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This is for a friend who's on very tight budget, he has a Gateway with a Q8200 (2.33Ghz Quad), he cannot overclock since its a proprietary PC. He wants to get a 5770 for BF3, but I think that processor may bottleneck it. What do you think?

Note: The computer does have a 6-pin and and PCIE 2 slot.
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Depends on the res and settings he is running. I do not think it would as long as he has enough physical memory to keep it all running smooth. Also be sure his PSU will handle the GPU upgrade.
    
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On higher resolutions, the CPU is used less.
    
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He'll be playing at 1080p
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I'd be more concerned about the PSU...
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The slow clock speed mixed with the slow GPU would certainly show its age. It should handle BF3 just fine on medium-ish settings as a complete guess. I haven't checked the system requirements of BF3, or if they even exist yet. But it SHOULD be able to at least play the game.

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And why worry about the PSU? Most OEM machines come with a solid 250-300w PSU. More than enough for the planned upgrade.
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And why worry about the PSU? Most OEM machines come with a solid 250-300w PSU. More than enough for the planned upgrade.
I hope that was sarcasm.
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I hope that was sarcasm.
It's true actually... And a good 250-300w can power that rig with no problems
    
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Wasn't the coding of BFBC2 pretty cpu intensive. If BF3 is coded on a simular engine from frostbite-->frostbite 2 engine. Then i would think that the game may exibit some bottle neck.

The cpu is pretty mid tier. However paired with a 5770 im sure he would be fine with it gaming at 1600x900 at mid settings low AA and AF
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