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Alright I'm really I'm a tough spot between a 8800GTS and a X1950 Pro, and after looking at upcoming games like Halo 2, Lost Planet and Halo 2 (), I've decided to future-proof myself and go with the 8800GTS 320MB (gunna look AMAZING on my 1280x1024 CRT ).

I'm just REALLY worried about my CPU... single core running at 3.2GHz will definately bottleneck this GPU ALOT, but I am wondering how much it will really affect my performance in games....

With the 8800GTS (should I choose to order it) will be a Tuniq Tower. While this may be overkill for my little Pressy, I think it should allow me to push it to 3.6 safely, maybe 3.8 if I turn up (read: plug back in) my case fans. My RAM will also probably bottleneck my system, especially if I move to Vista to play some Halo 2, but that will be upgraded later on along with the CPU (late july!)

Not only am I worried about the severity of this bottleneck, but I'm not sure if my little Ultra X-Finity 500W 18A+12A PSU will be able to handle this... does any one know how much current a 8800GTS draws? Im sure voltage isn't a problem in my system.

Thanks,

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post #2 of 17
It affects things quite badly with a p4. I know someone with a G80 and a p4 and he can hardly play the games that I and other members can without low fps.

Also, Halo 2 graphics are pretty naff. Lol.
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I can testify: there is a huge, enormous bottleneck:
I had a Pentium 4 650HT OCed to 3.8GHz
I had Windows XP Home Edition
In the performance test in F.E.A.R, I had roughly 90 highest FPS...

I have a e6600
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In the performance test in F.E.A.R, I have 255 highest FPS as my new record!

You can definitly see that my 8800GTX was bottlenecked.
    
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post #4 of 17
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Wow that is quite a big bottleneck!!!
But.. 90 Max FPS should still round out to a nice playable average FPS and I'm assuming thats at max settings?

I'm willing to have this bottleneck until I can shell out another 350$ and get a DS3 and 6320, but I'm still not sure if my PSU will be able to handle the 8800GTS! :S
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i dont even want to put any 8 series on this rig lol
post #6 of 17
Oh yeah, the game was completly playable, I was able to max out Battlefield 2142, F.E.A.R, (full AA, anistropic filtering...) on all my games but I mean, in the next generation games, that will make a difference! Because the 255FPS I had today will drop to 90FPS, and your 90FPS will drop to what? 5FPS?
    
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post #7 of 17
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90FPS is good for Today
And I'll work on a C2D for Tommorow

Eisen, I know how you feel, but everyones gotta start somewhere with the upgrades!!! And just like mine (well except for my awful CPU compared to yours ) the x800 is probably the only thing keeping you from SM3.0 games!
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post #8 of 17
I'm going to have to say get the 8800gts and get this instead of the tuniq. On the stock cooler you'll most like hit at least 2.7 and give that p4 a run for it's cash.

Edit: Also your psu is sufficient. I'm running mine on 2x18a on this xclio no nps at all.
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I may be wrong here, but my ASUS P5ND2-SLi Deluxe does not support Core 2 Duo (or so I believe, I would LOVE to be wrong here) which means that CPU is out of the question for me, I believe. Can anyone confirm?
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post #10 of 17
It does not support Intel Core 2 Duo.
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