything less than a quadcore. But it does not benefit from more than four either.I also heard that Battlefield 3 will be able to utilize more than four cores. So, your dual core will be a bottleneck. At this point, a fast quadcore is the best choice for gaming.

    Okay but how much bottleneck? Any ideas? I'm not hoping for any wonders like 70-80 fps all the time, around 40-50 would be fine. Will my machine be able to provide that much?
  9. perplexahedron said:
    Okay but how much bottleneck? Any ideas? I'm not hoping for any wonders like 70-80 fps all the time, around 40-50 would be fine. Will my machine be able to provide that much?

    For GTA4 dual core, I really don't think so. This one is prety old, but will give you an idea plus it has CPUs of the same generation as yours: http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,669595/GTA-4-PC-CPU-benchmark-review-with-13-processors/Reviews/?page=2
  10. yyk71200 said:
    For GTA4 dual core, I really don't think so. This one is prety old, but will give you an idea plus it has CPUs of the same generation as yours: http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,669595/GTA-4-PC-CPU-benchmark-review-with-13-processors/Reviews/?page=2

    After seeing that benchmark, i don't think it can even reach an average of 25fps. :(
  11. The crippled Wolfdales (the E7200 and E6500 CPU series) were great for building relatively inexpensive systems, but they were never intended as high end gaming chips.
  12. jsc, yes they were high end gaming CPU's when they came out over six years ago!
  13. Okay guys, let's keep GTA IV aside. Let's get on to the other mentioned ones. What do you think how much fps I'd be getting on those games mentioned in first post on high settings w/ atleast 2x AA and 8xAF ?
  14. Best answer
    Some charts to look at and an old article but for 2009 your CPU was still very nice.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-gaming-cpu,review-31640.html

    Good article here except it does't show what the CPU performance is with AA off, but with all settings on high you will probably be CPU bottle necked.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2737.html

    CPU Hierarchy chart lists your CPU in this order:
    Core 2 Extreme X6800
    Core 2 Quad Q8200
    Core 2 Duo E8300, E8200, E8190, E7500, E7400, E6850, E6750
    Pentium G620

    GTX 560 Ti
    Minimum System Requirements:
    PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
    Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors
    A minimum 500W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 30A)4
    Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP class processor or higher
    200MB of available hard disk space
    2GB system memory (4GB recommended)
    Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Operating System (32 or 64-bit)
    DVD-ROM drive for installation
    DVI or HDMI or VGA compatible monitor
  15. Now what do you mean by this- "PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0- compliant motherboard with
    one dual-width x16 graphics
    slot" especially the dual-width thing?
    Isn't my motherboard compatible with the card? I've a PCI-E x16 slot currently occupied by a radeon 4350. I have seen a guy using the same mobo as mine and running EVGA GTX 570.
  16. a PCIE 1 x 16 slot is the same as a PCIE 2 x 16 slot only using 8 lanes so there will be a few % (no more than 3 or 4) performance loss.
  17. Best answer selected by Perplexahedron.
  18. Ok guys, card arrived. But that dealer only has low end local PSU's. Suggest me a good PSU guys (preferably <=55$) for it. :)
  19. My recommendations, either of these will work fine with your setup.

    Corsair 500w $49 after rebate, free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
    Corsair 600w $59 after rebate, $2 shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
  20. Also do not attempt to run your graphics card with a low end power supply, you may damage it and your computer.
  21. despite it's 3 years old it is still had plenty of single thread horse power. for game are mostly console ported these day which powerful cpu aint taking much of advantage because the lack of use physics/geometric lighting/smart AI. unless it's the game like crysis2/metro2033/gta4/rage or else it is hard to need any processor that's above athlon 240/e5200. plus amd still yet cant beat these old core 2 in single thread performance. if developer decide to take huge leap on hardware requirement and make i7 2600k/i7 990x as recommend processor it would be the end for amd and console market......
  22. billj214 said:
    My recommendations, either of these will work fine with your setup.

    Corsair 500w $49 after rebate, free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
    Corsair 600w $59 after rebate, $2 shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028


    These look good and under budget too.. By the way, do you know about any CoolerMaster Version under the mentioned price range?? Its just that Corsair isn't much popular here and may take a little bit more time to get shipped whereas Coolermaster is readily available here..
    Thanks
  23. vlad-miami said:
    In general the answer is YES. The CPU is weaker than your card. For gaming purposes I would recommend to have at least quad core processor.


    Yeah but it won't be that slow right? I can tolerate little bit.. Besides, I can always upgrade if the need arise..
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