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deciding on a cpu and video card

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by dragnandy, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Waymon3X6

    Waymon3X6 Regular member

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    The 3870 is more powerful than the 3850 just because it is... Not sure exactly why. Probably the architecture/higher clock speeds. Why is the 8800GTX faster than the 8600?

    I dont think you would be able to clock a 3850 to be faster than a 3870 without doing a volt mod, and you wont be able to go that high with the small cooler on the 3850.
     
  2. dragnandy

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    alright thanks. how much more of an increase can i get in clockspeed if i overclock a card?
     
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    Not much. Overclocking may only add about 5fps onto games with 100MHz added. Probably with a stock cooler, I would say about an extra 50Mhz on the Core and maybe 80-100Mhz on the vram max.
     
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    Typically the stock cooler doesn't affect how far you can overclock unless you're voltmodding, which I do not recommend. How far you can overclock a 3800 is more down to luck of the draw, but since a 3850 is pretty much an underclocked 3870, you should fare well with it.
     
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    well if it wont do much, i think ill stick to overclocking the cpu rather than the video card.
     
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    There's no reason not to do it, but by the same token there's not much reason to do it either.
     

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