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How much of a bottle neck will it be with a 1900xt 256mb with a pentium 4 3.2 prescott? I dont know much about bottlenecking and all this technical jargon?

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It will be bottlenecked some. I think you will survive though
    
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Your CPU will limit the performance gain, but there will be a performance gain. What are the rest of your Specs?
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Your CPU will limit the performance gain, but there will be a performance gain. What are the rest of your Specs?
pentium 4 3.2 prescott, x1900xt 256mb, 2gigs corsair ram, 475 psu
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Why do people always ask this?

the x1900XT will be better than any other graphics card under it...(x1800XT, etc)...better graphics means better graphics no matter what CPU you have...

It may not run at its full potential, but it'll still pwn.

It'll bottleneck quite a bit...but it's irrelevant, and cannot be "quantified"
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Originally Posted by Sideburns
Why do people always ask this?

the x1900XT will be better than any other graphics card under it...(x1800XT, etc)...better graphics means better graphics no matter what CPU you have...

It may not run at its full potential, but it'll still pwn.

It'll bottleneck quite a bit...but it's irrelevant, and cannot be "quantified"
It's not irrelevent, he will get much lower framereates than more high-end systems will get.

My framerate in 3dmark05 went up about 20fps when I upgraded to C2D from my 3700+. He will have to use lower graphics settings.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideburns
Why do people always ask this?

the x1900XT will be better than any other graphics card under it...(x1800XT, etc)...better graphics means better graphics no matter what CPU you have...

It may not run at its full potential, but it'll still pwn.

It'll bottleneck quite a bit...but it's irrelevant, and cannot be "quantified"

People ask because if you have a athlon XP, your 3dmark05 score will go from 2100 to 2200.

My X1900XT is quite limited by my CPU. I think I get 1500 points more in 03 and, like, 1000 more in 05. 06 is not back because its almost entirely GPU limited. But the bottom line is that people want to see a performance gain that is pertinent to the cost of the upgrade.

Its a perfectly legitimate question because at some point you have SEVERELY diminishing returns. I think the 3.2 would be cutting it close. My 3.6 doesn't really perform like I would want it to, and its especially evident in games like BF2 and Oblivion where I know what other testbeds are running at.
    
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For the most part your GPU will be the limiting factor in games, but it all depends on the game itself.

Any Source engine based games for instance, are all CPU bound so performance would not change much unless you had a low end GPU.
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