I'm thinking of purchasing a XFX Radeon HD5870 for $100 off of Kijiji locally and would it severely bottleneck playing COD Modern Warfare2 and 3 on a 1680x1050 resolution on medium-max settings with my current AMD Phenom X3 8400 processor and 4 Gigs of DDR2 800Mhz of Ram? Thank you for all responses.
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Pretty big. Why not upgrade the cpu while you still can? The Phenom II X4's are disappearing fast.
+1^ But the card should be fine for that resolution. Try it out, and if you feel the need later, upgrade to a PHII X4 or even an AthII X4. You might be surprised since the GPU does most of the work in games.