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Will my crappy processor bottleneck a HD 7850?

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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 9:33:31 AM

Hi guys, I've decided with a HD 7850 to play battlefield 3. My computer is fairly old (this is the first time im upgrading it since 2008), and i was wondering whether my Core 2 Duo E8400 would bottleneck a HD 7850.

If it does, I have more than enough to buy an i5, but then i'm not sure what motherboard to buy with it (my current one is 775).
Any tips would be great :D . I'm not a Tech expert, so if you dumb it down for me, that would be great to :D .

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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 9:43:27 AM

It MIGHT bottleneck the 7850 a little bit, I'm not too sure.

However, if you have the money to buy an i5, I would suggest upgrading to an i3-2120 and an H61 motherboard :)  it would be the most cost effective solution in my opinion. It would roughly cost the same as getting a 3570k/2500k.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:20:27 AM

I honestly have no idea on how to check my ram. All i know is that i have 2gb ram. In response to Sunius, is there any way to check my ram? In reply to Mocchan, I would prefer a quad core for gaming, so although i can afford an i3 and motherboard, I would rather spend the extra money.

Thanks for the help!
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:23:57 AM

A good way to check would be to download a program called CPU-Z. It can show you your exact CPU, Motherboard, and RAM :) 

If you can spend the extra money for a quad core, go for it! By all means, yes! :) 

Here's an example for ya
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:42:18 AM

The above poster is right and was faster than me :) . You can download CPU-z from www.cpuid.com
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:41:34 AM

Agh, have parental controls on. Had to re-install windows earlier, and didn't set myself as admin. -.-
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:45:35 AM

Ok i have DDR2. Checked my motherboard to see what it supports.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:51:46 AM

Don't Newegg only post to America? I'm in Australia. However i'll look it up on the australian equivalent, mwave.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 11:53:25 AM

Damn, that means i also have to upgrade my motherboard.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 4:46:30 PM

Wasn't that's the point? You said you wanted to upgrade to i5 :) .
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June 5, 2012 5:08:56 PM

You pretty much have to upgrade everything. Core 2 Duo and DDR2 memory are getting too old for HD 7000 series GPU and you need new motherboard to make everything work.
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a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2012 6:04:42 AM

HAHA. might as well buy a new computer while im at it :D 
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October 12, 2012 6:34:41 PM

I am not sure if the thread is still alive.. I have the same cpu and I found a review that has a e8400 paired with a HD 7970 and sure their is a lot of bottleneck in some games but getting a better video card can deliver a playable frame rate. You would be surprised at how the e8400 performed.. Try the 7850 first before buying a new rig. i5 2500k plus gtx 670 would be a better combination.

http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/...
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a b U Graphics card
October 12, 2012 6:42:51 PM

arnoldlouie said:
I am not sure if the thread is still alive.. I have the same cpu and I found a review that has a e8400 paired with a HD 7970 and sure their is a lot of bottleneck in some games but getting a better video card can deliver a playable frame rate. You would be surprised at how the e8400 performed.. Try the 7850 first before buying a new rig. i5 2500k plus gtx 670 would be a better combination.

http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/...


No it died quite some time ago
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a b U Graphics card
October 12, 2012 10:14:28 PM

Died a fair amount ago, I'm no longer stupid about computers :p 
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a c 273 U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 6:17:02 AM

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