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Cheap motherboard + powerful GPU? (B65AL + GTX660 2GB)

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April 28, 2013 2:48:01 PM

Hello there! So, I got some confusion about this one:
About a year and a half ago, I've recieved the next desktop as a present:
Cpu - Core i5 2400, 3.1ghz.
Motherboard - Intel B65AL
Memory - 8GB DDR3-1333Mhz (Samsung 2GBx4)
Video Card - GeForce GTS 450
PSU - SeaSonic 600W Bronze (I've bought it, because the pc came with some cheap unknown- brand fake 400W PSU).
Now I've took my friends HD6850 OC - and my pc runs flawlessly, Battlefield 3 on fullhd (I got a 27" screen, so I must play on 1920x1080) - runs at Low-Medium-High Mixed settings and rarely drops below 60fps (No AA of course), 3DMark 11 Scores around 4100 points (for example, a lot of hd6850 reviews showed 3500 points, and those results were on top notch gaming mobo's) - So nothing is bottlenecking my GPU.
Now.... I must give the hd6850 back to my friend, and myself - want to upgrade to an EVGA GTX660 SuperClocked 2GB (non-ti) - (please say nothing about it - I'm totally sure to go with this card).
So finally, my question is - If I am COMPLETELY NOT using overclock on my CPU, and RAM, should I upgrade my MoBo? It has a 1155 socket, and PCI-E x16 like on any other mobo, I am NOT interested on SLI, Crossfire, Overclocking, I'm running only 1 hdd, and like I said my pc with that "silly" mobo - showing me some great performances.
In addition to that I want to know (just in case) - What will happen if i'll install a GTX 680/ GTX Titan/ HD7970 or any other top gpu?
Thank you very much!
April 28, 2013 3:08:05 PM

You shouldn't experience any bottlenecks with that motherboard.
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April 28, 2013 3:24:35 PM

As long as you have good airflow and decent cooling you should be ok. That motherboard does not have much leeway in vrm support and the more you stress it trying not to bottleneck a fast gpu, the warmer it will become.

Personally, I wouldn't go above the 660 without a new mobo, but then I tend to be overly cautious. A 680,Titan, etc. will definately bottleneck that cpu which in turn will really stress the vrm.

JMO,

Mark
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April 28, 2013 3:58:36 PM

Well well ...... just get a new mobo -.- they are cheap and that way you won't have to worry about anything. For example. Go for z68xp ud3p. I could not express how great this mobo is. Cost mr £40 on sale :)  allows cf (at adequate speed 8*) allows oc...and third gen cpu with new bios update which can if your worried be done by desktop bios utility that the mobo comes with :) 
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