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Try playing a game without vsync on and without an fps cap, like the witcher. If your gpu's are not running at close to 100%, then you have a bottleneck.

Honestly, if you oc that processor of yours, you shouldn't have a problem with a single 480. However, don't even try to sli anything worth sli'ing with that cpu, you will have a bottleneck.

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Why are you so paranoid of a 'having a bottleneck' from your cpu? No matter what, if you crank up the IQ settings (like you should), you can alleviate it, and if you can't, it'll nearly always be because you're running at a very high fps anyways.

I wouldn't worry that much w/that CPU, esp. if you get it up to 3.6 (surprised you can't hit 4.0, actually ... is that one of the earlier steppings?) with any single card setup.

I mean, sure, you won't hang w/i7's on 3dMark06 (or even Vantage Performance), but on something new/challenging, DX11, with some AA at 1920 res or more ... you're going to get a very nice boost in your max playable settings by upgrading the card even if the CPU bottlenecks your perf a bit from time to time.

I mean, do you really care that much if you get 90fps and someone w/an i7 gets 110fps on some old game or bench, running at 1280x1024?
    
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
Why are you so paranoid of a 'having a bottleneck' from your cpu? No matter what, if you crank up the IQ settings (like you should), you can alleviate it, and if you can't, it'll nearly always be because you're running at a very high fps anyways.

I wouldn't worry that much w/that CPU, esp. if you get it up to 3.6 (surprised you can't hit 4.0, actually ... is that one of the earlier steppings?) with any single card setup.

I mean, sure, you won't hang w/i7's on 3dMark06 (or even Vantage Performance), but on something new/challenging, DX11, with some AA at 1920 res or more ... you're going to get a very nice boost in your max playable settings by upgrading the card even if the CPU bottlenecks your perf a bit from time to time.

I mean, do you really care that much if you get 90fps and someone w/an i7 gets 110fps on some old game or bench, running at 1280x1024?
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