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Hi guys

I'm thinking about doing a bit of a system upgrade. I have a few questions to ask.
First here are my current specs:

Gigabyte P35-D3SL mobo
Q6600@3.2/9700
8800GT SC/duorb
4x 1GB corsair XMS2 800mhz
550w psu

My questions are:

1. If I wanted to throw in a 4870x2, would my cpu or pcie 1.0 16x mobo bottlekneck it?

2. I know it is recommended to install a new psu with any major hardware change but I have managed fine in the past so, Would I need a larger psu in order to run the 4870x2?

3. Would my overall system need a faster mobo than my current entry-level board if I were to upgrade gpu?

Cheers
post #2 of 5
First thing would more than likely be a PSU,
Plus a Q6600 at 3.2 would probably bottleneck it
and then the mobo would possibly be a problem as well.
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The q6600 at stock would bottleneck it a liitle but at 3ghz and up i will do good. The 4870x2 barely even reaches the limits of pcie x16 1.0
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Ok so the cpu should be fine.

And my pcie 16x 1.0 mobo should be fine aswell.

What about the psu? would 500w be enough for quad + 4870x2?
Edited by antik - 12/12/08 at 4:23pm
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PCI-E 16x 1.0 would bottleneck it severely at higher resolutions.
Your CPU will also be bottlenecking it, although your CPU at 3.2 would be a start.
A CPU clock around 5GHz is necessary to stop it bottlenecking that beast.
Your PSU would run it, however I recommend buying a better one.
I hope that helped.
Edited by Karlz3r - 12/12/08 at 5:48pm
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