CPU: Q9550 with Zalman CNPS 9700 cooler (currently 2.83GHz standard)
mobo: P5Q deluxe
RAM: 4GB of corsair 4-4-4-12
graphics card: Sapphire 4870
Case: Antec 900 with additional side fan
PSU: OCZ 650W
I have just purchased a sapphire 5870 extreme around an hour ago and was looking at how my CPU could bottleneck my new graphics card. After some research i found that the card could be bottle necked considerably unless my CPU is at around 3.6Ghz.
1. Is the statement true and the card would be bottle necked unless my cpu achieves these speeds?
2. How would my current system fair with overclocking and what sort of overclock should i be looking to achieve.
I have a basic knowledge of overclocking although not extensive so consider me as a complete beginner in the area.
I suggest you get to Studying, as overclocking the Q9550 is not an easy task but definitely doable, I had mine to 4ghz on air cooling, which was difficult to achieve.
3.83ghz a solid 1G overclock and pretty much any clock below that, is much easier to reach and maintain, but you need to learn how to get there by studying the available guides and resources to learn what you need to know to overclock it.
Quick update. I have overclocked my cpu to 3.4GHz (not a huge increase i know but something i feel comfortable with) and under a full load test using prime95 im getting temps of core 0:65-66, core 1:57-58, core 2: 62, core 3: 60-61. The cpu has a voltage of 1.24. Are these temperatures decent?