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Upgrading GPU - but what about the risk of a possible bottleneck in an old system?

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Hi all,
Excuse my "noob-ness" here....
But need to know! :-)

I am currently running my Q9550 (OC'ed to about 4Ghz) with my GTX 560TI.
This has performed quite well for several years now.

With the new BF4 out it might be time to upgrade the GPU.
As I can't afford to upgrade CPU and associated stuff I will start with the GPU and then the monitor.

I would like to play in 1440p and only with a single GPU.
I am looking at the GTX 780 - and putting it under water.


- Will this solution become bottlenecked by my ancient CPU????
- Which 780 card is currently the best buy on the market?


Any input highly appreciated.
My rig the - Fractal Design "Re-Defined XL" is in my sig.


M
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Well..Q9550 is OK but..no L3 cache..
A Lynfield would do a whole lot better.
It might be "bottlenecked" a little.
 
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That cpu would bottleneck a 780gtx. Better get a fx 8320/i5 4670k
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