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As you can see my sig rig is a couple years old now, and if I were to upgrade my CPU I would have to replace nearly every component which is not within my budget at the moment.

If I kept the Q6600 but replaced the 9800GX2 with one of the more modern cards, would I see a big FPS boost in games? or would I just be completely CPU limited?

The games I play regularly are: WoW, BC2, Crysis, Half life, Portal etc. looking forward to games like Crysis 2 this year.

I'd be looking at cards around the ATi 6950 or the GTX560.

Note: Please don't suggest overclocking my Q6600, I have tried in the past and my motherboard couldn't take it. I'm open to the idea of OCing the GX2, but it runs very hot @ stock.
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You would see a boost in FPS. However the amount may not be worth it. Seeing how your CPU is really at a lower clock you might start to see CPU bottleneck. You might look at getting a Q9550 which could be a better investment. However if you want to get a new gfx card I wouldn't go above a GTX 470 as it would just be a waste of money unless you plan on upgrading everything. You will get the use of DX11 if you go for a modern card
    
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the q9550 is not worth the money a i5 sandybrige is chapre adn better
even the 2300SB 2.8 is 17% faster than a i5 760 and it cheaper
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post #4 of 6
Looks like your budget is in the $250 USD range (sorry idk UK prices).

For whatever its worth, I'd say going for the 2GB HD6950 and unlocking it is your best option.
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In the very worst most extreme case of CPU-bottlenecking (which you would not be in), upgrading the video card will get you the same FPS, but at much higher gfx quality settings.

So, if being able to run your games with higher IQ settings at the same FPS is worth it to you, then you can't go wrong

Honestly you won't be significantly BN'd all that often with a single card setup, except in highly cpu-dependent games.
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well id buy the gx2
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