Will my Phenom x4 9150e bottleneck my Radeon HD 6770?

I was recently following another thread with a similar build and decided to upgrade my system, allowing me to play Guild Wars 2.

CPU: AMD Phenom x4 9150e
GPU: HD Radeon 6770
PSU: 650W
RAM: 4 GB
Motherboard: http://www.ascendtech.us/gateway-dx4200-09-motherboard-4006272r_i_mb64gatdx420009.aspx

I've tried playing some dvd's on my computer, and my graphics are so jumpy I would never be able to play games on it.

I'm fairly sure my CPU isn't keeping up. Could it be "bottle necking" my system?

If not, how do I fix this?
If so, what CPU should I upgrade to?

I would GREATLY APPRECIATE any help!
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  1. alburt02t said:
    I was recently following another thread with a similar build and decided to upgrade my system, allowing me to play Guild Wars 2.

    CPU: AMD Phenom x4 9150e
    GPU: HD Radeon 6770
    PSU: 650W
    RAM: 4 GB
    Motherboard: http://www.ascendtech.us/gateway-dx4200-09-motherboard-4006272r_i_mb64gatdx420009.aspx

    I've tried playing some dvd's on my computer, and my graphics are so jumpy I would never be able to play games on it.

    I'm fairly sure my CPU isn't keeping up. Could it be "bottle necking" my system?

    If not, how do I fix this?
    If so, what CPU should I upgrade to?

    I would GREATLY APPRECIATE any help!


    Yes you will have a bottleneck because your phenom has a speed of 1.8ghz
  2. You have a Phenom I. Plus the low clock speeds aren't helping. Hard to get a new Phenom I CPU nowadays, and if you did, it still wouldn't be that powerful.
  3. MAJOR bottleneck. You can get a new mobo, cpu and 8GB of DDR3 for around $200.
  4. I have an extra Phenom 980 @ 3.7 Ghz lying around it won't bottleneck a radeon 6770 for sure.

    What is your motherboard? If its a 125 watt motherboard it will support the newer phenoms!
  5. 95w limitation.
  6. A 95W board would support a 955 (non BE)
  7. Deemo13 said:
    A 95W board would support a 955 (non BE)


    It would make more sense to buy a new intel motherboard and get the i3 2120. It outperforms a stock amd phenom 980.

    If you have more money you can get an i5 in the future without replacing the motherboard.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
  8. But, don't forget that sometimes HP and Dell use non-standard mobo and case sizes.
  9. maxh22 said:
    It would make more sense to buy a new intel motherboard and get the i3 2120. It outperforms a stock amd phenom 980.

    If you have more money you can get an i5 in the future without replacing the motherboard.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077


    I know, I was just saying that a 955, the non-unlocked is a 95W, not a 125W like its brethren. The i3-2120 is a great processor, and so are the new Pentiums.
  10. Thanks so much for your help guys! I started mapping out a new backup system since I had a pretty good idea it was being bottle necked.

    I'm just going to go with an intel board and chip.

    ASUS P8z77-v LGA 1155 intel z77 intel Motherboard

    I5 or I3 processor (I've heard Ivy bridge was a must have.)

    Thank you all for the help! Most forums are not this prompt or helpful! :D
  11. IB isn't a must have. SB is a tad slower and cheaper. If the 2500K is a lot cheaper compared to the 3570K, get the 2500K. But, in your case, best to get a new system. HP and Dell use non-standard mobo and case sizes, so then you'd have to get a new case, and at that point, you're not that far from getting a totally new computer.
  12. Yeah, if I went I5, Mobo, and new case, It's around 500$. Don't really want to spend that much. I worry about buying new systems though. Not sure it could be as good, are there any around 500 you would recommend?! I would also like to upgrade in the future, so I guess I would need to align myself with a system that would be good for intel upgrades... I could return my newly acquired upgrade pieces!
  13. I still think there is something wrong. No system like that should have issues playing DVDs. I played my first DVD on a Pentium 1 @ 300MHz and a 4MB PCI video card. If things stutter then its something else.
  14. He also wants to play GW2. The Phenom I won't play GW2 very well.
  15. So you want a new system for $500? OK, let me get something.
  16. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gLsa

    Salvage your HDD, optical drive, GPU, monitor, KB, and mouse, and you'll have a really good $500 rig.
  17. The i3 540 will run the 6770 just fine
  18. That would be awesome, except I would have to use the graphics card I just got, and I wouldn't get the refund. I'm thinking now I'll go with:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103631

    Will the i3 540 @ 3.06 Ghz bottle neck my Radeon HD 6770?!

    Keep my psu and processor which will round me out at around 500$ I'll have to pay total. It's an I3 540, but when I have more money later on down the road I'll upgrade!
  19. You aren't going to be able to fit a 6770 in that case. $315 can buy alot:

    Which PSU are you running?
  20. That case is pretty small. The 6770 probably won't fit.
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