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GTX 550 Ti Bottle necking?

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June 8, 2011 9:25:35 PM

So I've been getting alot of people I know saying that I might bottle neck when I play games with my new GTX 550Ti. My question is will I playing Crysis 2 on high and such and/or main-steam FPS games like it.

My Specs:
4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
AMD Phenom X2 @ 3.2GHz w/ 6MB l3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache
500 Watt PSU
250 GB 7.2k RPM HDD
2 Heat sinks, 4 Stock fans

Reference links:
Graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 9:39:08 PM

What resolution are you using?
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June 8, 2011 9:43:12 PM

I would perferr 1280x720 but I am currently have an obscure-ish screen so I'm running 1280x1024
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 9:45:46 PM

At that resolution the CPU is going to be the limiting factor.
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June 8, 2011 9:46:44 PM

What would be a reasonable CPU Upgrade then?
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 9:48:40 PM

Get a better monitor first, then worry about the CPU.
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June 8, 2011 9:59:58 PM

Recommended Resolution?
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 10:10:45 PM

1920 x 1080, you can always turn the res down if need be but chances are you won't have to.
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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2011 6:23:02 AM

Upgrade Monitor.

CPU is so-so, try unlocking cores then try or overclocking if you can't.

That CPU at a good OC (4.0GHz shouldn't be too hard) or unlocked to a quad core shouldn't bottleneck you at 1920x1080 (or even 1680x1050) in most games (some need more than a dual core).

The GTX 550 Ti is alright, but will bottleneck that rig on a decent resolution.

Feel free to post any ideas for parts you're interested in getting.
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June 9, 2011 6:29:07 AM

Can your board unlock cpu cores? Does it have acc?
You might be able to "upgrade" your cpu by simply unlocking a cpu core or two and then testing it with some benchmarks to make sure the unlocked core/cores are stable.

Most phenomII x2's unlocked to a tri-core, and a few to a quad core, usually you need to bump the voltage up a bit and have a good cooler.

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