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Updating oldish system, would the RAM be a bottleneck

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My current system is

Intel Q9450 2.66GHz (stock)
DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB
Asus ATI 4870 512MB
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)
Western Digital Black Hard Drive
(If it makes a difference I play on 1920x1200 settings)

I plan on buying a new graphics card. Updates being made to my system are in bold

Intel Q9450 2.66GHz OC'd to 3.6GHz
DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB
ATI 6950
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)
Western Digital Black Hard Drive

Would the RAM be bottlenecking the updated system? I'd get 4GB more of memory to make it 8GB but 4GB of the RAM I need to buy is $90 which doesn't sound very cost effective.
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Not at all, 4GB of memory is plenty. 1000mhz isn't too shabby either
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Beast
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Alura :)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 SuperMicro X11SSM-F-O C236 Integrated 2 x 16GB Kingston ValueRAM ECC KVR21E15D8/16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
5 x 8TB Seagate IronWolf Pro in ZF2 Array CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo FreeNAS 11 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Gold 
Case
Fractal Design Node 804 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Asus Z97 Pro WIFI-AC Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC+  G.Skill 4 x 8GB F3-2133C9D-16GXH 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Pixio PX277 Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-660XP2 Fractal Design R4 Blackout 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Pro MSI R7970 Lightning BE 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB and WD Black 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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Not a bottleneck whatsoever. DDR2-1000 is actually still very fast. Even my DDR2-800 would be fine (But I run it at 960MHz anyway ). And you really don't need to upgrade to 8GB; what you've got now is just fine.
     
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Thanks for the help!
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