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Would a Athlon 6400+ (stock) bottleneck a ATI 4850 or 4870?
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no, remember your monitor is bottlenecking everything
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In that review about the 4850's crossfired it looked like an OC'd phenom 9850 was bottlenecking them IMHO.

EDIT: Err, basically yes it wouldn't surprise me if it did.
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In some cases it would OFC bottleneck those cards. But u'll use them quite all right with that CPU. The graphic cards are where the strain is put in the newer games. My CPU usually runs ~70% while the GPU runs nearly 100%
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post #5 of 11
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I thought that no GPU could run faster than a CPU?

Doesbn't a GPU need to wait for a CPU before it can do its job? My current 4800+ runs crysis like garbage, on my 8800GT
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time to upgrade..... NOT your rig will be prefect for one 4850
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a single 4850 will not be significantly bottlenecked by your cpu, if you were considering crossfire, it would be a different story.

you basically have your own build inside that OEM HP one, before getting a new card, i would buy a reasonable mATX MOBO/HSF to open your options and OC that 4600+ to 6400+ speeds.......for cheaper than a 6400+
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buy a CPU/MOBO/CASE/HSF/HDD/RAM/DVDRW = ~$420 and have a completely new system independant from your HP one (after you put the old PSU in the hp/Steal the GPU+Sound Card+good PSU)

-an Intel 2xxx series OC'd to 3.2-3.5ghz (roughly equivalent to an athlon clocked at 4.3ghz - 4.666ghz) (60 bucks)

-an lga775 mobo (gigabyte seems to have good budget ones that OC well) (~$100)

-a decent Air cooler (OCZ vendetta 2?) ($35-$40)

-320-500gb HDD (cheap as chips now, 500gb 7200.11 hdds can be had for like 80 bucks now)

- 2x2gb of ram (faster than the ram you have now) will run you about $90

- a reasonable ATX case (coolermaster has some priced well at ~$50)

- 20x dvdrw's are in the $25 range now, with some even cheaper.

the second option would definately make you happier AND give someone else a decent computer, but again, not everyone has the $$ to spend on their computer but IMHO, a GPU is not your next upgrade
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post #8 of 11
if i remember correctly, ever since agp came out, the cpu has been the bottleneck on most computers. there hasnt been a stock clocked processor out that doesnt bottleneck the video card. hence, higher 3dm06 scores when the cpu is overclocked.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by SyncMaster753 View Post
a single 4850 will not be significantly bottlenecked by your cpu, if you were considering crossfire, it would be a different story.

you basically have your own build inside that OEM HP one, before getting a new card, i would buy a reasonable mATX MOBO/HSF to open your options and OC that 4600+ to 6400+ speeds.......for cheaper than a 6400+
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buy a CPU/MOBO/CASE/HSF/HDD/RAM/DVDRW = ~$420 and have a completely new system independant from your HP one (after you put the old PSU in the hp/Steal the GPU+Sound Card+good PSU)

-an Intel 2xxx series OC'd to 3.2-3.5ghz (roughly equivalent to an athlon clocked at 4.3ghz - 4.666ghz) (60 bucks)

-an lga775 mobo (gigabyte seems to have good budget ones that OC well) (~$100)

-a decent Air cooler (OCZ vendetta 2?) ($35-$40)

-320-500gb HDD (cheap as chips now, 500gb 7200.11 hdds can be had for like 80 bucks now)

- 2x2gb of ram (faster than the ram you have now) will run you about $90

- a reasonable ATX case (coolermaster has some priced well at ~$50)

- 20x dvdrw's are in the $25 range now, with some even cheaper.

the second option would definately make you happier AND give someone else a decent computer, but again, not everyone has the $$ to spend on their computer but IMHO, a GPU is not your next upgrade
lol seriously? e2xxx @ 3.2ghz = 4.3ghz athlon? i doubt it.
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Ok. Put it like this. If you play old games at a low resolution, the CPU will be the bottleneck. On the other hand, new games with high detail and normal or high resolution it will put the strain to the GPU.
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