Upgrading to gtx 480! Need help please,,,

cpu: Q9300 3.3ghz
Gpu: Gtx 280 Oced
Mobo: Evga 780i sli
Ram: Kingston 4gigs DDR2 800Mhz
Asetek liquid cooling
HD: 2x500gb western digital 7200rpm
OS: W7
Monitor: Acer P241w 24"
Numerous cooling fans haha

Hi all, had some questions regarding an upgrade to a gtx 480 while running a Q9300 at 3.3ghz.
First, i would like to know if I will have a cpu bottleneck even when oced to 3.3ghz?

I have researched and found that at stalk settings the Q9300 will bottleneck the 480 slightly.
But i would like some input as to what extent the bottleneck would do to performance, and if ocing it slighlty higher may help or just keep it at 3.3ghz and roll with it....

So any suggestion/opinions/recommendations are totally welcome and would be appreciated.. thanks
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    A C2Q @ 3.3 would be fine for a GTX 480.
    As for other recommendations,well your rig looks quite good,just make sure you have an adequate PSU for your card
  2. Thankyou Maziar for replying!! That makes me feel a lot better for sure! My power supply should be fine, i have a nzxt 800 watt psu and its been great even when i have the cpu and gpu oced.

    Thanks again for the quick reply.
  3. No problem,hope you enjoy it
  4. thanks man!
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