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hi,i recently acquired a MSI GeForce 8600GT and i want to know if my CPU is a limit to my graphics card's performance(i think its not using its full capabilities), i have an Athlon 64 939 Venice 3000+ @ 2510.1Mhz.
Most games run great except for spiderman 3.
if the CPU limits the GPU's perfomance,what upgrade do you recommend?
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Upgrade to either an Athlon X2, or if you want a future proof upgrade, go for
an Intel Core 2 Duo e4300, Gigabyte 965P-DS3, and a cheap 2GB set of DDR2.

Total for the intel build will be around $320.
 
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Or better ram might let you overclock your cpu higher and help out more in the game that could be the cheapest fix. The gskill pc6400 hks are around 119 and will do 900mhzs atleast alot do 1000 or more.
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Or better ram might let you overclock your cpu higher and help out more in the game that could be the cheapest fix. The gskill pc6400 hks are around 119 and will do 900mhzs atleast alot do 1000 or more.
right now i have some debts(bought notebook with credit card)but i'd like to stick to amd and buy a SLI mobo for a future upgrade,i heard the X2 3600+ is a good buy right now ,i live in Argentina the procssor here is 94 USD(65W EE Version)also heard that the best mem for overclocking is DDR2 667.
In a couple months i'll buy the rig so i'd really appreciate some help,thanks guys for helping.
is my actual CPU limiting my GPU?
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Yes, that cpu is probably bottlenecking (limiting) the performance of the GPU. If you would like to stay with AMD, a decent SLI motherboard from manufacturers such as Gigabyte or ASUS will suit you. Make sure the motherboard is an AM2 motherboard. In regards to ram, DDR2-667 is all that you will need to overclock that processor.
 
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Yes, that cpu is probably bottlenecking (limiting) the performance of the GPU. If you would like to stay with AMD, a decent SLI motherboard from manufacturers such as Gigabyte or ASUS will suit you. Make sure the motherboard is an AM2 motherboard. In regards to ram, DDR2-667 is all that you will need to overclock that processor.
No. The answer is No.

A single core K8 processor at 2.4GHz would not bottleneck that card at all. A 8600GT performance is less than of a 7900GS.
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Fox_Smash: can you run some benchmarks of the graphics card?
 
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If your looking for an amd setup than go with these

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103046

BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 AMD-compatible Motherboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
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Fox_Smash: can you run some benchmarks of the graphics card?
@Fox_Smash, Run 3DMark06 at current settings and log the score breakdown. Run 3DMark06 again but with your processor clock by 200MHz and log score. Repeat one more time with a further 200MHz downclock. The 3DMark06 CPU should drop noticably but the two graphics score very slightly if there is no bottleneck. If the graphics score drops noticably, then there is a bottleneck or you are close to one.
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No. The answer is No.

A single core K8 processor at 2.4GHz would not bottleneck that card at all. A 8600GT performance is less than of a 7900GS.
where do you get such a baseless assumption from, a few review sites running on beta drivers?

The offical drivers are out and the card fly's alot faster than the 7900GS.
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