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Before I bother overclocking my CPU, is it my current bottleneck or my 9800GT? If my 9800GT is in fact a bottleneck, will overclocking my CPU increase FPS in games at all?
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One way to find out is to overclock the gpu - if you get no gains, your cpu is holding you back.

The gpu is the bottleneck increasing the cpu speed won't help much - if any.
    
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If you're playing at 720P or below, you'll probably see some gain from OCing your CPU. If you're playing above 720P, you probably won't see too much gain unless you're playing on low settings.
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It really depends on what you're playing. A 9800GT still has legs for "old tech," especially if you play mostly console ports or older/less demanding titles.

If you're playing Source games like L4D/TF2 etc, your CPU will definitely be the limiting factor there. If you're trying to run something like Crysis or Metro... I don't think OCing either will help much.
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Forget about which one is bottlenecking, because both your CPU and GPU are not gonna cut it for quality gaming.

Pretty much par for 1680x1050 is at least a 3.8GHz dual or quad core and GTX260/HD4870 level vid. You'll need at least an E8400 dual, and even if you add a second 9800GT, you may have to dumb down games like Crisis Warhead.

You may want to scope out the cost of building an AMD X4 based system with your current RAM and something like an ATi 6850. That will give you the option of moving to an X6 and second 6850 later, and with a little OC you'll be good for anything at 1680 maxed or even 1920 (no high FSAA).
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If you're playing at 720P or below, you'll probably see some gain from OCing your CPU. If you're playing above 720P, you probably won't see too much gain unless you're playing on low settings.
I Play most games at 720p, not 1080p.

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It really depends on what you're playing. A 9800GT still has legs for "old tech," especially if you play mostly console ports or older/less demanding titles.

If you're playing Source games like L4D/TF2 etc, your CPU will definitely be the limiting factor there. If you're trying to run something like Crysis or Metro... I don't think OCing either will help much.
Source games already run at 200+ FPS, I'm trying to get a boost in BC2 & Crysis.

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Forget about which one is bottlenecking, because both your CPU and GPU are not gonna cut it for quality gaming.

Pretty much par for 1680x1050 is at least a 3.8GHz dual or quad core and GTX260/HD4870 level vid. You'll need at least an E8400 dual, and even if you add a second 9800GT, you may have to dumb down games like Crisis Warhead.

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I'm building a new 1155 rig in a couple months.
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post #7 of 17
Overclocking your CPU will improve your BC2 performance, but you won't see good performance until you go quad core. I'd imagine the 9800GT would still be fine then on moderate settings.
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post #8 of 17
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If you're playing at 720P or below, you'll probably see some gain from OCing your CPU. If you're playing above 720P, you probably won't see too much gain unless you're playing on low settings.
This is complete BS right here.
     
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Your GPU is bottlenecking you in over 95% of games.
Even if you had a card twice as fast, that would still be the case.
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post #10 of 17
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OK well I'll upgrade my GPU first, would a GTX 460 Hawk ( I'll overclock it more ) still bottleneck my CPU in Crysis on pretty much max settings with decent AA @ 1440x900?
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