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How much of a "bottleneck" would I have?

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I currently have a E6400 running at stock timings, and I cant over clock it. I was thinking about upgrading to a 4870 1Gb or a GTX 260 core 216 in a few weeks once I sell my ipod touch. I was wondering what I would benefit more from right now, a new card, or a new CPU with the same card?

I kinda want to go with the card no matter what though...
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You will see an improvement even with your E6400 running at the stock Speed, but it will be bottlenecked a bit.
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Well, it will be bottlenecked, but still a huge improvement. Under no circumstances should you stay with your current video card if you're trying to see improvement in games.
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Right now my power supply as a 28A rating on its 12V rails, and I might be looking into a new PS, but my problem is the size.... My HP is like severely cramped up, and right now it has a 120mm fan sized PS. I keep finding power supplies that have 12V1:18A 12V2:18A...ect ect...I need like 36-40A...Not sure how this works?
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post #5 of 6
Both of those cards are probably overkill for your monitor anyway and also will be capped by your CPU. You'll see a huge improvement with a mid-ranged ATI card like the 4830 or 4850, which also draws less power.

For the CPU you can try one of the BSEL mods, and upgrade your cooling a bit to reduce the CPU bottleneck a bit.
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What is your MB? Also if you stick with same CPU cant tell a difference between 4850 or 4870. I would get the 4850 personally and save for a new CPU,
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