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Amd 3700 cpu bottleneck

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April 13, 2011 7:26:17 AM

I have a AMD 3700 sckt939 @ 2.2(can't oc), and I was wondering if I should get a 4670 instead of a 4830 because of stuttering. I've read that having a GPU that is significantly faster than your CPU can cause that. Should I just get the slower card?

Also everything else in my system(crap) is fine including PSU, it's just that my previous card, an 8600gt, stopped working which is why I'm looking for a new one.

Thanks for any help
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April 13, 2011 8:59:52 AM

Either card should work fine but the HD4830 would be more bottlenecked but should still give better performance if the resolution is high enough.
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April 13, 2011 1:40:12 PM

There are 5670's for close to the 4670 price. It would be a better upgrade.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your CPU is going to hold you back if gaming is your intent. If you are a gamer I'd start looking at a total system replacement. Just get a card to hold you over. What brand is your 8600GT? Is it under warranty? Some of those Nvidia cards have lifetime warranties.
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April 14, 2011 12:08:59 AM

rolli59 said:
Either card should work fine but the HD4830 would be more bottlenecked but should still give better performance if the resolution is high enough.



The native resolution of my monitor is 1024x768, though I used to lower it to get better frame rates. Do you think I'm better off with the weaker card?
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April 14, 2011 12:16:20 AM

jay2tall said:
There are 5670's for close to the 4670 price. It would be a better upgrade.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your CPU is going to hold you back if gaming is your intent. If you are a gamer I'd start looking at a total system replacement. Just get a card to hold you over. What brand is your 8600GT? Is it under warranty? Some of those Nvidia cards have lifetime warranties.




The capacitors blew in my XFX card and I hadn't registered the card within their damn 30 day period. I do plan on getting a new system but, I can't just stop gaming cold turkey, who knows what could happen....... :) 

Do you think I'll get any stuttering with either card?

PS: My mobo will not support 2.1, that's why I'm going with 4000 series.
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April 14, 2011 3:59:35 AM

manco said:
The native resolution of my monitor is 1024x768, though I used to lower it to get better frame rates. Do you think I'm better off with the weaker card?

With that resolution I would just buy the cheaper card, either will handle it fine.
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April 14, 2011 9:05:55 AM

rolli59 said:
With that resolution I would just buy the cheaper card, either will handle it fine.



Is there anything wrong with this card?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I ask because it's cheaper than a card that is supposed to be slower, which leads me to believe that it may be underclocked or messed up in some form.
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April 14, 2011 9:25:53 AM

Nothing except I have heard different things about the brand Diablotek (budget brand).
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April 14, 2011 9:57:46 AM

rolli59 said:
Nothing except I have heard different things about the brand Diablotek (budget brand).




Do you know if my previous card was held back by my CPU?
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April 14, 2011 10:17:31 AM

8600GT should have been a good match to the 3700+. I used to have 6800 with a 3200+ and the 8600GT was pretty equal in performance with 6800Ultra and 7600GT.
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April 14, 2011 10:28:31 AM

rolli59 said:
8600GT should have been a good match to the 3700+. I used to have 6800 with a 3200+ and the 8600GT was pretty equal in performance with 6800Ultra and 7600GT.



Last question then: Is this a good card to buy?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for your help.
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April 14, 2011 11:15:26 AM




My last card was XFX, it died because a couple of caps exploded(they used cheap caps) and they refused my warranty because I hadn't registered on time. I should've done my homework but even so, I don't think I will buy anything from them for some time if ever.
Entertaining your proposal though, would bring me back to the bottleneck issue because I've read that the 240 is only slightly better than the 4670. What would be the point of getting that card if my CPU is holding me back?
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April 14, 2011 11:49:41 AM

The HIS card is good but that is a great deal on the XFX card that iam2thecrowe linked to. All you have to do is register with in 30days to get your dual lifetime warranty as is stated on their packaging and warranty documentation!
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April 14, 2011 9:05:06 PM




Trust me jay when I say I've looked at the 5000 series closely. That card you linked was the card I originally wanted, but my mobo will not work with PCI 2.1 cards.


Everyone is recommending the faster cards and I understand that, but it doesn't seem like they will make a difference at my meager resolution. Unless of course I'm not properly understanding this bottleneck issue.
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