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Hello

I have an old system with 4GB memory and a Q6600 not OCed.

Currently I have a Geforce 660 GTX

If I decide to upgrade to a 780 GTX Ti, or the high end graphic card of next generation, will I be able to use the full power of the GPU, or will I be bottlenecked by the CPU?

If yes, then what GPU would you recommend?
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Hello

I have an old system with 4GB memory and a Q6600 not OCed.

Currently I have a Geforce 660 GTX

If I decide to upgrade to a 780 GTX Ti, or the high end graphic card of next generation, will I be able to use the full power of the GPU, or will I be bottlenecked by the CPU?

If yes, then what GPU would you recommend?

You will definitely be bottlenecked by a Q6600.

Using a 780Ti with that is like putting semi slick drag tyres on your moms minivan.

I would say the 660GTX is pretty perfectly matched up for the Q6600. Sounds like a whole new build is in order if you've got the sort of cash a 780Ti warrants.. Maybe go with the cheaper GTX 760 2GB and pick up a new Mainboard, CPU, RAM & PSU if you can manage it? thumb.gif
    
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Yes you would. I'd suggest upgrading to a R9 280x, but even then, what resolution are you playing and what games would you play ??
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As of now I can still play most new titles on high graphic settings on a 24" monitor. BF4 getting freezes here and there and I think its because of the memory (only 4GB).
I will wait a bit and upgrade to a whole new system in the future.
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You are already bottlenecking your GTX 660. I have a slightly slower GPU and it is being bottlenecked at 1080p in many games, and my CPU at overclocked speeds should be faster than your unoverclocked CPU. You won't see significant gains except in the most GPU limited games. I highly recommend upgrading the rest of your PC before you decide to get a modern high end GPU.
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As of now I can still play most new titles on high graphic settings on a 24" monitor. BF4 getting freezes here and there and I think its because of the memory (only 4GB).
I will wait a bit and upgrade to a whole new system in the future.

What people have failed to mention is that even though a GTX 780 would be bottle necked by your CPU, it will still perform better than what you currently have now.

I would suggest getting another 4GB of RAM and if you really want to, get that 780, there is no harm in trying, its not going to run worse and if you can play most games at max settings... Why not.
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With an stock clocked Q6600 you definitely see some bottlenecking. How much will depend on the game and settings but even with titles that are more GPU dependent and the AA cracked up to max (at 1080p) you still would not see constant +90% loading of the GPU.

Then there is the issue of frame rates them selves. An stock Q6600 isn't fast enough to run modern games at smooth +60FPS. Hell its not fast enough to run some games at +30FPS. Your platform is just to slow. Putting an 780Ti in it would not be worth the cost.

Just save the money and do a platform upgrade. Even if you keep the GTX 660 you still see an FPS improvement in more CPU hungry games.


Depending on if you can reuse parts form your current rig you could do something like this.

(newegg prices)

i5 4670k $240
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 $110
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) $58

=$406.97

Then you could either save up for an GPU or if your PSU can handle it add in another GTX 660

GIGABYTE GTX 660 (not the Ti version) $190

Total cost with another GTX 660 = $597

That's about the same as you would spend on an top of the range card like the GTX 780Ti or R9-290x.
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I'd also suggest doing an overclock on your CPU to 4.0Ghz by upgrading to a decent air/CLC and then run some games that you play. That 660 is still plenty enough for 1080p gaming except C3, but tweaking a few setting should set you aright.
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