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So I have been told that my PSU is sufficient to run a 6970 or a gtx 580.

Now I run into the problem of my CPU possibly bottlenecking said VGA cards... So what do you guys think?
 
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EDIT I stand corrected.
Edited by onoz - 4/29/11 at 11:54am
 
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Pile on as many settings as you can and try to push more stress on the GPU.
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There are people that will say that it *will* bottleneck. However, the term "bottleneck" is thrown around here a little too liberally.

In my honest opinion, your CPU is damn fine for any single GPU and most dual GPU setups. Yes, a faster CPU will make it a little bit faster in the end, but you will get way more than playable (constant 60+, unless we're talking about Crysis) FPS with your CPU.

So in the end, the answer is no. A real bottleneck, to me, is a serious disparity in performance between 2 or more components, which doesn't happen in your case.

Enjoy your system, it's a great one.
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My personal opinion is don’t spend your hard earned money on a CPU upgrade now, wait until the FX series come out, then buy a new board and an FX CPU.

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Originally Posted by PanicProne;13320856 
There are people that will say that it *will* bottleneck. However, the term "bottleneck" is thrown around here a little too liberally.

In my honest opinion, your CPU is damn fine for any single GPU and most dual GPU setups. Yes, a faster CPU will make it a little bit faster in the end, but you will get way more than playable (constant 60+, unless we're talking about Crysis) FPS with your CPU.

So in the end, the answer is no. A real bottleneck, to me, is a serious disparity in performance between 2 or more components, which doesn't happen in your case.

Enjoy your system, it's a great one.

Depends on his resolution, run it low enough and the cpu gets taxed and it will be a bottleneck. But that is easily averted by raising the resolution to a point where the gpu is the bottleneck. Seesaw scale for bottleneck, you could say... more or less what jellis said.
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With that X4 955 @ 3.7Ghz and a resoltion of 1920x1080, it will not bottleneck a single HD6970 for sure wink.gif

2 of them, then that would be a different story where bottleneck would be very important, but on a single HD6970, no.
    
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