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Will my core 2 quad bottleneck gtx 660?

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August 4, 2013 6:14:21 AM

Hi, I'm planning to upgrade my video card. I have an old q8200 2.33 ghz core 2 quad processor, and I'm thinking if it will bottleneck the gtx 660. If so, any recommendations for a different card or should I just upgrade my processor too?
August 4, 2013 6:18:44 AM

Yes. You would see major bottlenecks with that cpu.
I would say move to another socket, and if you're going intel - i would say go haswell.
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August 4, 2013 6:20:57 AM

I would say upgrade both, but a whole new system may be a better choice,

the 660gtx is a mid end card and would benefit from a better cpu much more,
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August 4, 2013 6:21:26 AM

Thanks for the answer, but do you have any specific CPU that you can recommend for me? I don't plan on spending more than 150$ on a CPU.
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August 4, 2013 6:26:17 AM

Castanosaur said:
Thanks for the answer, but do you have any specific CPU that you can recommend for me? I don't plan on spending more than 150$ on a CPU.


3570k can be had for around that i believe, but youd need a new mobo and possibly Ram too, at the very least,
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August 4, 2013 7:27:55 AM

He could always find 3570k used. I think they go around 180 used and it would definitely be worth the wait.
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August 4, 2013 9:37:27 AM

@ castanosaur: You can't just drop any CPU into the existing motherboard, it will only accept certain Intel (LGA775 type) processors, none of the CPUs' so far suggested will fit.
This list shows which processors WILL fit:
http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.asp...
It's almost certain you'll have to search either Craiglist or E-bay to find one.
There's nothing wrong with an older CPU either:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkf...
Pay particular attention to the Q9550 results.
More detailed information on the current system is needed: Power supply, currently installed card and, importantly, monitor resolution.
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August 4, 2013 10:17:40 AM

coozie7 said:
@ castanosaur: You can't just drop any CPU into the existing motherboard, it will only accept certain Intel (LGA775 type) processors, none of the CPUs' so far suggested will fit.
This list shows which processors WILL fit:
http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.asp...
It's almost certain you'll have to search either Craiglist or E-bay to find one.
There's nothing wrong with an older CPU either:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkf...
Pay particular attention to the Q9550 results.
More detailed information on the current system is needed: Power supply, currently installed card and, importantly, monitor resolution.

Basically to sum up what that post showed.
3570k destroys everything.
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August 4, 2013 10:31:43 AM

It also shows the Q9550 can play even heavy calibre games reasonably well, especially when overclocked.
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August 4, 2013 10:42:03 AM

coozie7 said:
It also shows the Q9550 can play even heavy calibre games reasonably well, especially when overclocked.


3570k Still poops on it though.
I just think OP should wait and save his monies and get at least a 3550.
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August 4, 2013 2:31:59 PM

We're just approaching this from different angles, mate.
Going the i5 route is by far the faster option, but, currently well out of the OPs' given budget, but he'll have to think of such a change in a year or two at most-parts for the 775 platform are getting scarce-and any system has a finite life, so it'll be a good idea if he starts to look at a full upgrade or new system fairly soon, even if it's just research.
As for the faster CPU: It'll help, but there's no getting away from the fact that this is an older rig and there's only so much more that can be squeezed out of it.
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August 4, 2013 2:48:01 PM

3470 will do just fine , if you are not planning to overclock ...
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