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Will an E8400@4GHz bottleneck a GTX570?

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I'm looking to upgrade the 4890 Vapor-X in my sig rig to a MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr. The only thing I’m not sure about is if my E8400@4GHz will be a bottleneck. I don’t want to waste money buying a new card if the performance increase will be minimal because of my CPU. Should I put money towards revamping my current rig to an i7 or Sandy Bridge build, or can I ride this E8400 train for awhile longer and just go for a GPU upgrade? Appreciate any suggestions .
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Probably.
You will still see a performance increase with the 570, but it will be much greater if you get a quad as well.
Even though games only use about 2 cores, the 570 will need more than 2 cores to really be taken advantage of.

Just pick up a 9450 or better and overclock it.
Contrary to the popular opinion on OCN Socket 775 Quads are still ridiculously overpowered for gaming.
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Put it this way: the absolute worst-case scenario would be that you'd get the same FPS you do now ... but you'd be able to achieve that FPS using much higher image quality settings.

But the situation would rarely be that bad.

I say go for it. You aren't going to break any benching records, but you'll still see a considerable improvement in nearly all gaming scenarios, esp. in terms of your 'max playable settings'.
    
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i had one 480 with a C2D E8500...

it still went hard...

the only games where i saw a real difference in my FPS when i upgraded to my new CPU...

was in games like GTA4 and other intensive quad core games

get it have some fun with it...

it isn't like you can't use it in your next upgrade
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