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Is a q6600 too small for a GTX?

post #1 of 13
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I'm thinking of upgrading my video card in my dell xps420 from a oc'd 8800gt to a new GTX card.

worried about bottlenecking and so forth... am I wasting time?

can't really afford a whole new computer right now, but I could get a bad ass video card.
post #2 of 13
there are tons of GTX cards available, but if you have your chip above 3.6ghz then you should be fine with something like a GTX 460.
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
there are tons of GTX cards available, but if you have your chip above 3.6ghz then you should be fine with something like a GTX 460.
This. It just depends on what GTX card your getting, a GTX 580 for example would be too much, but a 9800GTX wouldn't be a problem, you could prolly go up to a 470.
post #4 of 13
I'm running my Q6600 at 3.5Ghz right now and my GPU usage in pretty much every game I've used (Crysis, Crysis:warhead, Mafia 2, Just Cause 2) to test thus far show my GPU at 99% usage.

99-100% GPU usage =/= bottleneck.

However, many members report around a 25% increase in fps by moving over to the new tech. So....YMMV.
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post #5 of 13
why not a 460?
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post #6 of 13
not a waste, but bottleneck yes.

I run 3.2 / 3.4 on my q6600 and especially in games that are not quad compatible there will be a bottleneck. but you will still have smooth fps.

On games that are quad compatible like bad company 2 it runs great. escpecially with high resolution.
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post #7 of 13
I support a GTX 460 decision. It will still be a huge boost in performance and for the cost the bottleneck wouldn't be terrible.
 
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I punched a GTX 560 2gb into my calculator and it made a smiley face Cave Johnson
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post #9 of 13
I didn't realise how much the Q6600@4Ghz bottlenecked both GTX460 & GTX295 until I went SB@5Ghz, got a solid %20-%40 FPS increase by changing platforms.
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post #10 of 13
If you make 3.6, 560 Ti. I just finished a 3.6Ghz C2Q/560 Ti for a family member, very good pairing for gaming.
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