Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Looking to upgrade 4870 1GB (with E8600)

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
March 27, 2011 6:36:21 PM

Hi all. I did a lot of searching around before posting and couldn't really find the answer.

Basically I'm looking to play Crysis 2 at max settings, 1920x1080 resolution and get around 60 FPS. Right now I'm getting around 20-25 FPS.

My setup:

E8600 (not overclocked)
4870 1GB
4GB RAM
Windows 7 64 bit
1000W PSU

Would upgrading the video card give me a good boost? What would be my best bet with my E8600?

Thanks for any input. :) 

More about : upgrade 4870 1gb e8600

a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:40:19 PM

OC the E8600 first. The problem your going to have is if you buy a card with high enough performance increase from the 4870 you have, it will just be restricted by your cpu.
m
0
l
March 27, 2011 6:51:23 PM

Embra said:
OC the E8600 first. The problem your going to have is if you buy a card with high enough performance increase from the 4870 you have, it will just be restricted by your cpu.


Thanks, I will try that. So if I go with say a 6950 my CPU would be a bottleneck? Would I see any improvement?
m
0
l
Related resources
a c 130 U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:56:58 PM

Embra said:
OC the E8600 first. The problem your going to have is if you buy a card with high enough performance increase from the 4870 you have, it will just be restricted by your cpu.




That is not true. That CPU can handle all a 5850 and more can throw at it.

Mactronix :) 
m
0
l
a c 130 U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 7:07:41 PM

Sycle said:
Thanks, I will try that. So if I go with say a 6950 my CPU would be a bottleneck? Would I see any improvement?



No it wont and yes you will see a decent improvement. Percentages don't really tell a true story but for this they will have to do,
the 6950 is about 40-45% better/faster than a 4870, if you get a 2GB card then you have the option of trying to flash the bios to a 6970 as well.

A better CPU will give you better performance, that would be a little dependant on the game as well but your CPU certainly wont restrict the performance that much.

Take a look here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588...


Mactronix :) 
m
0
l
March 27, 2011 7:26:21 PM

mactronix said:
No it wont and yes you will see a decent improvement. Percentages don't really tell a true story but for this they will have to do,
the 6950 is about 40-45% better/faster than a 4870, if you get a 2GB card then you have the option of trying to flash the bios to a 6970 as well.

A better CPU will give you better performance, that would be a little dependant on the game as well but your CPU certainly wont restrict the performance that much.

Take a look here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588...


Mactronix :) 


Thanks, Mactronix.

Update - I've OC'd the E8600 to 4 GHz and did not see any improvement (using FRAPS). So I assume at this point the video card is the bottleneck. I think I might just go with the 6950 2GB and see how it goes. :) 
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 7:37:51 PM

Well there you go, that is what I suggested to try first. Make sure it is stable and not running too hot under load.
m
0
l
March 27, 2011 7:43:26 PM

Embra said:
Well there you go, that is what I suggested to try first. Make sure it is stable and not running too hot under load.


No worries, Embra. I appreciate your help and now I'm running at 4 GHz which is a plus. :) 
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 8:27:28 PM

That is fantastic, just watch your temps. ;) 
m
0
l
March 28, 2011 12:11:55 AM

Update 2 - I went out and got a 6970 and my FPS at 1920 x 1080 with extreme settings went up to around 60-75.

So upgrading from a 4870 to a 6970 with an older Core 2 Duo E8600 CPU netted me about a 40-50 FPS gain in Crysis 2. I'm happy. :) 
m
0
l
a c 130 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 7:18:07 PM

Glad I could help

Mactronix :) 
m
0
l
March 30, 2011 3:12:58 AM

hey scyle can i ask a question
m
0
l
April 8, 2011 7:43:15 PM

balthalzar said:
hey scyle can i ask a question


Sure, what is the question?
m
0
l
!