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Will my i5 760 bottleneck my 6950?

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As the title says, will my 760 sitting slightly above stock at 3.2 bottleneck my 6950?

I could OC but I don't want to go much past 3.6 because when I did in the past I was getting idles of 35-40 and loads around 60 which I know isn't necessarily dangerous but I just don't like my CPU being that hot.

Is this a misguided notion? How hot am I safe up to? How high should I OC [if I need to] to avoid bottlenecking?

any/all help is appreciated
    
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prolly wont
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Do you get 60 in a stress test or game? During max Intel Burn Test I hit 60, but games are high 40's, low 50's depending on the game.

Obviously overclocking will get you more performance, but you don't have to. If you already have everything, only thing to do is play games and see for yourself. Just avoid benchmarking and you'll be fine.
     
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You are fine @ 3.2Ghz.

Plus you are running 1080P and that resolution puts more strain on the gpu than the cpu.
    
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post #5 of 11
not at all.



I had a stock q9550 and a GTX 570 and that wasn't even bottlenecking. Metro 2033 still playable on mostly max dx11 settings, AA and MSAA werent all the way up.
post #6 of 11
Simple answer, no.

Sure, if you get a 2600k @ 5ghz, you'll get more FPS at 800x600, or slightly more fps in games which use the CPU a lot (MMOs), but it's not a bottleneck.
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post #7 of 11
Not a chance there man.
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post #8 of 11
Same chip did bottleneck mine slightly however it was attached to a mini-itx Zotac h55 motherboard and i think its the mobo and pci 2.0 slot, not so much the cpu.

Yea.. that cpu should easly support two 6950's fully unlocked shaders.
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Only if you were hoping to play above 300fps at 800x600, haha.
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post #10 of 11
Not a chance.

That i5 is one fast CPU, even at stock speeds.
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