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will a x4 965@3.8 bottleneck sli gtx 480?

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i got 1 gtx 480 was wondering if i had 2 sli if there would be a bottleneck from my cpu? also is it bottlenecking now with just the 1 card
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Not 100% sure on these cards, being 400 series. That said, it will also depend on games and Res. My PII X4 @3.9 bottlenecks my 6850 in Planetside 2 pretty hard when theres a massive battle going on.
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my 960T @4.2 struggled to fully load SLIed 560Ti 2GB @900/1800/4400
    
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My 965 at 4ghz was a massive bottleneck for SLI 480's. Go with a 1366 setup or something like that.
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PII's are amazing budget chips right now for AM3 and AM3+ platforms. But they are def showing their age when paired with top end GPU's and high resolutions and detail. Gonna miss the K10/10.5 era when I build my new rig.

I'd say deal with it for a while and wait for price drop on a 6300/8320 in the future. Then getting another 480 should be cheaper as well (hopefully). Unless you just can't get by as is... then I'd say your in a sticky spot as you kinda need a new CPU to properly drive those GPU's...
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