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I noticed an improvement running my Q6600 @ 3.0 versus stock. I see a bit more increase in performance when I run it @ 3.6, but it is pretty negligible. My 470 is chugging along just fine. If you can oc to around 3 ish GHz, then you should be good to go, even at stock though its not that bad unless you are a benchmark junkie or something. As far as games go, a gpu upgrade provides a nice boost especially at the higher resolutions.
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Calling it now. Q6600 is dead. I loved mine for 4 years straight but even a 3.6 it doesnt hold a candle to the new stuff. 2500K is the new Q6600.
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q6600 at 3.7ghz with a 460 at 925 core, I get no bottlenecking and 80-100 FPS in bc2

q6600 still games well at 3.6ghz and above
    
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Originally Posted by PARTON;13441484 
480's for 225 in the ocn marketplace.

Shhhh.... that's mine I'll be purchasing that tomorrow thumb.gif

Also, I'll be upgrading my tri-sli 9800gtx+'s to a gtx 480 this weekend, and I really expect no benchmark difference (other then I can do dx11 benches) but to have a lot better ingame fps due to no microstutter from sli or anything of the sort.

Now my q6600 is running 24/7 @ 3.9ghz so I don't think the 480 will bottleneck it (specially not @ 1680x1050)

Best thing to do would be to get that q6600 overclocked as high as you can and then get the best card for your budget.
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One thing that people dont seem to understand is that a Q6600 and a new high end GPU is not a good combo in any situation. Newer games and newer hardware is aimed at newer CPU architecture. No matter how high you can overclock a Q6600 or Q6700, it will still bottleneck a high end GPU in some cases. I guarantee anyone using one of these CPUs who think they have reached the point of "no bottlenecking", when you do eventually get a new CPU you will see significant FPS increase.
    
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Originally Posted by Kirby1;13491417 
One thing that people dont seem to understand is that a Q6600 and a new high end GPU is not a good combo in any situation. Newer games and newer hardware is aimed at newer CPU architecture. No matter how high you can overclock a Q6600 or Q6700, it will still bottleneck a high end GPU in some cases. I guarantee anyone using one of these CPUs who think they have reached the point of "no bottlenecking", when you do eventually get a new CPU you will see significant FPS increase.

Well I'll let you know tomorrow, I'm going to be putting in a gtx 480 in my machine and keeping one of my 9800gtx+'s for physx only. So, I'll let you know if I notice a difference. I'm quite sure I will.
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I went from a q6600 3.6 to current SB machine and i gotta say: the minimum fps dips and average went wayyyyy up. I can play Tf2 32 player servers with no dips into the 40s now. Very happy.
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Hi Guys,

I'd be interested in your learned opinions as I have a similar(ish) rig and was wondering how to go about updating in the best way.

Currently I have:

Q6600 with a small overclock to 2.65ghz - I've tried to go further, but I only have generic memory (6GB of it) and from what I've read, going any further on my mobo (Asus P5N-e sli) requires some serious tinkering.

Dual 8800GTX in SLI - standard clock speeds.

While I could just about squeeze together enough to go for a new I5 2500K with a single 560Ti or similar, I'd really rather upgrade just the one (i.e CPU OR GPU) if doing so will give me a reasonable bump in performance. I can then upgrade the second thing in 12 months time, when I can get more bang for my buck.

I appreciate that only upgrading one will mean that it is bottlenecked to a certain extent, but as long as I still see a noticeable improvement in FPS in games like BFBC2 and Witcher 2 then I can live with the fact that I'm not quite getting the most out of it.

Having done some investigation, it would seem I would be better off upgrading the graphics card first and then the mobo/cpu later, rather than vice-versa - is that right do you reckon?

Looking at the results on 3dmark.com, a Q6600 with a single 560ti gets approx 20fps better than a Q6600 with dual 8800gtx, and actually a core I5 2500k with an 8800GTX (single or dual) somehow gets a lower FPS than Q6600 (which is one of the reasons I'm not sure I can trust it)

If I do go the graphics card, will I actually see a real performance increase do you think?

Or would I just be better off saving for another 6 months and buying it all together then (and struggle on with low frame rates until then?)

I'd welcome and all opinions.

Thanks.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by woffle99;13560404 
Hi Guys,

I'd be interested in your learned opinions as I have a similar(ish) rig and was wondering how to go about updating in the best way.

Currently I have:

Q6600 with a small overclock to 2.65ghz - I've tried to go further, but I only have generic memory (6GB of it) and from what I've read, going any further on my mobo (Asus P5N-e sli) requires some serious tinkering.

Dual 8800GTX in SLI - standard clock speeds.

While I could just about squeeze together enough to go for a new I5 2500K with a single 560Ti or similar, I'd really rather upgrade just the one (i.e CPU OR GPU) if doing so will give me a reasonable bump in performance. I can then upgrade the second thing in 12 months time, when I can get more bang for my buck.

I appreciate that only upgrading one will mean that it is bottlenecked to a certain extent, but as long as I still see a noticeable improvement in FPS in games like BFBC2 and Witcher 2 then I can live with the fact that I'm not quite getting the most out of it.

Having done some investigation, it would seem I would be better off upgrading the graphics card first and then the mobo/cpu later, rather than vice-versa - is that right do you reckon?

Looking at the results on 3dmark.com, a Q6600 with a single 560ti gets approx 20fps better than a Q6600 with dual 8800gtx, and actually a core I5 2500k with an 8800GTX (single or dual) somehow gets a lower FPS than Q6600 (which is one of the reasons I'm not sure I can trust it)

If I do go the graphics card, will I actually see a real performance increase do you think?

Or would I just be better off saving for another 6 months and buying it all together then (and struggle on with low frame rates until then?)

I'd welcome and all opinions.

Thanks.

I just went from tri-sli 9800gtx+'s to a single gtx 480 + 9800gtx+ for physx only. And I can tell you I noticed a big difference in average/minimum fps. It went up about 2-3 times higher then my previous setup.

I highly recommend getting a new gpu and then trying to oc that q6600 a good bit.
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I have a Q9550 @ 3.8GHz and a HD 5870 1GB (about equivalent to a GTX 560 Ti) in one of my back up rigs and I do not experience any bottleneck at 1920x1080.
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