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Im currently running a q6600 at 3.2ghz.. and thats the absolute highest stable clock i can achive on my board.. im able to get 98% GPU usage with settings on high so i know im cpu isnt really bottlenecking my GPU in single mode, im considering buying another gtx 460 v2 to run in SLI mode. Just wondering with the 3.2ghz cap would it even be worth buying another 460 to run in SLI mode?
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if it's cheap, go for it, if all else fails you can just sell it again.
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post #3 of 11
maybe a little bottleneck but nothing to serious
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post #4 of 11
bottlenecking at least in the traditional sense is a myth anyways. for programs like games that a gpu intensive people assume better gpu = better performance. but this isn't always the case as to some degree it may still rely on the cpu for other parts of the work and your gpu is powering the application sufficiently. so unless your working with totally mismatched parts you shouldn't run into performance degradation with the card itself just the cpu or ram intensive parts of the process may be slower. this becomes even more pronounced when in an sli configuration as scaling support is different from game to game witch may lead to the assumption of a bottle-necked gpu set up. i say go for it your cpu is good for what it is and you will see an improvement in games that have good scaling.
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Originally Posted by michaelcat41 View Post

bottlenecking at least in the traditional sense is a myth anyways. for programs like games that a gpu intensive people assume better gpu = better performance. but this isn't always the case as to some degree it may still rely on the cpu for other parts of the work and your gpu is powering the application sufficiently. so unless your working with totally mismatched parts you shouldn't run into performance degradation with the card itself just the cpu or ram intensive parts of the process may be slower. this becomes even more pronounced when in an sli configuration as scaling support is different from game to game witch may lead to the assumption of a bottle-necked gpu set up. i say go for it your cpu is good for what it is and you will see an improvement in games that have good scaling.

agreed
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post #6 of 11
I just sold two GTX 460s to a friend of mine. He owns a Q6600 at 3.2 Ghz., and he hasn't complained smile.gif Says it runs like a dream! So I'd definitely go for it.
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post #7 of 11
With that CX psu form corsair I dont think will be enough upgrade psu and then you can Make SLI

bcuz Q6600 OCed+460GTX SLI is in the limit

and CX line isnt one line for high SLIFCFx
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

With that CX psu form corsair I dont think will be enough upgrade psu and then you can Make SLI
bcuz Q6600 OCed+460GTX SLI is in the limit
and CX line isnt one line for high SLIFCFx

You're right. According to PSUCalc, a system with Q6600, 2x GTX 460, 4x RAM sticks, 1x HDD, 4x case fans and 1x ODD consumes 600W under full load. So if you could get a used 600-700W PSU, you shouldn't have any problems.
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post #9 of 11
Or just go to a higher end single card
post #10 of 11
There won't be a very noticeable bottleneck.
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