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Vanzagar
11-29-06, 08:41 PM
Was wondering what would be a good fit for my CPU (AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939P), would a 8800 GTS be too much and the CPU be too bottlenecked, or I was thinking maybe a 7950GT or even cheaper for near the same performace the Radeon X1900GT... or are these still too much for my CPU...

I'm willing to spend a bit more if it's worth it but I also don't want to pay for nothing if my CPU is the major bottle neck...

Any advice would be appreciated...

Thanks,

Vanz

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Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 2, with latest updates from windowsupdate.com
Chaintech nVidia nForce4 Ultra Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU, Model "VNF4/Ultra"
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939P, Mushkin 1GB DDR PC-3200, Cas Latency: 2.5-3-3

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Dazz
11-29-06, 09:08 PM
Either the Radeon X1950Pro or the 7950GT would be a good match. Like you said.

Vanzagar
11-29-06, 09:48 PM
So is there any benchmarks or info that shows what cpu starts to bottleneck the 8800's? GTS seems a bit pricey right now but maybe in a little while it would make sense...

Bearclaw
11-29-06, 09:49 PM
So is there any benchmarks or info that shows what cpu starts to bottleneck the 8800's? GTS seems a bit pricey right now but maybe in a little while it would make sense...
I was wondering the same thing. I have a 3200+ and I would think that for sure that the CPU would bottleneck the GPU extremely....

Cyant
11-29-06, 10:31 PM
Even if it bottleneck you don't plan to stay with that CPU for 2 more years right?

When you ipgrade your cpu in 6 month would you like to upgrade your vid card again? Get the GTS it will last you longer while still giving you great performance NOW. I swear some people seem to think that performance will be crap if they are cpu bottlenecked... While in fact it will be faster than any 7900 you can buy now anyway and will continue to be fast when you upgrade your cpu.

sillyeagle
11-29-06, 11:36 PM
Get the GTS for sure. I have a 3700+, although its overclocked, but even with my GTX its a good match.

If you get the GTS you can upgrade your CPU later and not have to do the video card, but if you get a 7950 or something, when you do the CPU you will want to do the video card too. So in the long run you will save by getting the GTS now, plus you reap all the benefits of the G80.

Don't worry too much about a CPU bottleneck. If your CPU runs games fine now, it will run them fine with a GTS, only with the GTS can you get max eye candy.

ant
11-30-06, 01:26 AM
Take a look at GeForce 8800 GTX/8800 GTS Performance with Athlon 64 article: http://firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_8800_gtx_gts_amd_cpu_scaling/

ShinaKitsune
11-30-06, 01:57 AM
I have a 3500+ @2.5ghz and a 8800GTS.
Personally I love it.
I score low in 3dmark06 (6300) but thats synthetic markings :D

Slammin
11-30-06, 02:32 AM
I always buy as much video horsepower as I can afford when I take the plunge. I can almost always get a nice golden cpu that I can overclock the crap out of, and I usually do that, and the fact that gpu has always been my bottleneck for the screen resolution and type of games I play.

grimreefer
11-30-06, 03:24 AM
i would still get an 8800gtx or an r600, but i would definatly put "multicore cpu" on the to-buy list lol. get an athlon x2 or something. arent they crazy cheap nowadays anyway?

Blacklash
12-01-06, 02:01 AM
I have a 3500+ @2.5ghz and a 8800GTS.
Personally I love it.
I score low in 3dmark06 (6300) but thats synthetic markings :D

Exactly. To the OP, OC that CPU to 2.4-2.6 and get a GTS. If you want a dual core get a X2 3800+, a decent aftermarket cooler and OC it. I have seen the later revs of those do up to 3.0GHz or air. If you can't locate one try an Opteron 170.