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It wouldn't bottleneck that 6790, but I highly doubt you'll be able to play games at 1920x1080 on anything higher than low settings with that GPU (even Source games). Since you think he'll be playing in mostly 1366x768, it might make sense though (I wouldn't know.. haha).
 
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I just bought another 555 Callisto at newegg for $79. This is the 5th one I have purchased. All 4 before this one have unlocked all 4 cores stable, and I expect this one to as well smile.gif

Even if you don't unlock, the Phenom II is way better than the Althon and for only a few bucks more its really a no brainer
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post #13 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redwoodz;13490353 
An Athlon II 250 will work fine,but you won't "score" the same as better processors.Your best bet is the Athlon II X3 450/455 @ $80.The extra core really helps,but it still doesn't draw alot of power or make alot of heat.Can't be beat for the price and performance.I paid $59 for mine at Fry's,and I will have this chip bronzed someday I love it so much.tongue.gif

The extra core doesn't help that much. A lot of the times, the x3's perform closer to the x2's, then the x4's.
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post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Razer;13489600 
I'm planning to buy the Athlon II x2 250 but I'm really worried for the cpu to bottleneck the HD6790! a mid range GPU! so is it wise to buy a dual core athlon for this card? headscratch.gif

P.S. I don't want a bulldozer! after all this is a fight between me and a consoler who still believe that we have to spend $2500 annually to play the latest games! so I'm building this set up and give to my little brotha! cool.gif

You will need a much more capable CPU with that GPU.
Athlon II 250 bottlenecks 4870. An x3 solved it for me.
For your GPU, at least AthII x4.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horsemama1956;13492853 
The extra core doesn't help that much. A lot of the times, the x3's perform closer to the x2's, then the x4's.

Say again? smile.gif
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Depends on the game whether lightly threaded or multithreaded. COD:BO and Bioware games for instance will take advantage of quad cores. Example for duals would be starcraft 2, unreal 3 games, and most older games.

Would avoid the 6790 card though. It's basically the 6870 cut down to the 5770 with the 256-bit memory bus. For the price go 5770 cheaper or 6850 slightly more expensive much better performance or 460 768mb since lower res anyhow.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phobos223;13490026 
Get a Callisto 555, OC and unlock == good to go

I would support this statement. I just did a quick google search (nothing extensive, so feel free to debunk me) and I found:

555: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846 for 90 bucks

450: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886 80 bucks

250: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6707056 for 92 bucks!!

You have most likely found a better deal on this chip, otherwise you wouldn't be here asking this question, yes?

Regardless, it really is more in your favor to get one of the newer edition chips.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by keesh;13498256 
I would support this statement. I just did a quick google search (nothing extensive, so feel free to debunk me) and I found:

555: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846 for 90 bucks

450: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886 80 bucks

250: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6707056 for 92 bucks!!

You have most likely found a better deal on this chip, otherwise you wouldn't be here asking this question, yes?

Regardless, it really is more in your favor to get one of the newer edition chips.

dude no! the 250 is $45 at amazon!

still I started to think of the 555 as a better choice rolleyes.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Razer;13502346 
dude no! the 250 is $45 at amazon!

still I started to think of the 555 as a better choice rolleyes.gif

oh well sorry I stand corrected! Hah. Like I said, you probably had a better deal. In any event, get what suits your needs.
    
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post #19 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850;13493357 
You will need a much more capable CPU with that GPU.
Athlon II 250 bottlenecks 4870. An x3 solved it for me.
For your GPU, at least AthII x4.



Say again? smile.gif

The tri-core processors more often perform closer to the x2's then the x4's in games that use more then 2 threads.

OP, I would NOT buy an Athlon II at this point. Just find the cheapest Phenom II you can. The cache matters now, unlike a few years ago when the Athlon II's were just coming out.
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