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GTX 550 Ti + Core 2 Duo E4500?

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April 26, 2012 3:39:50 AM

I have an mid-end video card Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti, but my friend explain to use this video card it must have an 2.8 GHz CPU clock speed and 4 GB RAM (DDR2 recommended), he said if I use GTX 550 Ti in Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2 GHz it doesn't balanced otherwise some component was damaged. He's also telling that his friend PCs was broken due mid-end/high-end GPU usages. Is okay I use GTX 550 Ti in 2.2 GHz? I was not understand and confused

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April 26, 2012 5:19:12 AM
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That CPU will be fine with a 550ti

You may find in some games that your performance suffers due to the weaker CPU but you will be able to utilize the 550ti just fine.

A computer doesn't be come "broken" just because the CPU bottlenecks the GPU; the bottle neck just prevents you from reaching higher frame rates at higher game settings.

In my experience, the resolution at which you're trying to play has the greatest effect on your games performance on the hardware; although your mileage will vary depending on the game.
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April 26, 2012 5:26:36 AM

The only thing that could damage your PC in that scenario is if your PSU's 12v rail isn't strong enough to power the video card. It's a good bet this is what happened to the friend you're talking about.
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April 26, 2012 5:26:45 AM

Ah, thanks for explain me quickly.....
April 26, 2012 5:35:07 AM

quilciri said:
The only thing that could damage your PC in that scenario is if your PSU's 12v rail isn't strong enough to power the video card. It's a good bet this is what happened to the friend you're talking about.

Hmm... You right but, I also had use my GTX 550 Ti with cheapos PSU was work fine, after that my GTX 550 Ti borrowed to my friend and he gave me an GT 220 because he more attracted with good video card, later after I bought new modular PSU Thermaltake EVO_Blue (but actually they are old product and it looking good). Later after I bought new PSU, I tell to my friend when my GTX 550 Ti back to my PC then he said he will returning my GTX 550 Ti until he bought new video card however his PC broken. Maybe I think his PC broken because the power supply due it doesn't strong enough to powering my GTX 550 Ti (because my friend forgot thinking the power supply). And his power supply was cheapo PSU (I had saw it before).
April 26, 2012 5:42:02 AM

bobusboy said:
That CPU will be fine with a 550ti

You may find in some games that your performance suffers due to the weaker CPU but you will be able to utilize the 550ti just fine.

A computer doesn't be come "broken" just because the CPU bottlenecks the GPU; the bottle neck just prevents you from reaching higher frame rates at higher game settings.

In my experience, the resolution at which you're trying to play has the greatest effect on your games performance on the hardware; although your mileage will vary depending on the game.

I had feel the bottleneck when I play Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the FPS too low even though low setting. But I play the NFS:Shift the FPS was okay (18-24 FPS) in high setting. I think he forgot to explain the bottleneck.
April 26, 2012 5:42:22 AM

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