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Will my E8400 oc'd to 3.6ghz be a bottleneck concern for a 6950?

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Thinking about purchasing the VisionTek - Radeon HD 6950 2GB (i've got gift cards to best buy, only one they provide), but I just wanna make sure that my core 2 duo e8400 overclocked to 3.6hz won't be a bottleneck for this card? Running a Corsair 650watt psu, Gigabyte Ep45-UD3LR, and ddr2 ocz ram at 1066. Just trying to avoid upgrading to a q9550 . I've got an older ati hd4770 now (wasn't originally built as a gaming machine!)
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Depends on the game.
Should be a decent upgrade, though.

Wouldn't imagine it would be that substantial.
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Thinking about purchasing the VisionTek - Radeon HD 6950 2GB (i've got gift cards to best buy, only one they provide), but I just wanna make sure that my core 2 duo e8400 overclocked to 3.6hz won't be a bottleneck for this card? Running a Corsair 650watt psu, Gigabyte Ep45-UD3LR, and ddr2 ocz ram at 1066. Just trying to avoid upgrading to a q9550 . I've got an older ati hd4770 now (wasn't originally built as a gaming machine!)
If it's just one 6950 it won't be a problem.
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I never had any problems with my E8400 bottlenecking. It has a nice cache, and at 3.6 Ghz yours is pretty speedy. You're fine.
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Yes of coarse you will bottleneck your gfx card .. a core 2 duo at 3.6 is not enough to feed this card to its full potential .. I dont know why people are telling you it wont matter :s waste of money putting a 6950 on a c2d in my opinion ... i would go 5850 at most with your setup .
    
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I never had any problems with my E8400 bottlenecking. It has a nice cache, and at 3.6 Ghz yours is pretty speedy. You're fine.
your using a 9800 , obviosuly your cpu wont bottlneck there is a huge difference from a 9800 to a 6950 incase u were hiding under a rock somewhere .
    
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To be honest with you, I want to say yes.

There are processors out now that DESTROY that chip.(Destroy MY chip.) I saw more FPS when I put my video card in my friends PC that had a 1090T, seemed much smoother in BC2.

But then again I don't know if that's a bottleneck seeing as how that game is more CPU dependent.

What I'm saying is, if I saw an improvement coming from my quad, I'd imagine your dual would cause a slight bottleneck, yes.
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Thats also true , dx11 games u wont notice as much as they are very gfx card reliant .. Other games that demand more from your cpu is going to show u a bottleneck 100%
    
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your using a 9800 , obviosuly your cpu wont bottlneck there is a huge difference from a 9800 to a 6950 incase u were hiding under a rock somewhere .
When I had SLi 9800 GTX's, I noticed no performance difference from going from E8400 to my Q8300. I'm just saying what I know. And I still don't think there is going to be a noticeable bottleneck on that card. 3DMark will notice it of course, but his games aren't gonna notice.
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Thanks for the input guys, just at a rock in a hard place, don't want to buy a new pc if i can make my current pc last for a few more years (which i think i can with a q9550), but don't want to put to much money into older tech either (about 550ish for a cpu/gpu upgrade....)
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