Originally Posted by immortal143
bottle neck it?
not the most computer lingo savvy
It means that card outperforms the rest of the pieces of hardware in your computer by a lot. So what happens is it can't be used to its full potential, because your processor can only operate at a certain speed/do a certain number of calculations/minute.
Imagine this scenario:
"Your on a 12 lane highway. Traffic moves really fast because their are so many lanes for traffic to flow through. Now imagine somewhere down the road all 12 lanes merge into one lane. Traffic slows down significantly, since all the cars have to merge to fit into that one smaller lane. And all the cars get backed up and must slow down, because the fastest they can go is as fast as the cars in the one lane in front of them, even though there are 12 lanes available to travel in."
To an exaggerated extent, your current computer is like a 1 lane highway. That graphics card is a super-12-lane-highway. Although its great, the rest of your computer isn't good enough to take full advantage of it.
So buying it would essentially be a waste.
Also check if your motherboard is AGP or PCI-E. AGP is older, and found on older motherboards. It is physically a different size then PCI-E. PCI-E is newer, and operates faster. So if you have an AGP motherboard you cannot buy that PCI-E gfx card. Because it will not physically fit.