I currently have this rig:
q6600 @ 2.4 (stock)
msi p35 neo
corsair 4gb ram
and I have a 24" monitor resolution: 1920x1080.
I was reading a lot about a q6600 being a bottleneck for a hd5850 or not and I don't get any wiser, because some people say yes it is a bottleneck and others say no it isn't. Maybe one of you can explain me why it will or won't be a bottleneck??
It really depends on the game you are running. Since some games are more GPU dependent and others CPU dependent it really depends. To make sure your machine is operating at top efficiency try www.blackviper.com to configure you system for maximum performance and turn off what you dont use to free up system resources.