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Hey,

I'm stuck on a motherboard using ddr2 ram. I have 2gb of it, and I am thinking about getting a 7870. If I use high resolution texture packs, all of the load and memory will be used on the GPU only, right?

It's hard to up the Ram with ddr2, it's expensive and I'm still on 32 bit OS.
Edited by Darkwizzie - 10/22/12 at 2:21am
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Hey,
I'm stuck on a motherboard using ddr2 ram. I have 2gb of it, and I am thinking about getting a 7870. If I use high resolution texture packs, all of the load and memory will be used on the GPU only, right?

Wrong,

Your CPU at this level will take a big hit, considering it's not overclocked and the q6600 struggled to keep up with some of the 500 series (570, 560 448core etc) I believe you'll end up with a rather large bottleneck on the CPU and memory. To be honest half the games out have a recommended level of 4gb of memory don't they?

Also what windows are you running? It'll be pointless if you're running XP because it doesn't have DX10 or DX11. Whilst your GPU will take a large amount of the video rendering, your CPU will still have a load of processing to do and it'll need to shift it off to the GPU in the first place.

C
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Wrong,
Your CPU at this level will take a big hit, considering it's not overclocked and the q6600 struggled to keep up with some of the 500 series (570, 560 448core etc) I believe you'll end up with a rather large bottleneck on the CPU and memory. To be honest half the games out have a recommended level of 4gb of memory don't they?
Also what windows are you running? It'll be pointless if you're running XP because it doesn't have DX10 or DX11. Whilst your GPU will take a large amount of the video rendering, your CPU will still have a load of processing to do and it'll need to shift it off to the GPU in the first place.
C
Windows 7. The most ram intensive game is Skyrim that I play. Q6600 is OC'ed to 2.8ghz, it's the best I can do with the asinine Vdroop of my motherboard.

I have to decide whether to buy 7870 very soon.
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Windows 7. The most ram intensive game is Skyrim that I play. Q6600 is OC'ed to 2.8ghz, it's the best I can do with the asinine Vdroop of my motherboard.
I have to decide whether to buy 7870 very soon.

To be honest mate, I think a 7850 is overkill for the cpu/motherboard/memory setup you have at the moment, to be honest, I'd probably get a second hand 500 series card, like a 560ti. The money that you save you can put towards a new core system. I.E Motherboard memory and processor.

Actually, you could probably get a decent second hand setup on here somewhere for the cost of the GPU.

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To be honest mate, I think a 7850 is overkill for the cpu/motherboard/memory setup you have at the moment, to be honest, I'd probably get a second hand 500 series card, like a 560ti. The money that you save you can put towards a new core system. I.E Motherboard memory and processor.
Actually, you could probably get a decent second hand setup on here somewhere for the cost of the GPU.
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I'm not sure if I'm able to squeeze in a CPU noticeably better than 2.8ghz Q6600 and a motherboard. Even then, no GPU. mad.gif

A second hand 560 TI would cost same as a 7870 second hand...
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I'm not sure if I'm able to squeeze in a CPU noticeably better than 2.8ghz Q6600 and a motherboard. Even then, no GPU. mad.gif
A second hand 560 TI would cost same as a 7870 second hand...

In which case I just simply wouldn't go with a GPU with that sort of power.

Right

Get this http://www.overclock.net/t/1317390/intel-core-i7-860-and-asus-p7h55m-pro-matx-combo/0_100

And pick up some cheapo memory, something like 1600Mhz@9-9-9-24 is fine. THen you've got your motherbaord and processor. Later on get a new GPU. And yes this processor because of the architecture it uses will out perform your q6600.

This took me about 2 minutes to find, if you have a look elsewhere I'm sure you can get a good deal. What's you're essentially trying to do is put a porche engine in a robin reliant.
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In which case I just simply wouldn't go with a GPU with that sort of power.
Right
Get this http://www.overclock.net/t/1317390/intel-core-i7-860-and-asus-p7h55m-pro-matx-combo/0_100
And pick up some cheapo memory, something like 1600Mhz@9-9-9-24 is fine. THen you've got your motherbaord and processor. Later on get a new GPU. And yes this processor because of the architecture it uses will out perform your q6600.
This took me about 2 minutes to find, if you have a look elsewhere I'm sure you can get a good deal. What's you're essentially trying to do is put a porche engine in a robin reliant.

Ok, I think I will hold off on buying anything then.
I was hoping to be able to use the higher Vram for texture packs though.
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Ok, I think I will hold off on buying anything then.
I was hoping to be able to use the higher Vram for texture packs though.

The texture packs crippled my i7 with a GTX570 in there would be practically no chance of you running them. I think that was on dragon age I got the HTP on.
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