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Phenom II X2 545 Processor 3.00 GHz bottleneck 560 Ti

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February 10, 2012 6:59:00 PM

I have a roughly 3 year old Phenom II X2 545 3.00 GHz dual core processor. I'm thinking about upgrading my video card to a 560 Ti.

Would the processor bottleneck the 560 Ti, and if so, how much? I mostly play Skyrim and a little bit of Battlefield 3, so that's what I'm concerned about.

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February 10, 2012 7:04:20 PM

It also depends on your gaming quality and resolution. However Skyrim is only optimized for two threads so your fine. But In order to not bottleneck high end cards it is best to use a quad core CPU. Also, I would hold off on the 560 Ti. Kepler and Radeon 7800 series is right around the corner. They offer better performance at the same price range.
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February 10, 2012 7:06:37 PM

Hard to say exactly what that setup would do, but I'd expect some significant bottlenecks from that CPU, especially with Skyrim. Is it a black edition cpu?

Assuming you have a socket AM2+/AM3 motherboard, I'd recommend picking up a phenom 960T for ~$125, a Hyper 212+/evo cpu cooler ($30/$35), and overclocking that to 4 GHz or so, which should help remove CPU bottlenecks.

:edit: Don't pay too much attention to the absolute fps numbers in tomshardware benchmarks of Skyrim, though. They didn't use any of the available CPU optimization mods (skyboost/tesval) and so they get pretty bad performance. My 960T, unlocked and OC'd to 4.0 GHz results in minimum framerates in the 40s with 1.3 skyboost (paired with a 7970, 1080p with all settings & AA maxed).
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February 10, 2012 7:06:40 PM

Depedning on your mobo , I would suggest upgrading to a quad also , a Phenom II X4 980, have a look on ebay if you can snatch up a good deal, it would go really well with a 560ti.
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February 10, 2012 7:11:11 PM

monsta said:
Depedning on your mobo , I would suggest upgrading to a quad also , a Phenom II X4 980, have a look on ebay if you can snatch up a good deal, it would go really well with a 560ti.

Actually, a 960T Zosma at $125 would be a better deal in my opinion.
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February 10, 2012 7:26:56 PM

OP you CPU unlock to a Deneb x4 I think so just unlock it and OC it and your all good.
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February 10, 2012 9:00:02 PM

Thanks for all the responses. I decided to upgrade my CPU and purchase the 560 Ti.
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February 10, 2012 9:21:07 PM

Joranj said:
Thanks for all the responses. I decided to upgrade my CPU and purchase the 560 Ti.

what CPU did you pick plus 78xx series will blow away or meet 560ti performance and do it for cheaper.
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