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First of all i dont think the 965 will bottleneck ( i know many disagree and there is a chance am wrong)
second get two 6950's or 6970's as it will cost you less and from what i have scene of benchmarks performs a little better too, and then you can spend all that money you will save on 1100T or somet xD
I would do that except I would need a new motherboard as mine only has 1 slot, and a new copy of windows along with that possibly since mine is OEM.
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Really? I don't know what to think now I'm getting mixed answers. I really don't wanna buy a video card and find out I have to buy a new processor aswell .
Okay. lets get this straight shall we.

Even a 4ghz will show a "bottleneck" in what we call "synthetic benchmarks"

In a real world gaming situation, it's not noticable at all. a new CPU will not bring you much performance from what you have.

Just buy it if you want to, and enjoy it!

Oh, also, your stock 965 will be fine for it. it's not worth the hassle of overclocking to 4ghz if you don't want too. Only overclock when you NEED too.
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I would do that except I would need a new motherboard as mine only has 1 slot, and a new copy of windows along with that possibly since mine is OEM.
Hmmm thats quite a problem, umm...
i am out of good idea's you could spend a little more an go an get crosshair iv formula xD
but i doubt you will wanna do that, an tbh i think if you was gonna do something like that i would wait till BD comes out an the BD boards (unless the rumours about CHIV supporting BD are true which i hope they are, but this is just a rumour so its probably not true, but i can still hope)

thats my advice, i personally think 6990 is Overkill, you could get a 6970 or 580, an still max out all games @1920x1080/1200

EDIT: also i think you might need a new psu also
Edited by Hatakescreams - 3/25/11 at 3:51am
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I have an AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor. I've been looking into buying a radeon hd 6990. Would my processor limit the FPS I get in games? If not, at what point in the future of video cards do you think it would end up limiting my system?
Depends on what you want to call limiting the system. As others have said it may vary wildly as to what resolution and or what settings you plan to use with your games. Video card performance is going to be a bigger factor than the the cpu, however, with strong overclocking, the cpu will not be as big of an issue. I think rather than trying to compare cpu to cpu, take a minute and make an assessment as to how many fps, at what res, and what settings you want to achieve and that is going to be your answer, or at least, give you an idea as to what gear you will need to achieve those performance numbers.
 
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the 965BE is basically a much cheaper alternative to the Q9550. Both were still great in like 2009 but are starting to age.

If you were planning on gaming with a 6950 there is no reason I would have cheaped out and bought 965BE as of March 2011.You would have been better off getting a Sandy Bridge i3 setup and upgrading later to an i7.

and 12GB of RAM really? 8GB would have already been overkill for gaming.
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The problem is that you should not compromise if you plan to go all out and get a 6990. In some titles your system will never perform like an enthusiast system. If you're planning on playing games at 60 FPS @ 1080P anyways you should just get a 6950 in the first place. If you want to get 100+ FPS the CPU will bottleneck.
Not sure exactly what you would qualify as an enthusiast system, but what I'm thinking you mean is I won't be able to play with 2560x1600 or even multiple monitors at framerates in the hundreds with my processor, which I understand. I want 60fps at 1920x1200, and a 6950 or even 6970 won't give me that in modern games that I want to play(mainly thinking about battlefield 3), atleast not consistently. Maybe I will get the performance I desire with that card, but soon with newer games it will get weaker. I know I could eventually crossfire it, but that will cost more money as I explained in a previous post. I guess my perspective on my options is this: 1. Buy a single gpu video card and have decent performance, but soon after notice a decrease with newer video games 2. Upgrade motherboard and consequently require another copy of windows as I use OEM, and get two cards 3. Buy one dual-gpu card that will give me great performance for quite a while and will take a few years before I would need to upgrade it again, and the only immediate upgrade required would be a power supply. Number 3 is looking like the best option right now.
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if you think about it like that no.3 is the best option i suppose, not what i would do but its probably best for you xD, enjoy your new video card, also use a hair dryer to take warranty sticker of your computer then glue it back on later xD
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GPU's will always get outdated, you can buy the fastest and most expensive card on the market today and in a year a single GPU card will outperform it. Its just how hardware goes, word to the wise. Always buy the second Best performer and avoid dual GPU cards.

That means avoid the GTX580 and get a 570
" " the HD6970 and get a 6950

this way you get a high performance card... but it doesn't break bank.
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Depends on what you want to call limiting the system. As others have said it may vary wildly as to what resolution and or what settings you plan to use with your games. Video card performance is going to be a bigger factor than the the cpu, however, with strong overclocking, the cpu will not be as big of an issue. I think rather than trying to compare cpu to cpu, take a minute and make an assessment as to how many fps, at what res, and what settings you want to achieve and that is going to be your answer, or at least, give you an idea as to what gear you will need to achieve those performance numbers.
Pretty much the performance I want, is a consistent 60fps at maximum settings in video games yet to come out like battlefield 3 and other demanding games in the upcoming years, at 1920x1200.
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GPU's will always get outdated, you can buy the fastest and most expensive card on the market today and in a year a single GPU card will outperform it. Its just how hardware goes, word to the wise. Always buy the second Best performer and avoid dual GPU cards.

That means avoid the GTX580 and get a 570
" " the HD6970 and get a 6950

this way you get a high performance card... but it doesn't break bank.
What's so bad about dual-gpu cards? I'm also not terribly worried about price.
Edited by nachoz - 3/25/11 at 4:24am
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