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Old January 2, 2010, 04:36 AM
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I own an old PC with a pentium4 2.9GHz,about 1gb of DDr1,an 6600GT and a pittyful Asrock mobo.I am considering to put an 8800GT alpha dog since I will get it out of another PC and I would like to know about how much it will get bottlenecked by the rest of the parts.Will it make a serious difference from the current VGA?My PSU can handle it.

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Old January 2, 2010, 06:57 AM
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I don't think it'll do much good. Even that 6600GT is probably held back some.
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It will give a performance boost but it will be held back. I have upgraded some of my friends computers that had P4 with newer GPUs and they saw a night and day difference. I think you will also see a night and day difference.
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from 6600 to 8800 it's a big step. it's also depends on how you gone pay for that card
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The higher the resolution, the lesser of a bottleneck caused by the CPU. You might as well turn up all the detail as well in your games.

Does your ASRock support PCI-E?
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The higher the resolution, the lesser of a bottleneck caused by the CPU.
That's not true. At higher resolutions the bottleneck is proportionally less compared to the GPU bottleneck, but if you're bottlenecked by the CPU at a lower resolution, you'll still be limited by it just as much at higher ones.
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That's not true. At higher resolutions the bottleneck is proportionally less compared to the GPU bottleneck, but if you're bottlenecked by the CPU at a lower resolution, you'll still be limited by it just as much at higher ones.
Nope check EVERY benchmark.....

Intel Core i7 920 and 965 review
Intel Core i7 920 and 965 review
Intel Core I7 Review Page 9 - Testing: Crysis - Overclockers Club
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor Review - Crysis Warhead - Legit Reviews


I think I have proven that the CPU doesn't matter as much when it comes to high res gaming.

So turn as much eye candy on as possible.
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Nope check EVERY benchmark.....

Intel Core i7 920 and 965 review
Intel Core i7 920 and 965 review
Intel Core I7 Review Page 9 - Testing: Crysis - Overclockers Club
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor Review - Crysis Warhead - Legit Reviews


I think I have proven that the CPU doesn't matter as much when it comes to high res gaming.

So turn as much eye candy on as possible.
Don't be ridiculous. We're not talking about i7s and Core 2s here, we're talking about P4s. As someone who was gaming on a P4 system up until Fall 2008, I can tell you that the CPU will definitely bottleneck gaming performance in more recent games, regardless of the resolution.
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you compare this




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" I own an old PC with a pentium4 2.9GHz, "

the poor pentium 4 will be a huge limiting factor, with the service pack 3, Xp have hard time to run on a Pentium IV,
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I just build a P4 system for my kids with a HD3650 AGP card. That thing does very well in the titles I have run on it. I am limited to a 1024X768 15" LCD and have yet to see any issues with bottlenecks. Need For Speed Most Wanted runs smooth as butter and I can remember having issues with AMD X2's and PCI-E cards like the X800/X1800 and even 7900's.

P4's will limit but high resolutions will benefit for sure. CPU may limit in many current games but not badly enough.

I'd say go for it, you have nothing to lose and you will definitely see some gains. I don't believe for a second that a 6600GT is held back by a P4. Far too much emphasis is placed on synthetic benchmarks that don't tell the real world story.
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