HD 7850 and Bottleneck?

Hi there I am wondering if I buy the MSI HD 7850 if My CPU is be bottled necked my spec's are as follows.

Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO
CPU: Phenom II X4 B55 ( I have my dual core unlocked to 4 cores)
Ram: 4GB GSkill DDR3-1333

I guess I wanna know will my system be bottled neck and if so will it be badly?

1. option I was playing around with is upgrading my mobo and CPU but only as a last resort.

Video card Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-663&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
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  1. yes there will be bottlenecks but it won't be too bad if you could overclock that cpu to around 3.4ghz. That should give you acceptable gaming performance.

    If you decide to get a z68/77 motherboard with any sandy/ivy bridge quadcore i5 processor, that would keep you set for the next 2-3 years for sure. You can upgrade to any gpu under the sky with that setup.
  2. I have a stock cooler on my CPU and with it being "unlocked" I cant tell what the temps are on it so I don't really wanna over clock it.
  3. http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/radeon_hd_7970_cpu_scaling_performance_review,1.html
    Take a look at this article.Your CPU is almost as fast as a Phenom 970.But remember that your graphics card is a lot slower than a HD 7970.So if you're playing on a resolution around 1920x1080 your CPU will NOT bottleneck at all.

    And still if you can afford it you should definatly buy a HD 7870
    It's around 20% faster but costs only 15$ more.
  4. My resolution is 1680 x 1050 and I do not want to upgrade that I'm fine with it. also the 7970 uses a lot more power and since I only have a OCZmodx 500 watt PSU I don't think it could handle the extra power draw since I think my CPU does 180 watts or something already...
  5. CoreTemp does not show the temps of my cpu still
  6. no phenom 2 x4 uses more than 140w at stock and some only 125w. this
    would go up if you oc though. also the linked alternative was 7870 not
    7970 and both cards seem to have two 6pin due to the inclusion of 2
    2 molex to 1 6pin power adapters with both mis cards. card length may
    be an issue for you though, since the egg says the 7850 in question is
    under 8in long and the suggested 7870 is over 10.5in long. good luck.
  7. If you don't have the space to accommodate a 7870 in your case then yes, you should go with the 7850 if you can accommodate that.

    Download HWMONITOR to monitor your temps


    You should get a aftermarket cooler that your case can accommodate to have better temps and better fans too.
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