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I got my son a An ATI 6870 and it's way way better in gaming now. Plays Crysis, Crysis 2 and pretty much whatever I throw at it. He has the e7400 chip. That gpu was seriously handicapping his system and now it has new life.
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It's still probably not reaching its full potential with that chip but still a sizable upgrade.
    
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An e8400 or e8500 would be better.
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My friend got one and told me how stupid was for spending so much on my 4870x2 till he came over and saw the difference.
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Have you oc'ed that E7400..? They can't perform miracles but my old one hung in there for a good while at 4GHz... 3.8 should be doable on a decent mobo.
 
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Its at 3.4 ghz. Which has been a good jump. Now if I keep raising the fsb, i need to adjust the ram overclock too keep from going to high. It automatically overclocks the ram proportionally right? I raised the vcore to 1.4 and the northbridge to 1.3.

I'm really thinking about putting an e8500 in it and overclock it to 4ghz or better. It should smoke then and I bet it could hang with some i3s and i5s maybe. Or out do some Phenom chips
Edited by Tony Romo - 10/11/11 at 5:56pm
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Yes, you have to keep the RAM in check. BUT even if the RAM is running at a "slower" speed--let's say 900MHz instead of 1066MHz--you can always tighten the timings or lower the Performance Level to make up for the "lack" of MHZ on the RAM.

And taking into account that all hardware is different: It took me ~1.376 for 3.8 GHz...1.44 for 3.9GHz and 1.456 for 4GHz. Here's a super old screenie for you to see what I mean. *In other words: with the 1.4v on the vcore, I'm willing to bet you could squeeze out a bit more MHz on that cpu.

Don't worry about getting the RAM as "fast" as the cpu for right now; get the cpu as far as it'll go, then, go back and work on the RAM--i.e. tightening timings, lowering Performance Level and whatnot...

Edit: That 7400 has an unlocked multi so the fsb can be lower for higher clocks by simply raising the multi...in .5 increments if necessary.
 
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What's bottlenecking?
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I went from a 9600GT to a HD6850 and it was like night and day. Then I got 2 which set me for the next decade.
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Bottlenecking is where either: the cpu is too slow to fully utilize the gpu (video card) or the gpu (video card) is too slow to fully handle everything the cpu throws at it.

If you run a game or stress test and your cpu and gpu both are not at about 90-95% one or the other is causing a bottleneck.
 
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