Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
Q6600 will let you play all the games you want and with Fermi it will be win for games. If gaming is the most you do then Fermi it is.
Originally Posted by Z Naught
When I had my q6600 at stock clocks I know that it bottlenecked my GTX 285 quite a bit, but a 480 would probably be much worse. Your probably better off going with the CPU.
Originally Posted by Ocnewb
Totally get the i7 setup. Why would u want to use the GTX480 with ur Q6600? Get the i7 set up because it will be a totally upgrade from ur current rig.
Originally Posted by pestypest
i7 hands down. I had a 8800GTX and gained close to 3k in vantage after I installed it on stock clocks. i7 do it noa!
Originally Posted by ryanrenolds08
Your quad is fine bro. Install that Fermi card and let it rock. Your quad is not bottlenecking your card.
Originally Posted by Kvjavs
I'd get the GTX 480.
Look at it like this
You spend $500 on the GTX 480. There might be a slight bottle neck however you won't see it because it will be an improvement over your current cards to begin with. You are satisfied and the the amount of the bottle neck is not bothering you.
You spent $500.
You get the CPU/Mobo/RAM for $500. You see an improvement, however it is not as drastic as you would have hoped for $500. You spend another $500 to get a GTX480 so you are more satisfied.
You spent $1000.
Would you rather spend $500 and be happy with slight bottle necking, one that you wont even see compared to your current rig, or would you rather spend $500 on a CPU/Mobo/RAM to have a bit of an improvement followed by spending another $500 on getting a more powerful card?
Save the $500 for an upgrade later on or to SLI the GTX480s.