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post #1 of 19
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Ok, so here's the deal.

I'm looking to get a high end graphics card that can handle triple monitor gaming with high settings (in 5760x1080 resolution), now, here's the problem, my system is pretty ancient, it has a 16x PCI-E slot (1.0 i think it is) and of course there's the Q6600.

Now i was thinking of getting a 6990 when it's released, i know that sounds a bit insane, but i'm wondering how much it would be held back by my current rig and if it'd be worth it, personally i'm willing to accept a bottleneck of 15% since i'll be upgrading the system in 1-2 years and will unleash the cards full potential then, and if it's not worth it then i would appreciate any recommendations for other cards that will run a triple monitor setup well, thanks
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post #2 of 19
I'd upgrade your cpu before even thinking about a 6990
    
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post #3 of 19
Put it this way. For a GTX480 there was a 2 percent bottleneck over PCI-E 1.0. So you are fine.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/N...press_Scaling/
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I'd upgrade your cpu before even thinking about a 6990
Why? A Q6600 at 3.4ghz is more than adequate for ANYTHING out today.
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Why? A Q6600 at 3.4ghz is more than adequate for ANYTHING out today.
It's for a triple monitor setup, too. That video card is going to be hard at work, and the CPU won't be holding it back in anyway as far as I know.
 
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post #6 of 19
I think if you can overclock the q6600 at 3.6ghz then it'll be sufficient. A stock q6600 will bottleneck the card. Even my Q9300 @ 3.5 is bottlenecking my 6950 in some games.
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It's for a triple monitor setup, too. That video card is going to be hard at work, and the CPU won't be holding it back in anyway as far as I know.
Yeah no way a Q6600 at 3.4ghz will hold anything back. Though PCE-1.0 is pushing it for that extreme high end card, you won't see anymore than a 10 percent bottleneck and that's stretching it. A GTX480 is a VERY hungry card and it only bottlenecked 2 percent, so I think he'll be fine.

I myself am holding off upgrading until next year, there just isn't any point of doing so right now. I push my quad to it's limits daily and have yet to ever have it bottleneck anything.
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I think if you can overclock the q6600 at 3.6ghz then it'll be sufficient. A stock q6600 will bottleneck the card. Even my Q9300 @ 3.5 is bottlenecking my 6950 in some games.
Oh yes, a stock q6600 will hurt things for sure.
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Well you need two cards for 3 monitors if you go with Nvidia. you can only put 2 monitors to 1 Nvidia card.
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Why? A Q6600 at 3.4ghz is more than adequate for ANYTHING out today.
False. An i7 965 @ 3.75GHz was a bottleneck for two GTX 580s. I'd start upgrading your CPU first, then the GPUs, then the monitors.
     
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