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Will a Geforce 7800gs bottleneck on my P4 3.25 ghz CPU?

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yes it will..unfortunately youll have to push that cpu pretty far before it dosnt bottleneck..however that dosnt mean youll see bad performance..you cant just base your purchase on whether it bottlenecks or not because most systems bottleneck anyways..feedback?
    
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The card won't bottleneck your cpu, but your PSU won't run that card worth crap if you try to overclock it past 375/1200.
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Originally Posted by RyGuy1788
The card won't bottleneck your cpu, but your PSU won't run that card worth crap if you try to overclock it past 375/1200.
edit: ohhhh you said his gpu wont bottleneck his cpu?..but his cpu will beleive me.. and i do agree with you with his psu itll blow it out if you try to go past that..

Oh yes and you will have to upgrade your psu..it needs a minimum of 350 and some even say 400w
    
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Well, it depends on what you are doing, if you run at low resolutions and settings, your CPU will starve the card for information. Basically the card won't work very hard because the CPU can't feed it fast enough, but if you turn the settings way up the card will start to become loaded up with its own work and the CPU won't matter as much. But with such a weak CPU (compared to an FX-57 and the like) you might want to consider buying a cheaper card that is comparable to your CPU or upgrading your CPU to compare with that card.
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If you got better cooling and clocked that CPU up a little higher, you'd notice very little in the way of a bottleneck. But like it's been said, you'll need a new PSU.
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Well, it depends on what you are doing, if you run at low resolutions and settings, your CPU will starve the card for information. Basically the card won't work very hard because the CPU can't feed it fast enough, but if you turn the settings way up the card will start to become loaded up with its own work and the CPU won't matter as much. But with such a weak CPU (compared to an FX-57 and the like) you might want to consider buying a cheaper card that is comparable to your CPU or upgrading your CPU to compare with that card.
and i couldnt agree with you more with this part:

Well, it depends on what you are doing, if you run at low resolutions and settings, your CPU will starve the card for information. Basically the card won't work very hard because the CPU can't feed it fast enough, but if you turn the settings way up the card will start to become loaded up with its own work and the CPU won't matter as much

but why would he want to upgrade his cpu? he will see little of a difference if only he pushes it more, he can just get the gpu now and upgrade the cpu if he wants to later..i just reccomend doing everything you can to push the cpu farther and you WILL see fps increase guarenteed and all your benchmarks will increase
    
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I agree there too, when I had my 7800GS running corrently, I didn't notice a bottleneck while playing FarCry or HL2 at very high settings, so if you can get your CPU up around 3.5-3.75 GHz I think you will see excellent performace with the 7800GS.
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finally we've reached a conclusion lol
    
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Yeah actually I'm getting a 500w PSU with my 7800GS because my 300 won't be able to run it so that problem is covered, but even with the new psu will it still noticably bottleneck?
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