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Athlon II X4 635 Bottlenecking

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December 25, 2012 8:33:29 PM

I am currently running a two year old rig with an Athlon II X4 635 and a Radeon HD 5830. I was considering upgrading one of the two parts, but I wasn't not sure if doing so would result in a bottleneck from the older component.

My questions are as follows:

1. If I were to upgrade my graphics card to a newer model (most likely in the $200-$300 range), would my framerate be held back by my older processor?

2. If I were to upgrade my CPU to a newer model ($100-$250, AM3+), should I expect any performance improvements?

Thanks, SWK

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a c 790 à CPUs
December 25, 2012 8:36:58 PM

1 it would still be an upgrade and you could always overclock the CPU to keep up.
2 in some games but the 5830 is about the max the current CPU can keep up with.
December 25, 2012 8:43:21 PM

I've never gotten into overclocking, so I have no idea how to go about doing it. How much would I have to overclock my current CPU to get it to keep up with a 660 Ti, 660, 7950, or 7870?
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a c 790 à CPUs
December 25, 2012 9:09:27 PM

3.6GHz would be my goal. Know for a fact it made a difference with 955BE in my daughters rig with HD7850.
December 25, 2012 9:45:28 PM

Well, the 635 only has about 80% of the power of the 955 at stock clocks, but I suppose that any improvement is a good improvement. Thanks for helping! :) 
a b à CPUs
December 26, 2012 4:13:12 AM

What is your resolution?
a b à CPUs
December 26, 2012 4:46:13 AM

Hahaha just made a thread wondering if the exact same CPU will bottleneck my HIS iCooler Radeon 7770
January 1, 2013 10:57:43 PM

ohyouknow said:
What is your resolution?

1920x1080, with a secondary 1280x1024 that is never used for games.
January 5, 2013 12:44:30 AM

Best answer selected by SWKineo.