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Old 12-27-2011, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Motherboard/cpu will be the limiting factor...so what's my best "bet" for a graphics card upgrade?

Hey all,
I built my PC about 5 years ago, but recently my graphics card, (GeForce 7900gs), bit the dust.

I'm not looking to rebuild the whole rig, just replace the card with as good a card, ($200-$300?), as the Motherboard/CPU will allow for as I'm assuming they will now be the bottle neck. I don't do a ton of PC gaming, but as I work in the industry, I do like to play some games on it.

My current configuration is:
Core2 Duo 4.5
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
2gb ddr2
500w Power Supply
Windows 7

Any advice/thoughts is appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Motherboard/cpu will be the limiting factor...so what's my best "bet" for a graphics card upgrade?

that's quite the overclock on that core 2 duo.
I'd just get a new video card.
sure cpu will hold you back, but probably not as much as you think it would.

I present exhibit A;
Benchmark Results: CPU Scaling : Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
very tiny differences between a dual core and quad core cpu on intel side.

conclusion;
a dual core is still very viable for gaming.
and your motherboard have a pcie 2.0 slot, so that won't hold back your video card at all.
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that's quite the overclock on that core 2 duo.
I'd just get a new video card.
sure cpu will hold you back, but probably not as much as you think it would.

I present exhibit A;
Benchmark Results: CPU Scaling : Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
very tiny differences between a dual core and quad core cpu on intel side.

conclusion;
a dual core is still very viable for gaming.
and your motherboard have a pcie 2.0 slot, so that won't hold back your video card at all.
Appreciate the info!

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