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Processor for Sapphire HD 3850 without bottle necking

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July 22, 2012 10:25:32 PM

Hi,

I have recently put a Sapphire HD 3850 AGP in my pc but am experiencing bottle necking. My specs:

AMD Athlon XP 2600+ @ 1.92 GHZ
650W PSU
Soundblaster Live! Digital 5.1

What processor is the minimum that would not cause bottle necking with the video card?

Thanks,
Tim

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July 22, 2012 10:44:07 PM

Well for that graphics card even an Athlon 64 X2 will be plenty.For a minimum i'd say Intel Pentium G540/AMD Athlon ii X2 240.Basicly any dual core thats not a Pentium D will do.

The problem with your PC is that if you upgrade to a new CPU you cant use the graphics card, so your only option is overclocking.You could reach 2.2 GHz without any additional cooling.But thats not nearly enough to fix the bottleneck issue.
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July 22, 2012 10:46:54 PM

You're not experiencing bottlenecking, you're experiencing the effects of using 10 year old hardware
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July 22, 2012 10:57:59 PM

^+1

Plus, any current hardware won't support your 3850. AGP is old.
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July 22, 2012 11:07:06 PM

Even the best Socket A/462 CPU that you can buy isn't really good enough. Time for new hardware, my friend.
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July 23, 2012 8:08:52 AM

Kamen_BG said:
Well for that graphics card even an Athlon 64 X2 will be plenty.For a minimum i'd say Intel Pentium G540/AMD Athlon ii X2 240.Basicly any dual core thats not a Pentium D will do.

The problem with your PC is that if you upgrade to a new CPU you cant use the graphics card, so your only option is overclocking.You could reach 2.2 GHz without any additional cooling.But thats not nearly enough to fix the bottleneck issue.



Why wouldn't I be able to use it with another CPU and motherboard (with AGP)?
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July 23, 2012 8:17:46 AM

Because most mobo that support a faster CPU don't have AGP slot. They will be rare/expensive.
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July 23, 2012 8:38:29 AM

Would Dual Xeon (Prestonia) @ 2.8 GHZ be good enough. I found a cheap motherboard that has AGP that I can get.
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July 23, 2012 8:42:24 AM

No. The CPU would still be terrible compared with C2D, even if there are 2 of them (those Xeon are Northwood).
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July 23, 2012 8:43:17 AM

if u wanna preserve your gpu, give it to the smithsonian
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July 23, 2012 10:19:48 AM

Pyree said:
Maybe this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASRock-Penryn1600SLI-110dB-77...

Then you need a CPU, also RAM? (I guess your old mobo use DDR). I am not sure if the upgrade is worth it.



It doesn't have AGP.

The one I found have AGP but I wanted to know if the processors will bottleneck the card. Is the second one going to bottleneck? (Athlon 64 I think, the links there anyway).
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July 23, 2012 10:28:37 AM

Right, sorry, I didn't check the board and just go with the seller's description.

Let's search again.
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July 23, 2012 11:36:34 AM

I think the faster clock Athlon x2 are ok.

I am torn between whether to help you further to upgrade a dead end or yell at you to get a new build.
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July 23, 2012 11:50:28 AM

Pyree said:
I think the faster clock Athlon x2 are ok.

I am torn between whether to help you further to upgrade a dead end or yell at you to get a new build.


Thanks for all your help.

I will be building a new pc soon.
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July 28, 2012 4:56:33 PM

Pyree said:
I think the faster clock Athlon x2 are ok.

I am torn between whether to help you further to upgrade a dead end or yell at you to get a new build.



Is Pentium D 2.8GHZ ok?

If not, what is the minimum Intel. I can upgrade to Core 2 Duo (or Core 2 Quad/Extreme if I really wanted to).
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July 28, 2012 7:49:07 PM

If you're going to upgrade you should upgrade to something that's current tech. If you upgrade to something that's 4-6 years old right now you're going to want to upgrade again in 2 years. Add all those marginal costs up and it will exceed that of a new computer all together.
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August 6, 2012 4:56:11 PM

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