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Is this cpu a bottle neck for this card?

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Buddy of mine is using a amd a6-3670k and just got a gtx 660. He wants to upgrade his CPU. What would be a good upgrade for im in the 150$-200$ range?
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Id say no if he OC his CPU, also what is the resolution he is playing at? Who cares about bottlenecking when you are alrdy 60 fps capped (if you have a 60Hz monitor of course)
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He's at 1080p.
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Without upgrading the motherboard, his best bet would be an Athlon II X4 651K, which comes at 3 GHz stock but can usually be overclocked to 3.5 or better (sometimes much better) with a decent cooler and motherboard supporting it. It's a better CPU than the regular Athlon II's, because it's on a 32nm process rather than 45 like AM3 Athlon II's. It's $84.99 at Newegg right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113290

That should be good enough to handle his GTX 660. If you don't mind replacing the motherboard, you could opt for an AM3+ motherboard based on the 970 chipset and an FX-4300 or 6300, but that would cost a little more than $200. There are Intel solutions that could do the job too, but that would involve a Pentium or i3 that is only a dual-core and not overclockable. I don't recommend anything below a quad-core anymore.
     
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