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Hi all, I'm looking to upgrade my gaming video card. Does anyone know how high-end I can go before I'm bottlednecked by my E5200@4Ghz? I just need a ballpark estimate - nothing scientific
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at 4ghz? i think never.
    
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Originally Posted by -Allen- View Post
at 4ghz? i think never.

It'd bottleneck a 6970 or 6950 I'd imagine. Even a GTX 580/570 would probably be bottlenecked by it.

I suggest a GTX 560 ti or GTX 570 though, just incase you do upgrade your CPU soon.
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You should be good for most cards, but running a game like Crysis, you'll probably still be limited by your CPU. I wouldn't go higher than say a 560 ti for that rig though, unless you're planning on upgrading the CPU and mobo soonish, and with a 22" monitor you probably won't need more than that for a while.
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You should be good for most cards, but running a game like Crysis, you'll probably still be limited by your CPU. I wouldn't go higher than say a 560 ti for that rig though, unless you're planning on upgrading the CPU and mobo soonish, and with a 22" monitor you probably won't need more than that for a while.

Nah, Crysis is a dual core based game.
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