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E7400 and hd 6850 at 1080p, bottleneck alert?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 29, 2011 5:51:35 AM

I want to use a hd 6850 with e7400 c2d processor and corsair vx450 PSU.
Would I experience bottleneck if I play at 1080p?????
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 29, 2011 6:55:54 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
Yes in most games your CPU definitely holds your GPU back,upgrading to a quad core(like Q9550 if you want to keep your motherboard) will give you a decent boost in performance
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 29, 2011 7:08:40 AM

at 1080p the 6850 is really a bare minimum. Sure some games run better with a faster CPU, but getting the 6850 for that res is a wise choice regardless what cpu you have. I would even spend some extra on a 6870 for that resolution. You can overclock the snot out of e7400's with a good cooler, so i would do that before upgrading the cpu.
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a b U Graphics card
June 29, 2011 4:30:18 PM

I agree, 6850 is bare minimum for 1080P.

Overclock your cpu and you will not have a bottleneck.
June 29, 2011 11:51:17 PM

that proc is good enough for that gpu. I wouldnt upgrade cpu unless you find 100% load during play and you are not sadisfied anymore.
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 6:49:29 AM

Actually,the CPU limits the performance especially in games that benefit from a quad core CPU such as most RTS games or titles like GTA IV etc. So OC'ng the CPU or getting a quad core CPU will definitely help
June 30, 2011 7:37:31 AM

So can I overclock my e7400 WITHOUT using a cooler? Not much, around 3.2 Ghz.
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 9:02:27 AM

With the stock fan,you'll be limited but still you can achieve a fair result
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 11:49:56 AM

you can overclock as far as you want, just keep your load temperatures below 70C. You can get some good cheap aftermarket coolers now anyway like the coolermaster hyper 212.