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I have a friend who is running a E6300 (Conroe) clocked at 3.4GHz with 4GB of DDR2 and a 8800GTS 320MB.

I know that the CPU is old, but does anyone have an idea as to which card he could get before he runs into the CPU being the bottleneck?
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Can he get that clock any higher?

What resolution and games?
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Can he get that clock any higher?

What resolution and games?
3.4 is pretty much the max due to voltage and FSB limit of the motherboard. Off the top of my head, he is currently playing Bad Company 2 and his screen resolution is 1680x1050.
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I would say a 460 would be about as high as he could go, but something like BFBC2 thrives on a quad core from my experience, so If I were him I would get a 560 and then slowly upgrade the rest of my system
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I think something like a 5850 xtreme would quite nice,
but in games like BC2 the CPU will hold it quite a bit...

but it would still be a great upgrade from his current card and it's not that expensive anyway,

my CPU performs around the same as his, and I moved from a 9600GT (on par with a 8800GTS 320) to a HD5750 (MUCH slower than a 5850) and still noticed a nice improvement in some games, and in most games I'm still more GPU limited than CPU limited.
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