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Will my crappy processor bottleneck a HD 7850?

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.

~JJ1217
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  1. I think it's safe to assume that it will hurt your performance. Are you using DDR3 or DDR2 ram?

    I'd suggest this combo:

    Intel i5 2500k - $219.99
    MSI Z68A-G43 - $109.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
    ~JJ1217
  4. 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
  5. The above poster is right and was faster than me :). You can download CPU-z from www.cpuid.com
  6. Agh, have parental controls on. Had to re-install windows earlier, and didn't set myself as admin. -.-
  7. Ok i have DDR2. Checked my motherboard to see what it supports.
  8. Then you'll have to upgrade RAM as well. I'd suggest this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
  9. Don't Newegg only post to America? I'm in Australia. However i'll look it up on the australian equivalent, mwave.
  10. Damn, that means i also have to upgrade my motherboard.
  11. Wasn't that's the point? You said you wanted to upgrade to i5 :).
  12. 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.
  13. HAHA. might as well buy a new computer while im at it :D
  14. 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/item.php?itemid=816&page=11
  15. 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/item.php?itemid=816&page=11


    No it died quite some time ago
  16. Died a fair amount ago, I'm no longer stupid about computers :P
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