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Will e5400@3.6Ghz Bottleneck GTX560?

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October 5, 2012 11:27:35 AM

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my specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 2.7GHZ@3.6
DDR3 Kingston 8GB
1TB HDD
G41m-combo
GTX560
October 5, 2012 11:56:31 AM

my friend had an ati 5850 which is pretty much the same in performance. he was using an e5200 overclocked to 3.65ghz and it was a brutal bottleneck on pretty much every modern game. get a quad core and overclock it or just upgrade the whole system.
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October 5, 2012 12:18:03 PM

dubstep why he would have bottleneck ??

yabyyoyoboy: what games you play it depends on that does you Cpu hits 100% while playing games whereas GPU is on lesser usage?
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October 5, 2012 1:17:20 PM

An e5400 is a pretty underpowered processor, even overclocked.
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October 5, 2012 1:43:30 PM

akshayghai29785 said:
dubstep why he would have bottleneck ??

yabyyoyoboy: what games you play it depends on that does you Cpu hits 100% while playing games whereas GPU is on lesser usage?


Well I want to play like GTA IV and BF 3 or maybe crysis.

the settings I want them to be:
GTA IV - 1680x1024 Max settings
BF- 1680x1024 medium to max settings
crysis 1280x1024 medium settings
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October 5, 2012 1:44:39 PM

mavroxur said:
An e5400 is a pretty underpowered processor, even overclocked.


not really. A e5400 overclocked to 3.6 to 4ghz can beat all core 2 duo at stock
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October 5, 2012 1:49:13 PM

In GTA IV i'm sure it will bottleneck a lot.. But with ENB/icenhancer.. I guess not.

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October 5, 2012 1:50:56 PM

Regor245 said:
In GTA IV i'm sure it will bottleneck a lot.. But with ENB/icenhancer.. I guess not.


How does icehancer stop it from bottlenecking?
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October 5, 2012 2:07:57 PM

core2duo has a decent ipc. its the 2 cores that are choking you up. this is a 4 core world. especially with bf3 and gtaIV.
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October 5, 2012 2:10:49 PM

I specifically remember him play battlefield bad company 2 and the CPU graph was at 90-100% while GPU load was hovering around 50%. If that's how it was on BC2 then imagine how bad battlefield 3 will be. Also GTA4 was equally bad.
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October 5, 2012 2:13:30 PM

dubstep said:
I specifically remember him play battlefield bad company 2 and the CPU graph was at 90-100% while GPU load was hovering around 50%. If that's how it was on BC2 then imagine how bad battlefield 3 will be. Also GTA4 was equally bad.

Well the only core I think i can upgrade to with 4 cores is a Intel core 2 quad
I was about to buy a Q6600 quad core? Is this enough for these games?
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October 5, 2012 2:18:43 PM

you could do a lot better than a q6600. there was a whole generation beyond the q6600 that fit into socket 775. also called core2 but with a shrunken die.
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October 5, 2012 2:21:56 PM

neon neophyte said:
you could do a lot better than a q6600. there was a whole generation beyond the q6600 that fit into socket 775. also called core2 but with a shrunken die.


right now i dont wanna upgrade to i5 or i7 yet as I got the motherboard and ram replaced but now its too late :(  so I gotta stick with the LGA775 Socket for now. i might Just buy a stronger cpu then overclock it to the max
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October 5, 2012 2:26:43 PM

no no, you see there were 2 generations of cpus released onto socket 775. it started at 90nm but then another generation came out under 65nm. like a q9400 or something.
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October 5, 2012 2:28:00 PM

neon neophyte said:
no no, you see there were 2 generations of cpus released onto socket 775. it started at 90nm but then another generation came out under 65nm. like a q9400 or something.


So what CPU with socket lga775 do you recommend me?
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October 5, 2012 3:05:13 PM

Something like a Q8400 would be a good start. However check which CPU's your motherboard supports by going to the makers website.
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October 5, 2012 3:17:41 PM

honestly, whatever quadcore you can get cheap. even a q6600. if you can get better like a q8400 or q9400 or better for cheap, get that. i wouldnt invest much more money in that system personally.
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October 5, 2012 3:17:47 PM

The problem is those 775 quad processors are becoming difficult to find thru normal channels.....and the premium ones are bringing more than a motherboard and an i5 would cost. Don't do that.
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October 5, 2012 3:22:19 PM

Yes, Considerably.
Go for a Core 2 Quad or if possible however unlikely, Core 2 Extreme.
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October 5, 2012 5:12:51 PM

X9650 is about the max you can go. It's unlocked and awesome. But yes the price might be high. I found one on ebay a while back for a reasonable price. You have to look around.
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October 7, 2012 11:00:11 AM

well I decided to buy a Q6600 Core 2 Quad but I was wandering is my cpu cooler strong enough? Its A Ice Edge mini FS But It says It support the Core 2 Quad. Would It handle the heat if I overclocked it?
Thanks Guys for all ur replies
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October 7, 2012 3:01:40 PM

probably, only one way to find out though. put it on and slowly increase your fsb and volts while monitoring your temps
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October 9, 2012 11:01:02 AM

neon neophyte said:
probably, only one way to find out though. put it on and slowly increase your fsb and volts while monitoring your temps


Well been overclocking and the temps never past 70c. it stays at about 67c on nearly all 4 cores? is that a safe temp range? to me thats hot as i have never had a quad core and never seen there temps. My old cpu never past 60c at full load
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October 9, 2012 10:32:03 PM

sounds like you are bouncing off your thermal limit. i would put money on the cpu throttling itself. frankly its too warm for that cpu.
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October 10, 2012 4:46:44 AM

neon neophyte said:
sounds like you are bouncing off your thermal limit. i would put money on the cpu throttling itself. frankly its too warm for that cpu.

Thanks for ur reply
I decided to throw out the small heatsink and put a massive one on and now it gets about 60c at full load and about 40c on idle :D 
Right Now Im trying to overclock higher but it would get a BSOD so no idea :pt1cable: 
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October 10, 2012 5:22:45 AM

how many volts are you at?
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October 10, 2012 7:22:26 AM

an e5400 may be old, but with that OC it shouldn't bottleneck a mid line card like the GTX 560 horribly.
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October 10, 2012 9:00:16 AM

neon neophyte said:
how many volts are you at?


im at about 1.4v
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October 10, 2012 5:32:36 PM

1.5v is the max you should even think about pushing a q6600 to. your temps are already as high as i would be comfortable pushing them though. 60 degrees is pretty darn warm for a q6600
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October 11, 2012 10:07:16 AM

neon neophyte said:
1.5v is the max you should even think about pushing a q6600 to. your temps are already as high as i would be comfortable pushing them though. 60 degrees is pretty darn warm for a q6600


Now you kinda changed my mind, so I gave away my core 2 quad q6600 and got a q9300 which seems better which i overclocked to 3.2ghz stable at about 60c. Then I decided to try gta iv with max settings at 1680x1050 and guess wat. The fps was really low about 29-28fps? whats going on? I patched it already and it seems to make no dfference. I usually got about 40fps with my old graphics?
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October 11, 2012 10:29:26 PM

Might have to mess with the settings in your game. Did you get the proper drivers as well?
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October 14, 2012 7:00:54 AM

NoUserBar said:
Might have to mess with the settings in your game. Did you get the proper drivers as well?


Ok i have reinstalled GTA IV and patched it and with everything low i get about 50fps but when maxed i get about 19fps?
Is that normal. I checked my scores in 3dmark and only got about 3700? is that normal?
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October 23, 2012 12:09:13 PM

So to everyone who has ready this, Will the new cpu bottleneck my gtx? Thanks for All ur help
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October 29, 2012 12:15:03 PM

Can Someone tell me now if a q9300 overclocked to 3ghz bottleneck gtx560 in sli?
Thanks
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