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Did I buy the wrong GPU?

By Coldflood
Sep 24, 2011
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  1. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    Its not drivers, software or anything relating to a bug. Your CPU is causing the GPU to bottleneck unfortunately.

    If your buying new I wouldn't even consider LGA775 platforms now. Not all LGA775 CPU's will probably be compatible, and since the CPU is already light years old, it would be wise to update.

    You need to be looking at a minimum of AMD3, or LGA1156/1366 (i3/5/7 or the newer SandyBridge LGA1155.

    For the same money your GTX570 cost you could get a 6 core AMD Phenom 1055T/1075T, and a motherboard, and 4/8GB RAM.

    A new Intel SandyBridge setup should be possible for around that price as well.
     
  2. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    Forgot about that.
     
  3. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    he's probably right though i've heard intel chips when retrofitted or whatever even though they might have better architecture or fast speed the motherboard will drop the multiplier to a default 6, most of them i think are alot higher then that..
     
  4. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Booster Posts: 902   +39

    A micro ATX board if you plan on keeping your existing case - if it's well ventilated.
     
  5. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    That happen to my friend. He bought a PC from HP, and the motherboard was from Foxconn. His CPU speed should have been 3.2 GHz, but due to the motherboard his CPU has a multiplier of 8 resulting in 1.6GHz.
     
  6. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    its not ventilated, plus i want to play crysis II and stuff on 3d plus idont think any microboards have 2 pci-e x16lanes for SLI
     
  7. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Enthusiast Posts: 233

    Honestly i think its your processor, if not run driver sweeper in safe mode removing all drivers associated with nvidia, and reinstall accordingly. i just had issues with that exact card and it was driver issues for one computer and a bottleneck on the other.
     
  8. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    think i've done that already
     
  9. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    Your talking £40-50 for a Coolermaster HAF912 case, and since you need to upgrade if you want to enjoy the benefits of the new GPU I would strongly advise you replace the case for something considerably more suitable for gaming.

    If that price is too much, there are alternatives for less money that will be just as usable and safe with the latest hardware in terms of cooling.
     
  10. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    sold, but wait.. its only a midcase, you can't sli on a micro can you?
     
  11. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    This mobo.
    It is socket LGA1155
     
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    I think you should worry less about SLI and more about getting a decent CPU.
    What's your budget again?
     
  13. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Don't really have one if i think somethings worth buying ill save up and buy it
     
  14. Coldflood

    Coldflood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25



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