Upgrading computer for a good 1080p resolution

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Hi,

System:
E6400 @ 2.1 GHz => changed cooler (waiting for the thermal paste to put it and O/C)
Kingston 300MHz => PI black g.skill 800MHz 4-4-4-12 (waiting to receive it)
P5B dlx
PSU anthec - i think it is 550W
 

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Are you trying to watch blu-rays or gaming. If you're just watching blu-rays then really most any graphics card will do. Try something like a 4650. If you're gaming, then consider getting one of the new ATI 5000 series. They're supposed to be much better than current models, especially at the lower end.
 

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I have the same cpu as well and I have it overclocked at 2.56. Even overclocked it is a major bottleneck for my 4850, so you should really consider that before you go and buy a major gpu which will be of no difference. Really, with a 5850 for example you're gonna see around the same fps at all resolutions up to 2560x1600.

OK, maybe I exaggerate, but it's true that our processor, even if it's oced, is a bottleneck for a medium-high card like thr 4850
 

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@carpenter

The E6400 is overclockable to 3.2GHz. It really depends what kind of game you play. Some require more than 2 cores, faster FSB or frequency. In the case of the E6400, it has only 2 cores thus I won't invest more than 250$ for a G/C because it's just going to be a waste.

@jaguarskx Well, I'll wait one more day I think xD.
 

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That's what I am saying. Even $250 is too much, since a 4850 is a bottleneck. Really, if you can achieve the 3.2 (I couldn't; even at 2.56 the voltage is higher than I would like it to be), then the 4850 would be just right. Any better and it would just be overkill. Maybe you should just wait a few weeks for the 5770.
 

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+1 to that, even for watching movies.

but its tough to recommend G.card without knowing what you want to use your rig mainly for?
 

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@sid Gaming - that's why I upgrade it.

BTW, I'd like to see a link carpenter b/c your source(s) seem(s) to not be really fiable.
Why do I say that?
I don't know if you take in consideration that some game are more CPU demanding than some. Same thing for the G/C. I think it really depends what kind of game you play, what is your resolution, etc. It's sure that a good system in 1920x1080 may sucks at 2560x1600, but you simply can't generalise for every situation.
I may be wrong, but I think that 3.2GHz is suffisant for actual bottom line G/Cs.
 

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I can't give you any links, because I am speaking of my own experience. I have an E6400 and a 4850 and it is NEVER used at its full speed. I think only Crysis has taken it to 100%. When I benchmark with gpu-z, which shows you what percentage of your card is used, it is around 50-80% all the time, while the cpu usage approaches 100% (for one core or two cores, depending on the game; I still play some games that have minimal or no multicore support like TF2 and NW2).

I told you that I have oc'ed my E6400 to 2.56. I do believe however that if you manage to OC it to 3.2, then a 4850 or a 4870 should not be a bottleneck, especially at your resolution.

I play at 1440x900 and with some games I get low fps. Crysis with a mix of mid-high settings, I get 25-40 fps (lower in a really heavy battle). In TF2 depending on the situation I get from 35 to 140. I used to get 20 before overclocking.

Anyway, I am not saying you should buy a 4850 and nothing better (I am not that pleased with my card; ever since I got it it idles at around 70 degrees). DX11 comes out, so it would be wise to go with a 5xxx, especially if you plan on getting Windows 7. I am just saying that with your cpu (and mine, remember that), there is no way that the graphics card is going to be used at its full capacity. That's why I suggested the 5770. If it's any good, it sounds ideal for your system.

In any case, I hope you enjoy your purchase.