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GTX 570 with Phenom II 955?

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July 29, 2011 2:57:55 AM

Hi all,
I'm planning to upgrade my system's graphics card, probably to a GTX 570. My only concern is that my Phenom II 955 CPU is going to be a bottleneck. It works great with my Radeon 5770 right now, but I don't know if it will be able to keep up with the 570. Any thoughts?

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July 29, 2011 3:31:10 AM

This depends to some degree on the resolution of your monitor .

A high resolution monitor and you will have plenty of processor grunt
and a lower resolution monitor and you will have way too much gfx card
July 29, 2011 5:19:38 AM

I have a 1920x1080 monitor, so it should place most of the load on the GPU. I'll be using it primarily for gaming, and I want to get better performance in some recent high-end games (Witcher 2, Crysis 2, BF:BC2... I only play sequels, apparently) and the ones that will be coming out soon (Battlefield 3, Red Orchestra 2, Deus Ex 3, etc). Glad to hear my trusty ol' CPU will be up to the task. Now I just hope that Nvidia doesn't announce the GTX 600 series two days after I order.
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July 29, 2011 5:42:11 AM

LOL @ sequels

Most people asking for advice on here make the mistake of choosing the most powerful processor they can afford , and skimping on graphics cards .


I found this the other day .
http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page...
All systems running a GTX 580
The processor makes a difference , but its not the critical component of a gaming PC
[ in most games ]
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July 29, 2011 12:48:46 PM

fyi for a benchmark, a little birdie with a BF3 alpha key has told me that the game can be played smoothly on high settings at 1080p (no advanced effects enabled) with a single HD6870.
July 29, 2011 4:19:47 PM

Interesting... did that little birdie happen to mention if the alpha is running DX11 or just DX9?
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July 29, 2011 8:43:32 PM

The really interesting thing for me is that it shows how wasteful it is for a gamer to shell out for a new i5 2500k and motherboard when you can buld an arguably better gaming machine using a Phenom 955 and use the money you save to buy a stronger graphics card
July 31, 2011 1:07:57 AM

Well, I got the card and it's working great. Bad Company 2is buttery smooth at 1080p with max settings. Still can't max out Crysis, but I'm beginning to suspect that Crytek can't max out Crysis, so I'm not too disappointed. Can't wait to see what BF3 has in store. Thanks for the help, everyone!
July 31, 2011 4:23:29 AM

mPiedlourde said:
Hi all,
I'm planning to upgrade my system's graphics card, probably to a GTX 570. My only concern is that my Phenom II 955 CPU is going to be a bottleneck. It works great with my Radeon 5770 right now, but I don't know if it will be able to keep up with the 570. Any thoughts?


Yes, I think that it will. The 955 is a good processor.
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