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Will my CPU bottleneck?

I am impatient and don't want to wait months to build a new PC. I want to buy a 7950 with the money I have now to install into my old HP Pavilion. Will the Pentium E5300 @ 2.6Ghz bottleneck that GPU in some games? The games I will be playing will be mostly graphically intensive like BF3, Planetside 2, and such.
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  1. Yes there will be quite a restriction there.

    Mactronix :)
  2. mactronix said:
    Yes there will be quite a restriction there.

    Mactronix :)


    I mean like in BF3. With a (try not to laugh) GT 220 I get ~15 fps in normal game play with all low settings and 720p res.
  3. Poltregeist said:
    I mean like in BF3. With a (try not to laugh) GT 220 I get ~15 fps in normal game play with all low settings and 720p res.


    im surprised that cpu can even play bf3. i get a small cpu bottleneck on 64 player maps at stock clocks and my cpu is much better then yours.
  4. Not everyone plays Multiplayer..
  5. I may just get it too for an improvement, and when it comes time to get a new build, I will just carry the GPU over.
  6. kracker said:
    Not everyone plays Multiplayer..


    A large majority play only Multiplayer but you are right.
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    go for it considering you will be using it for your next build. if anything you will get the best performance that is possible with that conroe chip.

    it is just a shame that HP won't let you overclocked because of a "locked" BIOS. i had a E5300 a few years ago and overclocked it to 3.8 without breaking a sweat. but i used a heatsink from a q6600.
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