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Is my Q6600 bottlenecking?

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I've been playing Saints Row 3 recently and I have been getting really poor frame rate especially during night/when driving/fighting (so pretty much all the time!). I have put everything to minimum/off but it's still choppy (goes below 30fps when driving). I was planning to upgrading when Ivy Bridge is out but I'm not too sure I can wait 4 months, also getting pretty bad frame rates in Skyrim with 20-30fps on medium.

So yeah I was wondering how much my Q6600 is bottlenecking? If it is? My PC is a bit dodgy as I am only able to overclock it to 2.6ghz before it becomes unstable.

Would I get a nice performance boost if I upgrade to a 2500k?

Thanks in advance smile.gif

Edit:
Q6600 @2.6ghz
6950 2GB unlocked to 6970 900mhz
4gb 800mhz DDR2
Edited by Arfe - 1/8/12 at 4:50pm
post #2 of 9
Yes
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post #3 of 9
Yep, you'd get a nice boost, but you failed to tell us what GPU you are running...

You can have an awesome processor, but if you lack the GPU power, you'll still get poor framerates.
post #4 of 9
running 1920x1080 on some games i average about 50% GPU usage on SLI GTX 460's using a q6600. Black Ops i run about 75-80% GPU usage but that is not a very taxing game.
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post #5 of 9
Clocks? GPU?

Fill in your rig specs.
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post your specs
    
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post #7 of 9
Some games are proven more CPU hungry than others on my Q6600

I have SLI 470s, they get 90+% usage on Crysis 2 Single Player @ 1080p. but get about 60% in BF3 Multiplayer.

Suggest upgrading to 2500k and keep the Q6600 as a spare system.
    
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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses, sorry I thought I had posted my GPU . It's an early 6950 unlocked to a 6970 @ 900mhz core/1375 memory. 4gb of DDR2 800mhz memory + an average ASrock motherboard I can get the name of if needed.
Edited by Arfe - 1/8/12 at 4:50pm
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If you can hit 3.6GHz, you'll be much better, but you'll still do alot better throwing even a stock 2500K under there. I'd want more CPU for a 6970.
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