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March 26, 2012 12:01:33 AM

SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
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Pentium D 960

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March 26, 2012 12:08:19 AM

Without a doubt, yes.
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March 26, 2012 12:39:01 AM

FYI,
My old computer had an X2-4800+ which gets a Passmark score of roughly 1300. I also had it overclocked by 20% and it was still hitting 80% usage when used with an HD3870.

Your CPU has a score of 929 which basically would have even bottlenecked my HD3870.

The HD6870 is a far, far better card than the HD3870.

*On the other hand, your CPU is inadequate by itself for most modern games.

My advice is to either:

1) get an HD6770 and find games that run okay with that (try Deus Ex #1, for example, Sam&Max... )

2) Buy an even CHEAPER HD6xxx card for its hardware acceleration (flash video on internet, stored videos). For videos, use K-Lite Standard codec pack and enable "DXVA" and "H.264" and MPEG2" in the MPC-HC video player that comes with it under "Options"-> "Internal filter" (if you didn't check this during setup).

3) buy a new computer.

*I put a $30 AMD HD6450 in my sisters computer. Her old CPU under XP ran at 95% playing 1080p and couldn't do full BluRay at all. It can do full BluRay now and I think usage dropped to 25% for other 1080p video.
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March 26, 2012 2:41:45 AM

thanks for the reply. Some of it was a little over my head, but very educational

One more question: what's the cheapest CPU that won't bottleneck the radeon hd 6870?
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March 26, 2012 2:44:32 AM

kangaroo4321 said:
thanks for the reply. Some of it was a little over my head, but very educational

One more question: what's the cheapest CPU that won't bottleneck the radeon hd 6870?
Intel Celeron G530
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March 26, 2012 2:49:09 AM

...and that won't work with my current motherboard, will it? :(  Can you recommend a motherboard?

Also, I notice the Ghz is lower than the Pentium d 960. Are you sure it'll work?
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March 26, 2012 2:55:01 AM

Wikipedia seems to think the celerons suck. It doesn't have to be *that* cheap lol. I guess I meant like the 6870's equivalent processor. This is all because im looking to play that game oblivion, so if im on the wrong track let me know.
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March 26, 2012 3:15:27 AM

kangaroo4321 said:
...and that won't work with my current motherboard, will it? :(  Can you recommend a motherboard?

Also, I notice the Ghz is lower than the Pentium d 960. Are you sure it'll work?
Frequency = nothing. It's all about the IPC and the architecture. Sandy Bridge excels in both areas.
Intel Pentium G860
Intel Core i3-2120
Both of these CPUs will yield a bit more performance.

kangaroo4321 said:
Wikipedia seems to think the celerons suck. It doesn't have to be *that* cheap lol. I guess I meant like the 6870's equivalent processor. This is all because im looking to play that game oblivion, so if im on the wrong track let me know.
That was until Sandy Bridge. Celerons are a wide variety of CPUs. You can't just say that something sucks without evidence.
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March 26, 2012 3:36:49 AM

Yes. It will even bottleneck low powered cards like the 6570 or the 6670.
Your CPU is from 2006, time to upgrade??

Not to mention it's a power hungry, loud card. Your PSU will most likely not support it.
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March 26, 2012 3:43:00 AM

Hey I'm new at this. Plus I think pentium d is the highest my motherboard will accept. Guess i need a new computer.
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March 26, 2012 3:50:41 AM

Wait, last question, I swear.

Will the pentium d 960 bottleneck an ATI radeon x1900 XT?
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March 26, 2012 3:53:54 AM

kangaroo4321 said:
Wait, last question, I swear.

Will the pentium d 960 bottleneck an ATI radeon x1900 XT?
Based on the reviews, no.
But it won't run any modern games at playable frame rates.

EDIT: Actually, it might. But it requires a 450w PSU+ and it's price is equal to building another PC.
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March 26, 2012 6:37:40 AM

FYI, you picked an HD3870 X2 which is a dual-GPU HD3870 when I told you even a single HD3870 would bottleneck your CPU. It's also quite old.

You should stick with the HD6770.

You seem to picking OLD video cards. Why? There's no point. An HD6770 will bottleneck your CPU sure, but it's roughly $100, will use less power than similar older cards, is up to date and has features such as HARDWARE ACCELERATION of AVC, MPEG2 and VC-1 video.

I really don't know how to recommend a better card for you if you keep that setup.
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