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Simple enough question. I don't have nearly enough funds to do the rebuild my computer needs, but I'm finding that the 9800GTX+ is having a rough time with newer games. Thinking about a new GPU but not sure if it's gonna prove to be a difference without changing the other components..
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Have you overclocked your CPU at all?
And what resolution are you playing at?

If your gaming @ 1080p with your CPU @ ~3.5ghz then you should just about be okay.
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what he said atleast 3.5 and get a 470(200$) that's better imo. or if you can find a used 480 for around 250-275.
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The Q6600 is stock now, never could get a decent stable overclock so I stopped bothering when I started moving around the country.
I game at 1920 x 1080 primarily..

I never fully understood CPU bottlenecking on a GPU so I'm interested as to why I need to have 'x amount'.
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post #5 of 44
Our quads are roughly the same, and until 2 weeks ago I was using a 9600 GT.

With the 560 I notice cpu bottlenecks only in the very high end dual core games.
This is also due to the high res I play at.

However, for the quad core games you'll enjoy the massive performance increase.

On my Athlon X2 4200 with my 9600 GT I averaged 15 fps in BC2 on medium settings, still unplayable, the simple quad-core upgrade nearly tripled performance on higher settings, then the 560 allowed me to literally play at 1920x1080, 4x AA, 8x anisotropic, Vsync on, and I average 60 fps, I occasionally go down to 55 with lots of explosions. <-- not an exaggeration, I monitor it every time I play, now I'm hooked on the game.


But there is no universal bottleneck or not, your bottleneck is/will only be relative to many things that concern only you and the software you're using. Even where I was already bottlenecked by my 9600 in Crysis, the upgrade to the 560 significantly improved performance so with the new settings I play at my cpu is once again the bottleneck. The performance will vary based on what you do and what you play.

So in other words, your processor being a bottleneck varies upon the resolution, game's optimization, and other factors.

All in all, you wouldn't be wasting money on a 560 and it'll be amazing for the quad core games and most dual core games, I'm enjoying mine.
post #6 of 44
Actually if you OC your chip past 3.3 Ghz on a Q6600 it should not bottleneck a 560ti.

In the link below they did use an HD 5870 and HD 5890. They're getting the same performance from an E8400 (OC'd to 4.4GHz) and a Q9550 (OC'd to 3.7 GHz) as an OC'd Core i7 920. They used DDR-2 RAM at 988 on the E8400 so RAM really shouldn't be bottle necking either.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-overclock,2625-16.html
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post #7 of 44
I really do need to OC my 630 too.
post #8 of 44
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Would there be a significant difference leaving my CPU at stock clocks vs OC'ing it over 3GHz? I'm not an overly fussy gamer and will sacrifice some reflections in-game if it means I can play at a steady, fluid pace..
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post #9 of 44
Gtx 460 SE or Gtx 550 might be the better option if your not overclocking your chip.

It's no great crime to have a slight bottleneck of course, but it's just a waste of power if your card is 'constantly' being held back.
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post #10 of 44
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For what it's worth I do intend to upgrade the rest of my system in due time as I have money to spare (probably at least a year though), I just can't justify nor afford to right now as it still does everything else I need just fine.
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