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6950 too much for my Core2Duo?

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Since I'm sittin around waiting for the 2600K and BullDozer, (Still debating since I gotta wait a few months anyways) I was thinkin about gettin a few parts early, gettin a little antsy.

Probably gonna end up picking up a 6950 once I build my new rig anyways so I was thinking of getting it now and just throwing it in my current rig. But now I'm just wondering if it's pointless cuz I'm thinking that my Cpu will bottleneck the power of the card. I guess it doesn't matter too much since I do plan to upgrade anyways, but I'm just wondering.

If I do that I'll end up getting a new case and Psu as well. Was thinking the Nzxt Tempest Evo for a case (unless I find some good combo deals) and Corsair Tx750 Psu since I do plan on going Crossfire as well in the future.

Well, let me know what you think, thanks.
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post #2 of 9
To get it out of the way, your C2D will probably bottleneck the 6950, but I would still get the 6950 in your place. The reason is that either way you put it, at some point something will bottleneck your system. When you'll upgrade to a SB or Bulldozer and OC those CPUs @4.5GHz, I bet the 6950 will bottleneck the CPU. You'll add another 6950 and maybe you'll still bottleneck the CPUs as those processors can potentially run 2x GTX580 in SLI at good speed.

Something will always bottleneck, it may as well be the next component on the upgrade list. A 6950 will give a decent performance boost on the C2D and it will run even better on a Bulldozer/SB. It doesn't make any sense to use the slower 8800GT just because the 6950 wouldn't reach its full potential from the start.
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I agree that 6950 will be a bottleneck, Will you be flashing the cards to 6970?
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Bottelneck inbound, overclock or upgrade!
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I agree that 6950 will be a bottleneck, Will you be flashing the cards to 6970?
That is the plan. I haven't really seen any cons with flashing it to a 6970, unless you know of any.

I do plan to upgrade, but I'm waiting for Sandy Bridge to come back and BullDozer to release so I can figure out which one I want.
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post #6 of 9
lol im running a 6950 flashed to 6970 on my e8400 which is oc'd to 4.2ghz. very much buttlenecked but im going SB soon... very soon. and i will probably pick up another 6950
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post #7 of 9
Something will always be the relative slowest part of the system. "Bottleneck" gets thrown around way too much on this site, usually incorrectly, but a 2.66GHz dual core can indeed be correctly called a botteneck as it will be a major hindrance to the performance of that GPU.

Schaden: Your 4.2GHz E8400 is not causing a 6950 to be "very much bottlenecked" unless you're at low res (which isn't a problem anyway, since at low res you'll have plenty of FPS) or exclusively playing games that can use 4 cores.
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post #8 of 9
Yes, CPU will be a bottle neck. Friend of mine also has a 6950, but he has a Q6600 @ 3.3Ghz and his frame rates are much lower than mine.
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post #9 of 9
maybe if you got 4ghz out of that thing, maybe this situation would be more realistic. But yeah seriously upgrade if your getting a card of that performance.
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