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August 15, 2011 6:15:47 PM

I was wondering if my computer is in a bottleneck configuration right now.

Here are specs:

AMD phenom x4 965 3.4ghz
4gb ddr2 ram 800mhz (2 sticks of 2 gb)
Pny 9800gt 1gb
two 7,200 rpm hdd
-300gb (OS)
-1tb
500w cooler master psu
windows vista home premium 32 bit

23 inch acer 1080p monitor dvi.

mobo: gigabyte ma78lm-s2h
here is CPU cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I have one intake fan 120mm on side of case.


So are any of the components Bottlenecking?
I did the windows index, and got 5.9 for all, since it's vista 5.9 is max.

Thank you for your feedback.


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August 15, 2011 6:32:27 PM

so do you own this computer or are you buying this computer or are you wanting to upgrade it. vista puts most hardrives that are not solid state at 5.9. I think your bottleneck on the computer is your video card. And your 32bit OS cant recognize all of your ram. So are you asking what to upgrade or what is your question?
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August 15, 2011 7:07:22 PM

This is the computer I own currently, and I was asking if any of the part were bottlenecking the system.

32 bit OS can recognize max of 4gb, so it recognizes all of it!

I understand the ram is bit crap, and I wanted to upgrade the GPU to GTX 460, which would balance it very much, but the ram would still be bad.
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August 15, 2011 7:35:31 PM

For sure you could upgrade the graphics card and get better gaming performance. I was running a Phenom 2 X3 with a 9800GT 1GB card and I went to the GTX 460 1 GB and noticed a substantial improvement in gaming graphics (I could run up the details and AA while still getting good FPS on 1920 by 1080)
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August 15, 2011 8:24:24 PM

DEY123 said:
For sure you could upgrade the graphics card and get better gaming performance. I was running a Phenom 2 X3 with a 9800GT 1GB card and I went to the GTX 460 1 GB and noticed a substantial improvement in gaming graphics (I could run up the details and AA while still getting good FPS on 1920 by 1080)



Ah YES YES, How many FPS do you get in some games, I just want to make sure, I know there are benches out there, but I want to hear it from a person with almost same setup.

also which GTX 460 did you get? EVGA, MSI, PNY?
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August 15, 2011 9:03:18 PM

Well I guess I was wrong thought I read 32 bit only recognized 3.5GB of ram but oh well. I would probably upgrade GPU and start saving for a new computer in about a year or 2 from now. you could upgrade the mobo and ram as well. so you could do a $175 upgrade or ram mobo and gpu so you can just upgrade to a bulldozer next year.
gtx 460 gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 165
mobo am3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140
ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49
total 165 or 354
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August 15, 2011 9:06:04 PM

jackspeed said:
Well I guess I was wrong thought I read 32 bit only recognized 3.5GB of ram but oh well. I would probably upgrade GPU and start saving for a new computer in about a year or 2 from now. you could upgrade the mobo and ram as well. so you could do a $175 upgrade or ram mobo and gpu so you can just upgrade to a bulldozer next year.
gtx 460 gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 165
mobo am3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140
ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49
total 165 or 354



dang thats a lot!
I don't need to play crysis max at 2000000k resolution. lol
I know it's 50 year proof but still not enough bank.
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August 15, 2011 9:10:13 PM

I know its a pretty penny. So do you have the 165 for the gpu or are we talking about a downgrade on the gtx 460? a step down is the 6790 for 140 ish
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August 15, 2011 9:18:26 PM

jackspeed said:
I know its a pretty penny. So do you have the 165 for the gpu or are we talking about a downgrade on the gtx 460? a step down is the 6790 for 140 ish



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

This has more power and much cheaper.

This is ASUS:
Core Clock
675MHz

Shader Clock
1350MHz

Stream Processors
336 Processor Cores



This is the EVGA one I have up there:
Core Clock
720MHz

Shader Clock
1440MHz

Stream Processors
336 Processor Cores

Its more powerful yet cheaper, I don't get it.
Plus EVGAs are really good at GPUs.
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August 15, 2011 9:19:04 PM

Also, Do you think black friday will have cheaper prices for these cards?
I want to get it cheaper.
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August 15, 2011 9:22:04 PM

I don't know if it will have the 460 cheaper but some card in that price range will be cheaper or discounted may have to wait until cyber monday though.
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August 15, 2011 9:29:08 PM

Sweet, I only have 500w PSU, so nothing like ATI over 9000!, but I never go ATI only NVIDIA!!

Isn't cyber monday the monday after black friday?
And cyber monday is only online stuff right?
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August 22, 2011 12:18:01 AM

Best answer selected by Aregvan.
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