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I bought a GTX460 1GB for a really good price($120 CAD after taxes/rebate) and was planning on passing it onto my friend for a bargain in the near future (after I finally get my SLI GTX 590's... )

He has an old Core2Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz with 2GB of memory and a 9500GS 512MB running 1920x1080 resolution for:

-Mass Effect 2
-Fallout New Vegas
-Adobe Premiere & After Effects
-3D game design and animations (in a few months)

I know his cpu will bottleneck the $&#@ out of the 460 but how bad is it exactly? Would it help much if it were overclocked to say 3.2GHz? Or is it just a lost cause and he should just build a new system?
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He's going to want maximum cpu speed. The higher the better. Overclock that thing as far as it will go. Either that or have to build a new rig.
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Even with his CPU at stock, that 460 will be a massive improvement....
 
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The higher the overclock the better - he should see some pretty good frame rate improvements.
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I bought a GTX460 1GB for a really good price($120 CAD after taxes/rebate) and was planning on passing it onto my friend for a bargain in the near future (after I finally get my SLI GTX 590's... )

He has an old Core2Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz with 2GB of memory and a 9500GS 512MB running 1920x1080 resolution for:

-Mass Effect 2
-Fallout New Vegas
-Adobe Premiere & After Effects
-3D game design and animations (in a few months)

I know his cpu will bottleneck the $&#@ out of the 460 but how bad is it exactly? Would it help much if it were overclocked to say 3.2GHz? Or is it just a lost cause and he should just build a new system?
If his E6300 is a good chip, and he has a motherboard that is good at overclocking, you can get some epic speeds out of an E6300.

Here's an overclock from my old E6300. Sadly that motherboard died.
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yeah, Overclock it to like 3.0-3.3ghz and you'll be fine, I have a couple of those chips and they are still running without any problems at 3.3ghz.
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I've never overclocked a 775 board before, is it anything like the 1156 boards? And I'm assuming stock cooling will not be enough for a 3.0+ overclock.
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