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Hello,

I have an older gaming pc that uses ddr2 1066. I have an 8800gts 512mb in it now and want to get something like a 460gtx 760mb or 1gb or a HD6850 1gb. Will my pc bottleneck it and make the upgrade pointless?

PC specs

Win 7 ultimate 64bit
GIGABYTE 790x mobo
AMD Phenom X4 940 be 3.0ghz
8gb gskill 1066 ddr2
8800GTS 512mb
550 ultra PSU
2x Sata hardrives 300gigs one has xp 32bit installed just in case.
1x dvdrw plan on getting a blueray drive soon.

I play on my lcd TV now. iIts a 42inch vizio 120hz 1080p
But I have a lg flatron 20 wide lcd monitor also.

Thanks for any suggestions or opinions. So should I upgrade? Would you? Will I see a difference with those cards?
post #2 of 14
No. a 940 x4 won't bottleneck a 460/6850. DDR2 might be a bit of a bottleneck though...

I would get the 6850 1 GB because your resolution is 1080p. And yes, you should see quite a bit of a jump.
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Hi would get the 460gtx nothing more powerful, but why do you want to upgrade the gpu any way? any games you want to run that you cant atm?
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Narabhut,

Great i am hoping to see a large improvement. But yeah the ddr2 is whats bothering me. I guess the 940 is not compatible with ddr3 so if I want to upgrade I need a new cpu. That sucks.

Thanks for your post.

--------

ryanbob1234,

No actually I play everything fine. I just have a few bucks ....and the newer cards are so affordable. I want to take a few setting from high high to very high maybe. Thanks for the post man.
post #5 of 14
You won't have any problem with that upgrade at all. One piece of advice, though: If you choose the GTX 460, stay away from the 768Mb and the SE versions. They perform well under the 1Gb version of the GTX 460 and usually the price isn't far off at all.
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You won't have any problem with that upgrade at all. One piece of advice, though: If you choose the GTX 460, stay away from the 768Mb and the SE versions. They perform well under the 1Gb version of the GTX 460 and usually the price isn't far off at all.
Uh, the 768 and 1 GB arent that far away in benchmarks. if you are gaming at 1600x900 and under, 768 is fine. but since OP plays at 1080p, he needs 1 gb.
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ddr2 @ 1066 is the least of your worries. not sure if you've oc'd your cpu at all, that was my biggest bottleneck when using a 5850. Running my q6600 I saw bottleneck until I took it to 3.2
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Originally Posted by narabhut View Post
Uh, the 768 and 1 GB arent that far away in benchmarks. if you are gaming at 1600x900 and under, 768 is fine. but since OP plays at 1080p, he needs 1 gb.
I submit they are far enough off in performance that they shouldn't be called the same thing, but that's NVIDIA's fault and not yours. Glad we're on the same page with the 1Gb being the better buy.
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Oh, and Ttown: Welcome to Overclock.net. We'll be very glad to help you, but be prepared for your thread to possibly be moved to a different forum. Generally this sub-forum is for meet and greet purposes only.
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Originally Posted by nugget toes View Post
ddr2 @ 1066 is the least of your worries. not sure if you've oc'd your cpu at all, that was my biggest bottleneck when using a 5850. Running my q6600 I saw bottleneck until I took it to 3.2
I plan on OC ing the cpu a little. I used artic silver5 thermal compound when I installed it and have an antec 300 case with all the fans. But stock heat sink and fan on the cpu.

Also I ve never oc'ed anything ever.

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Originally Posted by kremtok View Post
Oh, and Ttown: Welcome to Overclock.net. We'll be very glad to help you, but be prepared for your thread to possibly be moved to a different forum. Generally this sub-forum is for meet and greet purposes only.
Sorry about that. Hello everyone!
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