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Will my sig rig bottleneck a GTX480? Also, the 480's seem to come at different prices for different models.. what is the fastest GTX480 that my system can handle without any bottleneck?

I was thinking about a 6970 but this card caught my attention with the CUDA technology and 3D vision.. Also, lots of PC game developers seem to be targeting the nVidia cards.. but that could also just be marketing and mean very little.

What are your thoughts?
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1. Depends on the game. Get it anyways, you wont have to upgrade the GPU later on
2. Yes Nvidia is better for things like 3D vision ETC ETC. And if you use Photoshop or programs like Vreveal CUDA will come in VERY handy.

If the price is right get the 480. If not i would just wait till you do a complete system overhaul/
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So my sig rig can handle any GTX480 that's currently out on the market? I am mostly concerned about my CPU and memory being some sort of bottleneck..

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There would be a bottleneck,how much depends on OC on that Q8400..

If you OC that Q8400 to 3.6GHz you would be fine..

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Haha, well I hope that i can OC my Q8400 to 3.6GHz.. right now I am having difficulties with getting it past 3.2GHz Might just be a slow chip but I'm pretty sure it's due to my BIOS configurations. Even so, would the extra 400MHz make a big difference in games?

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Maybe it's your RAM that holds you back, as for 3.6GHz it must be capable of hitting 900MHz (450MHz FSB x 2)..

The motherboard is capable of high FSB for sure..

And in some situations YES a extra CPU speed wolud benefit you..

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Bottleneck depends on the game. Most games aren't bad like SC2. OC to 3.6 and you'll be fine. You'll do just as good as an 1100T does when it come to games that are single-thread bottlencked so I wouldn't be too worried.
A single 480 is fine for your system, but I'd rather get two 6950s and unlock them to 6970s and OC to 950 if it was me.
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From what I understand, there is not much difference between 6970 and 480's? Price seems to be the big reason to go with 6950 2GB and unlock them but I am just thinking performance wise.. 6970 vs 480? Pretty much even?
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6970 will prob win every time, you just lose out on cuda. At least with the 6950 you have eyefinity 4
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From what I understand, there is not much difference between 6970 and 480's? Price seems to be the big reason to go with 6950 2GB and unlock them but I am just thinking performance wise.. 6970 vs 480? Pretty much even?
Yes a stock GTX480 and HD6970 performs very similar.. CLICK HERE

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