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Crossfire 6950's
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SLI 4/560's
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So two 5850's will not be bottlenecked?
Possibly a little, yeah. If it worries you that much, just snag another 5770.
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I really do not get this...you guys see a Q6600 or E8400 and immediately say it is a 'bottleneck'. What is a 'bottleneck'?? I could never find a definite answer to that. All I know from practical experience that my buddy was running a GTX 560 on E8400 stock, and now on Q6600 at 3.0 Ghz and his game play looks just as good as my i5 with on 6950. I am not taking about bench numbers - just look and feel of the game.
So unless someone can provide hard evidence of 'bottleneck' - I think the term is becoming overrated.
To OP, you know what your budget and your limitations are. If you cannot upgrade your CPU in 3 years, by all means get a decent GPU (6950, 6970, 560 or 570 whatever floats your boat). At higher resolution, you will not see whole lot of a difference.
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I really do not get this...you guys see a Q6600 or E8400 and immediately say it is a 'bottleneck'. What is a 'bottleneck'?? I could never find a definite answer to that. All I know from practical experience that my buddy was running a GTX 560 on E8400 stock, and now on Q6600 at 3.0 Ghz and his game play looks just as good as my i5 with on 6950. I am not taking about bench numbers - just look and feel of the game.
So unless someone can provide hard evidence of 'bottleneck' - I think the term is becoming overrated.
To OP, you know what your budget and your limitations are. If you cannot upgrade your CPU in 3 years, by all means get a decent GPU (6950, 6970, 560 or 570 whatever floats your boat). At higher resolution, you will not see whole lot of a difference.
To be honest, he MAY only notice a bottleneck (artificial limit in GPU performance due to CPU not being able to keep up). In most games, there probably won't be any noticable difference now. But in 2-3 years time when games are more demanding (and if OP continues upgrading GPU), you could very well have a GPU that doesn't provide the framerates he wants/needs because the CPU simply isn't fast enough to feed it enough instructions/directions/ex.

But, other factors such as mobo, particular game, patches, updates, software, etc. can also affect framerates.

So is it guaranteed that he'll see a bottleneck? No. But it is possible as his GPUs get newer and faster and his processor stays the same. Just something to think about.
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Thanks for the input

As i said before, I'm not upgrading anything else in this system

So if 2 x 5850's are the limit without upgrading CPU, that's what I'll get.

And then build an entire new system when this one is simply too old.

I know there are better, newer cards with great value for money but getting them will mean I have to get a new CPU as well, I'd rather wait and build a new system later.
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Thanks for the input

As i said before, I'm not upgrading anything else in this system

So if 2 x 5850's are the limit without upgrading CPU, that's what I'll get.

And then build an entire new system when this one is simply too old.

I know there are better, newer cards with great value for money but getting them will mean I have to get a new CPU as well, I'd rather wait and build a new system later.
Understandable. I don't think you'll notice any slightly hampered framerates (if there are any) on 5850s.
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