Will E7400 hold back GTX570?

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  1. saguran

    saguran Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    I want to get GTX570 or a GTX560ti, but I still have a relative old system:

    Intel E7400 2.8Ghz
    4Gb DDR2-800
    Gigabyte Odin 580W
    23" at 1920x1080

    Will the rest of the system hold the the new GPU back? I'm planning a complete mobo/cpu/ram upgrade later but don't have enough money at the moment. Just want to get the GPU now since I'm struggling to play some of the new games :/


    Thanks :)
     
  2. Saad

    Saad Master Guru

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    yes definitely..although you could easily overclock that cpu to around 3.6 to 3.8 ghz...that would certainly help
     
  3. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Most definetly.. Try to oc it to 3.2-3.6ghz if you can.
     
  4. saguran

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    Cool thanks, I've tried overclocking before, but I'm still a bit scared of breaking something, got it to 3.3Ghz stable once. The GPU will just be a temporary solution anyway, as long as I can play the games (doesn't need to be ultra high settings) but all the new games struggle to run even on low :/
     

  5. Agent-A01

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    Thats what happens as technology grows and games get more demanding :p
     
  6. saguran

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    Yeah, it's very annoying if you're on a student budget :p
     
  7. Corrupt^

    Corrupt^ Ancient Guru

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    Well it'll be bottlenecked like hell, but if it's any comfort, the most important part to upgrade is still the gfx card.
     
  8. ---TK---

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    even at 4ghz it will still be a good bottleneck for sure. quad optimized games will chug. cpu dependent games wont run well. gpu dependent games will run just ok
     
  9. dcx_badass

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    My E6500 holds back my 8800GT in BF3. Well it crashes with the CPU at a solid 100% anyway, even at 3.5ghz.
     
  10. Kaleid

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    I would try to get out 3.8Ghz or so from the e7400.
     

  11. wariord

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    My friends E7300 is at 3.7ghz and only hits mid 60s full load. Push that cpu, its old and needs an upgrade anyways. crank the volts and push it to 3.8ghz or more. If it breaks, it needed upgrading anyways.
     
  12. clawhamer

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    Could be the reason he doesn’t want to take a chance...

    oc’n that ol’ girl to 4ghz would give you minimal return in performance, it’s time has passed. The money saved now would be better spent on an entire upgrade down the road...



    Between the 560 and the 570, go with the cheapest...
     
  13. Pill Monster

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    I agree with this.

    My dual core Athlon II bottlenecks my 6950 in a few games, especially Crysis2 and BF3 where both cores sit at 100% load the entire time I'm playing.
    Regardless, the 6950 still outperforms my old 8800GTX even though it's bottlenecked by the CPU.

    So just overclock that E7400 as far as possible then go and buy the GTX 570, it'll still perform better than your 9800..

    Actually I see you run 1920x1080 resolution, in that case the bottleneck may not be so bad...
     
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  14. elite69

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    if you want to play games like assassins creed brotherhood splinter cell conviction o well even my cpu guet my gtx 260 only using 67 68 of gpu usage even with this oc
     
  15. davetheshrew

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    that e7xx will hold you back a tonne man, try something like a q9550 if you dont want to change platform..even a q6600 would be better oc'd.
     

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    ^ I agree, if you don't have the money or want to spend minimal, the q6600 is still a pretty decent processor Nd shouldn't bottleneck you
     
  17. okano666

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    overclock the FSB not the CPU - depending on your mobo you might be able to un sync them, is the multiplyer unlocked on those chips ?

    Either way overclock the FSB which im guess is around 1333 on those chips, thats your bottleneck.

    But no matter how high you manage to take it, its still going to bottleneck - that card wants an i5/i7 to unlock its full potential. Simply because the way it works QPI is more than twice the power
     
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    q6600 is still going to bottleneck, pritty much the same FSB speed as the processor he has. I think only the 9770x has 1600FSB speed and even then it will still bottleneck that card.
     
  19. Nemes1s

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    I had an Intel Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz before this processor, and it held back a single GTX560Ti. I think you should definitely upgrade. The old 775 CPU's just aren't fast enough for the new cards.

    The problem you will see the most is your GPU utilization. Many games will not use more than 50-60% of your GPU if you have a CPU bottleneck.
     
  20. saguran

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, sorry I took so long to get back to the post, I thought it would bottleneck.

    This is just a temporary solution for the moment until I can afford the mobo/cpu upgrade. The reason I'm going for the GPU now is that some games on my resolution is unplayable, I'm sure the upgrade will at least get me to play the games, even if it's only at medium/high, which doesn't bother me too much.

    My father is in Russia now and he can get the GPU for me for a good price, much cheaper than here in SA, so I thought it would be the best component to upgrade at the moment.
     

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