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Ok so I really want some more gaming performance on my computer, seeing as I'm getting a monitor than can do 1920x1080, and it's currently running a 7600GT.

I play some games, but I don't really have to turn everything up, I just like to have full resolution and 2x antialiasing.

So what I'm wondering is how badly my CPU, a 3700+ San Diego, will bottleneck a 512 MB 9800GT. I'm also wondering if my power-supply has the correct cable to power the graphics card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954
That is the power supply.

This is the graphics card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150316
It also comes with COD 4, which is one of the main games I wanted to play with it.


BTW i would upgrade my whole system, but I don't have any money, or a job.
Should I buy this now or start saving?
    
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Originally Posted by roflcopt3r View Post
Ok so I really want some more gaming performance on my computer, seeing as I'm getting a monitor than can do 1920x1080, and it's currently running a 7600GT.

I play some games, but I don't really have to turn everything up, I just like to have full resolution and 2x antialiasing.

So what I'm wondering is how badly my CPU, a 3700+ San Diego, will bottleneck a 512 MB 9800GT. I'm also wondering if my power-supply has the correct cable to power the graphics card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954
That is the power supply.

This is the graphics card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150316
It also comes with COD 4, which is one of the main games I wanted to play with it.


BTW i would upgrade my whole system, but I don't have any money, or a job.
Should I buy this now or start saving?
First off 9800gt is a good choice for you at that res with you not wanting to turn things all the way up. You should be able to run mid to mid high on that.

If that proc is stock then yes it will bottleneck that card. I believe you'd need around a 2.8 on a dual core to avoid a bottleneck.

Even if your power supply doesnt have that connector the card should come with an adapter so that you can just use standard molex connectors on it.

No car? No job? Man i wish it was friday so i could give you some good advice on that.
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Well I'm 15, its kinda hard to get a job. And I don't even have my permit yet(Will soon)
    
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Well I'm 15, its kinda hard to get a job. And I don't even have my permit yet(Will soon)
Lol enough to make a 19 year old feel well.... old.

You need to watch the movie friday to get my joke about the car and the job. Please dont tell me thats too old of a movie.... lol
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15 yr old? 19 yr old?

Try nearly 36 yr old Grey hair is showing /sigh
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While it would still bottleneck the higher resolutions are less CPU dependent. Even if you were running 1027x768 you would notice a HUGE performance gain. Bottleneck or no bottleneck a GPU upgrade would still show an FPS increase.
    
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wats ur cpu clock? with my old tforce & 3700+, i was at 2.75
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Originally Posted by aksthem1 View Post
While it would still bottleneck the higher resolutions are less CPU dependent. Even if you were running 1027x768 you would notice a HUGE performance gain. Bottleneck or no bottleneck a GPU upgrade would still show an FPS increase.
Agreed, while the CPU can make a difference, the GPU is most important. I had a highly modded 8600GT, which is pretty much a 7600GT with DX10 capabilities, and on an Athlon X2 4800+, going from the 8600GT to a 8800GT was still a HUGE jump in performance. Of course going to an E8400 @ 4.4 GHz showed improvements from the Athlon X2, but the gain was still huge with just the GPU swap.
     
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There will definitely be a bottleneck but at 1920x1080 the GPU is stressed so much that the CPU bottleneck won't be as huge unless the game is multi-threaded. I'd say buy a new video card and then you can always upgrade your system later when you have the money. There will definitely be a huge increase coming from a 7600GT even with the A64 3700+ CPU. The XFX 9800GT you linked to seams kind of over priced to me (although it does come with COD4 so if you are looking to get that game it would be a better buy). Here some 9800GT and HD4830 deals on Newegg:

EVGA 9800GT with dual-slot cooler: $94.99 shipped after MIR
XFX 9800GT with single-slot cooler: $94.99 shipped after MIR
Powercolor HD4830 with dual-slot cooler: $84.99 + shipping after MIR
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Lol enough to make a 19 year old feel well.... old.

You need to watch the movie friday to get my joke about the car and the job. Please dont tell me thats too old of a movie.... lol

Hahaha!!


don't worry, xmas is close.
    
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