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I am thinking of picking up a GTS 450 for my little bro. His PC has a C2D in it that runs at 1.86 GHz. Right now he has a 9600GSO and it can barely play BF3 on low on his 15in monitor. Will the GTS 450 make a difference in the performance of the game or will it stay the same because of the CPU?
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Nah, a GTS450 is a budget alternative. It will run as it should. WAY better than a 9600GSO! thumb.gif
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Can you OC his processor? That coupled with a 450 should do the trick. Still might be a bit sketchy on BF3 though.
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Yes, it will make a difference, but will still be bottlenecked by the CPU. However, the 450 is a great card. I have a 250 right now (worse than the 450) and I can run basically all of my games at max settings! (I don't have BF3 tongue.gif)

For Battlefield 3, he will probably be able to run on decent frames at his highest resolution, however, at the lowest graphic settings.
    
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I am thinking of picking up a GTS 450 for my little bro. His PC has a C2D in it that runs at 1.86 GHz. Right now he has a 9600GSO and it can barely play BF3 on low on his 15in monitor. Will the GTS 450 make a difference in the performance of the game or will it stay the same because of the CPU?

I honestly believe that "at stock" an Conroe e6300 will be bottlenecked by modern days games super easy. I had mine at 2.8 GHZ but at stock(1.86) it is slower than a AMD 4800 X2.

Basically the video card won't see a bottleneck but the low clock speed will cause there to be one.

I would throw a e5200,e7200 in there if u want a good balance with that GTS 450.


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Go for a good overclock, and I think you'll be fine with a GTS450, it'll be a big step up from 9600. You might see some bottleneck on the CPU, particularly in BF3, but you'll see more of an increase with a new gpu (going from 9600 to 450) than a newer C2D.
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im running a gts 450 and am having no probs playing BF3 @1920 1080 @ultra/hihg with 2xaa and HBAD.

but then i have got an i7 and have overclocked the GTS450 about 30% rolleyes.gif
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