Originally Posted by adventfred
since this is the young tread im 18yrs but anyways will a 4600+ at 2.6 ghz stable bottleneck a 9800gt 512mb card i plan on getting one at the end of january
Yes, it will bottleneck somewhat. When I had my 9600GT, it seemed in perfect lockstep with my CPU (6000+ @ 3.1 or 3.38 overclocked).
But it won't be anything drastic, no worries.
To address the OP's question, it will definitely be bottlenecked, which normally means it'll be hard to see a difference between the 9800GT and a lesser card with that CPU. But since you're making a big jump, you will see a difference from what you have now. If you're going to upgrade the CPU any time in the near future, it'd be worth it to have a better card waiting for you when you do (i.e., the 9800GT or the 4830). Plus, that resolution is more GPU dependent, so yea, go for it.
P.S. If any of these "lesser cards" were better priced, I might see a point in getting them. But for under $100, you might as well shell out a happy meal's worth more to get something that can upgrade with you.Edited by smoothjk - 12/17/08 at 10:37am