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Will my CPU bottleneck?

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November 13, 2012 3:58:02 PM

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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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 13, 2012 4:05:38 PM

Yes there will be quite a restriction there.

Mactronix :) 
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November 13, 2012 4:13:30 PM

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.
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November 13, 2012 4:20:10 PM

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.
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November 13, 2012 4:23:49 PM

Not everyone plays Multiplayer..
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November 13, 2012 4:24:18 PM

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.
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November 13, 2012 8:16:00 PM

kracker said:
Not everyone plays Multiplayer..


A large majority play only Multiplayer but you are right.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
November 13, 2012 8:22:16 PM

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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November 13, 2012 8:29:40 PM

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