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Hello everyone, I recently decided to upgrade my PC, and I would like to know if these are good results considering its specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 3,2 GHz
2x1 + 1x1 Novatech DDR2 RAM in Single-Channel
ASUS P5QC
Sapphire ATi Radeon 6950 2GB @ 840 MHz GPU Clock - 1325 MHz Memory Clock - +20% PowerControl
19" LG Monitor - 1280 x 1024 (I know, small screen, but I don't care about high resolutions )
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Benchmarks:
3DMark 11 - Perfomance Preset - 4850 3DMarks (GPU only)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Everything on High, 8xAA, 16xAF, HBAO off, VSync off - 45-75 FPS

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to test it exhaustively, but I'll probably have more benchmarks done later today (most likely Crysis Warhead and Far Cry 2)

Thank you for reading, and have a nice day
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For such a powerful card your really killing it with that resolution, not only is your CPU a huge bottleneck at that res, but you wasted all that money on a GPU that is capable of so much more.
    
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@OP

You'll need to completely max everything out in every game (absolute max possible) to render good use of your GPU.

Any tweaks that can improve the image quality, highest AA possible with ATI (32x or 64x w/ Nvidia if I remember correctly), tweaking the game for improved detailing, anything to help offload more of the work to your GPU instead of your CPU.

The reason for this is mainly because of the resolution.

    
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Thanks for the answers guys, I'll just save for a new monitor then.
However, I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. The reason I use such a small monitor (besides not caring for high resolutions) is because I wanted to be able to play every game maxed out for the last 2-3 years. Do you think that gaming with eye candy will be possible at 1920 x 1080 (no AA, if necessary) in the future with my card?

Thanks for the answers, see you later

P.S: Is there any way to force 32x/64x AA with my card? CCC only appears to have 16x AA.
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I doubt you'll notice anything beyond 16x.
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Methos07:
The guys told me that at such a small resolution, my CPU is a bottleneck. I imagine that by raising the AA I'll put more stress on the GPU
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Originally Posted by Chipliz View Post
Thanks for the answers guys, I'll just save for a new monitor then.
However, I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. The reason I use such a small monitor (besides not caring for high resolutions) is because I wanted to be able to play every game maxed out for the last 2-3 years. Do you think that gaming with eye candy will be possible at 1920 x 1080 (no AA, if necessary) in the future with my card?

Thanks for the answers, see you later

P.S: Is there any way to force 32x/64x AA with my card? CCC only appears to have 16x AA.
Will you be able to max any game in the next 3 years on the card at 1920x1080? No. Will you use it to it's full extend at 1280x1024? No.

Your biggest problem will be that your CPU will bottleneck you in certain games even when you max them out no matter what resolution you use. I have a mate with a Q8200, believe me, I know what those CPU's can do and it's not a lot compared to the monster of a GPU you have.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/25/11 at 1:55pm
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Will you be able to max any game in the next 3 years on the card at 1920x1080? No. Will you use it to it's full extend at 1280x1024? No.

Your biggest problem will be that your CPU will bottleneck you in certain games even when you max them out no matter what resolution you use.
Thanks mate, that's exactly what I wanted to know. Maybe I'll start saving for another 6950 when I buy the monitor, but time will tell
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Thanks mate, that's exactly what I wanted to know. Maybe I'll start saving for another 6950 when I buy the monitor, but time will tell
I promise you one thing. You'll never get that second 6950 used if you only use the C2Q. Not even on a high res monitor. Ideally, you'll want to upgrade CPU and monitor next. Then you can look around for more GPU power.
I've just been in your situation although both my CPU and GPU were weaker (C2D and my HD 5850) and the i5 I got has given me FPS increases upwards of 150 to 200% in certain games, and that's not at a low res, that's at 1920x1200. You'll need a new CPU if you get more GPU power.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/25/11 at 1:59pm
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Will you be able to max any game in the next 3 years on the card at 1920x1080? No. Will you use it to it's full extend at 1280x1024? No.

Your biggest problem will be that your CPU will bottleneck you in certain games even when you max them out no matter what resolution you use. I have a mate with a Q8200, believe me, I know what those CPU's can do and it's not a lot compared to the monster of a GPU you have.
Truth.
This is the reason that I upgraded to 1155 AND bought a new GPU instead of just installing a new GPU on my E8400. Now my trusty old C2D sits next to me for family use, still happily chugging along at 4GHz.
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