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Hello. im running an older board, P5n-e on windows vista 32bit, 4 gigs of ram. with a e8400 Oc'd to 4.05.Ghz, with a GTS 250 graphic card. i am able to play BF3 on low settings with relativly no issues. However im just curious whats the greater bottleneck the CPU at 4.ghz or the gts 250(1gb).
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Definitely your gts 250, your CPU doesn't become a bottleneck until it runs at 80% all the time when running ANY game with a powerful GPU.
 
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I've got to decide what to buy.. im trying to find a graphics card that will atleast push me to high settings at 45-60 fps at all times.. just not trying to spend 400$
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Quote:
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I've got to decide what to buy.. im trying to find a graphics card that will atleast push me to high settings at 45-60 fps at all times.. just not trying to spend 400$

If you want 45-60 "all time" at high settings, you're gonna have to basically get a new rig all together.


That Dual-Core isn't getting anywhere nor is that GPU.


If you want to go cheap get a Phenom II X4 9XX Series or a Thuban along side a mid-range GPU and you most likely get mid-high settings with reasonable FPS.
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well i new rig is in the work, its tax season and im filing tomorrow, Im just probably going to wait for the ivy bridge to come out before a new board. but i can get a new GPU and transfer it over.. i've been looking at the GTX 560ti, which seems to be pretty popular, and seems to be selling for around 240$.
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Yeah the 560ti is great and the 448 core version is even better and still has a great price. Once the 6xx version comes out then the prices will really fall and the price/performance will be excellent.
 
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post #7 of 18
get the gpu first. its the one holding you back.
even a GTX560 non ti would be a good upgrade.

then save up a bit more to replace the e8400 with a Q9550
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Try to move to 1155, upgrading on a 775 platform is not a good idea, imo.
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Try to move to 1155, upgrading on a 775 platform is not a good idea, imo.

I agree with this. If you could get up to a 2500k then you will have a much better experience with a new card.
 
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Definitely your gts 250, your CPU doesn't become a bottleneck until it runs at 80% all the time when running ANY game with a powerful GPU.

Slightly off topic:
That's not really true...IS IT?

My cpu ran at ~80% BF:3 with ONE 6970.

I have 2 7970's coming, am I screwed?

3930k@4.625ghz. I can't push more safely because I don't like vcore over 80 degrees and my ****ty cpu is already at 1.440v

On topic:

What's your total budget and where do you like to purchase things? (website area country etc.)

I think,depending on if you can afford a new cpu or a new cpu and mobo it'll differ, but a better gpu is necessary as it is the largest bottleneck.

If your budget is like $600-700 you can get a new cpu or mobo/cpu/gpu but if it's more like $100-200 a nice new gpu can be purchased.

Edit I see your budget is ~$300 but as least as possible.

Get a 6870/6850 or if you prefer nVidia a gtx 460/560 will be good it'll be a good upgrade and will be a perfect balance for your cpu. You could move to a quad core and crossfire or upgrade your mobo/cpu and crossfire later on.

If you don't mind used parts I'm sure you could pick up even a 570 here or a 6950 and use some cash to get a quad core.

I'd personally recommend this 560 ti 448 core . You will not see the full performance of it, so you can keep it at stock, then when you upgrade to ivy bridge you can oc it a good 100-150mhz on the core and at least 50mhz on the memory and even sli it smile.gif.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!
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