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As far as straight gaming, at 1080p you're fine with a 570. Mine is hardly working on games like L4D2 (%35 GPU activity with 8x FSAA/16x ANISO) and runs Crysis Warhead like butter. You should only go 580/590 if you want further future-proofing or just bragging rights.

Yes you would get a bump from moving off the Q6600, but I'd get your GPU first, and decide whether or not you need a new platform AFTER you see how games run.

Despite what everyone wants to believe, the higher res you go, and the more FSAA you apply, the most demanding games become GPU limited.
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Here are some nice benchmarks Core i7-860@4.0Ghz vs Q9550@4.0Ghz in 43 benchmarks with a single ATI 5850@1Ghz
    
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Originally Posted by turrican9 View Post
Yep. And past 1080p the differences are pretty much nothing.

Everyone wants to think their post-775 system's gains are "huge" in gaming, but really they are not if you're at or over 1080p and using FSAA. If you've got a fast enough quad, it's the GPU that counts.

Any 3.8-4.0 quad coupled with a high-end GPU will run modern games just fine, whether it's AMD, core 2, Core i7 or whatever. A 3.6 Q6600 will be a bit behind that mark but still perfectly usable.

Huge gains? Sorry but no.
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