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I'm trying to avoid upgrading my mobo, cpu and ram ... however at the same time, I'm wondering whether there is any reason to believe that my CPU may bottleneck me.

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OC it to 4GHz just to be on the safe side
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I really don't think so. The only thing that is bottlenecking your gaming rig is the HD. Get a capable SSD drive and your set for awhile longer.

Oh, and I know what you mean about the CPU bottlenecking you
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I'm trying to avoid upgrading my mobo, cpu and ram ... however at the same time, I'm wondering whether there is any reason to believe that my CPU may bottleneck me.

Any thoughts?
The term is often misunderstood and misused around here, but since you asked, yes. What you're asking is if a 2500k at 5ghz and your video card would get the same results as your cpu with your video card and the answer is no. So yes, your cpu will lower the possible performance of the video card. With that said, will it work great together? Yes.
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I really don't think so. The only thing that is bottlenecking your gaming rig is the HD. Get a capable SSD drive and your set for awhile longer.

Oh, and I know what you mean about the CPU bottlenecking you
Other than loading games quicker, why is a lack of an SSD holding me back?
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Other than loading games quicker, why is a lack of an SSD holding me back?
Its not even about loading games quicker. Its loading all applications quicker, using less energy and most importantly windows startup and shutdown are waaaay faster. In summary everything is more snappier. There isn't a more significant upgrade to a computer as a whole than an ssd. I promise you that.
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Your q9550 is fine. If you game at 1080p+ resolutions your cpu wont be as big of an impact as some may have you believe.
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Its not even about loading games quicker. Its loading all applications quicker, using less energy and most importantly windows startup and shutdown are waaaay faster. In summary everything is more snappier. There isn't a more significant upgrade to a computer as a whole than an ssd. I promise you that.
Ok cool, that still isn't a bottleneck.

A bottleneck would be having a P4 processor and a 6990. The P4 will hold the gpu back from performing at its best. A hard drive will not prevent a 6990 from performing its best.
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Ok cool, that still isn't a bottleneck.

A bottleneck would be having a P4 processor and a 6990. The P4 will hold the gpu back from performing at its best. A hard drive will not prevent a 6990 from performing its best.
I know what bottleneck is

Your HD is definitely bottlenecking windows OS as a whole.
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