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My HD4870x2 is finally dying and I found an OEM 680 at a decent price (well decent for EU prices anyway). I will probably upgrade the rest of my system as soon as Haswell shows itself but it's not 100% guaranteed I will have the cash. Does anyone have any experience running a 680 with an E8600 ? I know it will be a major bottleneck, I'm just interested in knowing the potential. If anyone has any hard numbers/bench results to share I would be very thankful.

Another question, do we have an idea when the 700 series is supposed to be released ? If it's withing the next 4-5 months I might as well wait for it and just pick a cheap card.
 

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It depends, of course, on the game your play. The E8600 doesn't stand a snowball's chance if you're playing Battlefield 3. However, it should be able to hold its own in most games for a bit, and the 680 will be a fine card to put into your next rig when you DO choose to upgrade.
 

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Sell the e8600, pick up a Q9550, and your total cost of upgrade is around $50. Overclock that to 3.8ghz+ and you will cut down on that bottleneck severely.
 
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Sell the e8600, pick up a Q9550, and your total cost of upgrade is around $50. Overclock that to 3.8ghz+ and you will cut down on that bottleneck severely.
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I considered that, I had a QX9650 that I got used for a few months back in 2010. I could only get it to 3.6 and had to use a lot of volts to keep it stable, not sure if my boards have problem with quads or that particular CPU just wasn't a good clocker. I sold it to upgrade to Sandy in 2011 but never got the cash for the rest of the system. Thanks to the both of you for your advice anyway, and if anyone had any bench to share with a 680 and a 4GHz C2D/C2Q (unlikely I know
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newer q9550 are actually better ocers than the qx9650 due to the stepping. Look for an E0, they OC great. The C1 qx9650s weren't that good of overclockers.
 

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newer q9550 are actually better ocers than the qx9650 due to the stepping. Look for an E0, they OC great. The C1 qx9650s weren't that good of overclockers.
Oh I know that, problem is my RAM isn't that good OCing wise either, it would be hard to go above 410-420 FSB.
 

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newer q9550 are actually better ocers than the qx9650 due to the stepping. Look for an E0, they OC great. The C1 qx9650s weren't that good of overclockers.
That's just not true. I've had 4 QX9650's in the past. All of which did over 4Ghz without any issues. With the best sample doing 4.5Ghz.
 
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