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April 25, 2011 5:45:52 AM

I want to buy a new graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
I want to know whether my PC perform at its fullest or will it be bottlenecked??
My Specs Are
Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo 2.83 GHZ
Motherboard-Intel DG31Pr

Will the graphics card work to its fullest?

I will run games like Crysis and all in 1600*900 res with high settings...

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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2011 6:47:33 AM

your cpu may be a bottleneck,and your ram is also weak.better off buying a new ddr2 2gb stick and overclock your cpu above 3ghz.
or you can go with a very nice and cheap gfx solution,
radeon hd 5850 extreme are at newegg for only 139$.it performs nearly 2-4 fps lower than a 6870.
good luck!
a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2011 10:29:53 AM

What's your current GPU? The only bottleneck I can see right now is the RAM, which you'll probably want to upgrade to 4 GB. What model is the Core 2 Duo in your PC? Also, does your PSU have the necessary 6-pin power connector?

You can play most games at high settings at 1600x900 using the 6870.
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April 25, 2011 10:45:44 AM

i currently have no gpu :non:  and yes my psu has a 6 pin power connector.. :D 
model of the core 2 duo is E7500...

Do i need to upgrade my ram only ?? and then every thing will work fine??
a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2011 11:46:53 AM

yes, you only have to upgrade your ram.your cpu is nice and can hold that card .can you overclock your cpu a little. Does your mobo allow you to overclock

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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2011 1:24:44 AM

No, I meant that in addition to upgrading your GPU, I suggest also buying a second 2GB RAM module.

Now, I will assume for a while that you run Windows Vista/7. Windows by itself will consume 700 MB-1GB of RAM at startup (mine consumes 1.3 GB, but I think that's because I now have 8GB RAM). Open a browser, that adds 50 MB. Open a game, that's easily 800 MB - 1.5 GB. You can see how fast your 2 GB of RAM will bottleneck your system. You will notice this when it comes to loading new areas, where the game will hang up for a second and smoothen out again. Your game load times will also take a hit while Windows is freeing up some memory for your game.

4 GB should be more than enough. Even with 20 browser tabs, a media player, and a game, you wouldn't be able to use all 4 GB.

So recap: It's OK if you don't upgrade the RAM, but I highly suggest you do. It'll help with system responsiveness even outside of games. The CPU you currently have is a good one, so I don't think we have a problem there. It might bottleneck since you're playing at 1600x900, but it'll give you smooth framerates with the 6870 even at high settings.
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2011 9:27:55 AM

Personally I would say both your cpu and Ram will hold you back, You should upgrade to 4gb ram and possible a better CPU such a AMD 955 or Intel I5 2500K.
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2011 12:56:41 PM

Your CPU is fine.I agree with others on the RAM issue, 4GB RAM is good for a better overall PC experience.Crysis will run fine on a Core 2 Duo with a HD 6870 as its GPU intensive.
April 29, 2011 12:46:38 PM

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a c 320 U Graphics card
April 29, 2011 12:52:37 PM

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