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Hi, I'd like to start off by saying I can't afford to buy a new CPU or MoBo, so that's not an option. Now, I was wondering about upgrading my GPU so I can run games like BC2 and BF3 (in the future), and I realize the 5850 will be bottlenecked by my CPU. I need to know if the card is too big for my case or isn't compatible with my MoBo?

P.S. - Will my CPU be a problem if I want to play BF3 (even at low settings?)

HD 5850:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-100282XTREME/dp/B004W75ATI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1304196399&sr=8-2"]Amazon.com: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XTREME 1 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100282XTREME: Electronics[/ame]


My specs:

Dell Inspiron 518:
http://www.pcworld.com/product/32125/dell_inspiron_518.html?p=specs

CPU - Intel E7400 C2D @ 2.80GHz(Wolfdale)
PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W
RAM - 4GB DDR2
OS - Win7 Pro 64-bit
RES - 1680x1050

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It should work just fine, assuming it'll physically fit. Make sure you've got a PCIe slot, and enough physical room to fit the card in.

And yes, a dual core at 2.8GHz will certainly hold performance back. But you'd be better off using a 5850 over whatever you have now more than likely.

What about a 6850 though? Would be easier to fit, same performance, run cooler, and should be easier on your PSU too.
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It should work just fine, assuming it'll physically fit. Make sure you've got a PCIe slot, and enough physical room to fit the card in.

And yes, a dual core at 2.8GHz will certainly hold performance back. But you'd be better off using a 5850 over whatever you have now more than likely.

What about a 6850 though? Would be easier to fit, same performance, run cooler, and should be easier on your PSU too.

It costs a little too much, could you tell me if the card would physically fit because I've tried to find out but I'm really new at all of this

P.S. - but could my Dual core run BF3 with this GPU?
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measure the length of the interior of your case, where the card goes. The length of that 5850 is about 9.5 inch
    
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measure the length of the interior of your case, where the card goes. The length of that 5850 is about 9.5 inch

but could my Dual core run BF3 with this GPU?
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but could my Dual core run BF3 with this GPU?

BF3 is very cpu limited so a quad core is a must to run BF3 at high settings. Your dual core however may be able to run it mid settings.wink.gif

You could also overclock your cpu for extra performance!
    
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The new Saphire 5850 Xtreme card uses the 6850 PCB so is alot shorter than the older 5850 models.
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Originally Posted by robwadeson;13333077 
BF3 is very cpu limited so a quad core is a must to run BF3 at high settings. Your dual core however may be able to run it mid settings.wink.gif

You could also overclock your cpu for extra performance!

cant OC with my Dell motherboard

but thanks, I was hoping at least low settings
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