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What is the best videocard I can get without it bottlenecking my cpu? Or would I get more of a performance bonus if I just sprang for a new cpu/mobo?

Im a pretty big gamer dont use my computer for folding or anything like that, just been wondering cause games like BC2 have been giving me trouble and with Shogun2 and BF3 approaching its best to get prepared.


I was thinking of a 570GTX but my q6600 is only at 3.0ghz and cannot be overclocked anymore, would that be enough to not cause a bottleneck?
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Should be fine with a GTX 460 1gb. Try OCing your cpu a bit more and you could probably get away with a GTX 470.
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Your not going to bottleneck any video card very much with your current setup, most games don't use quad core yet (still stuck on dual) some games may be optimized a bit better for something such as an i7 but just using 1 GPU you will be fine with anything. You will see a much higher performance gain by switching to a high end video card than upgrading your CPU, motherboard and memory.
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Should be fine with a GTX 460 1gb. Try OCing your cpu a bit more and you could probably get away with a GTX 470.
I have tried but my board is pretty bad and old and my hsf is quite bad as well. I was lucky to get 3.0ghz on it.
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Your not going to bottleneck any video card very much with your current setup, most games don't use quad core yet (still stuck on dual) some games may be optimized a bit better for something such as an i7 but just using 1 GPU you will be fine with anything. You will see a much higher performance gain by switching to a high end video card than upgrading your CPU, motherboard and memory.

Well I play mostly BC2 which is optimized for quad core, I assume BF3 will be using quad core as well, not sure about Shogun. The fact that these game use quad core, will it cause a bottleneck if I got say a GTX470 or GTX570?
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post #6 of 9
If it were my money and I were looking to upgrade from a GTX260, I'd probably swap boards to a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and grab myself 2x 6870.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-012-_-Product


If you look around, you can get the board for $75-$100. The P45 chip is so much nicer than the 680i chipset. And while you're at it, that PSU has to go, before it goes on its own and takes your system with it once you do this.


I don't really know your budget so I can't really say this is your best option, just my
post #7 of 9
You should be fine with a GTX470. I have run a 470 with an Athlon 2 x4 @ 2.8ghz and got an average frame rate of 58 in BC2. and the Athlon 2 is kinda weak.
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post #8 of 9
You also may want to look into an ATI 5850 they exchange blows with the GTX 470 and are about $40 less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-477-_-Product

but notice that they are big! and they plug into the end of the card not the side. so expect at least i inch longer than the GTX 260
Edited by Zdogg7 - 2/17/11 at 9:43pm
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zdogg7 View Post
You should be fine with a GTX470. I have run a 470 with an Athlon 2 x4 @ 2.8ghz and got an average frame rate of 58 in BC2. and the Athlon 2 is kinda weak.
Actually from my experience a C2Q is slower than even a Athlon X2
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