Which graphic for Q9400 2,66 Mhz core to quad 4GB DDR3 ram

Which graphic card should i go for. I was looking to buy 460GTX 1GB but saw somewhere that Q9400 2.66 core 2 quad 4GB DDR3 ram will bottle neck 460GTX. Well i don't want to upgrade my pc and ram. So what graphics card should i buy for my system so that i don't wast money for expansive graphic card and find it being bottle necked.Choices are

1.460GTX 1GB 256 bits
2.460GTX 768MB 192 bits
3.ATI 5830
3.ATI 4870
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  1. Bottlenecking depends on the resolution and the games that you play.
    If you are playing at a resolution like 1920x1080 then go with GTX 460 1GB, it will be fine with your setup
  2. sherry9oct said:
    Which graphic card should i go for. I was looking to buy 460GTX 1GB but saw somewhere that Q9400 2.66 core 2 quad 4GB DDR3 ram will bottle neck 460GTX. Well i don't want to upgrade my pc and ram. So what graphics card should i buy for my system so that i don't wast money for expansive graphic card and find it being bottle necked.Choices are

    1.460GTX 1GB 256 bits
    2.460GTX 768MB 192 bits
    3.ATI 5830
    3.ATI 4870


    Quote:
    Q9400 2.66 core 2 quad 4GB DDR3 ram will bottle neck 460GTX



    Hello,

    Not true. The Q9400 is a third-tier CPU and it still peforms well. I have no idea on what resolution you are gaming but,


    See it like this:


    1920*1200 and up > 1 GB
    1920*1200 and down < 768MB (Mostly 1600*1050)
    2560*1600 and up > 2 GB


    460GTX 1GB is the perfect choice for you. The GTX 460 beats the 5830. Both are DirectX 11, but 5830 is mostly a little bit cheaper. The 4870 is below the GTX460 and the 5830 and it only runs on DirectX 10

    Hope this helps.
  3. Another vote for GTX460 1GB
  4. Which motherboard do you have.? With a decent motherboard, you can overclock your CPU (3.2 GHz should be a sweet number) to remove any bottlenecks.. At high resolutions though (1680 x 1050 and up), the CPU becomes the lesser contributor as said by all.. All in all, you will be safe with the GTX 460 1GB no matter what the scenario..
  5. Emperus said:
    Which motherboard do you have.? With a decent motherboard, you can overclock your CPU (3.2 GHz should be a sweet number) to remove any bottlenecks.. At high resolutions though (1680 x 1050 and up), the CPU becomes the lesser contributor as said by all.. All in all, you will be safe with the GTX 460 1GB no matter what the scenario..

    Well i have asus motherboard i don't remember now which model i will check it when i go home.
  6. yakmar said:
    Quote:
    Q9400 2.66 core 2 quad 4GB DDR3 ram will bottle neck 460GTX


    460GTX 1GB is the perfect choice for you. The GTX 460 beats the 5830. Both are DirectX 11, but 5830 is mostly a little bit cheaper. The 4870 is beyond the GTX460 and the 5830 and it only runs on DirectX 10

    Hope this helps.


    The 4870 is the weakest of them all. Go for the gtx460 1gb version. Also you can overclock that CPU to 3-3.2GHz if you want. Just buy a cheap after market cooler, no need to invest lots of money for such a small overclock.
  7. I made a grammar error. My bad. Thanks for pointing out. It should be "below".
  8. My mother board is P5G43T-M PRO
  9. GTX 460 1Gb hands down, get your money's worth..
  10. GTX 460 1GB for sure!
  11. I don't know who said a Q9400 would bottleneck a GTX460. They're talking utter rubbish. Go with the 460 you'll have quite a nice setup. It may struggle a little with DX11 if you're playing 1680x1050 or above.
  12. + 460

    I bought the Gigabyte version and its silent.
  13. yakmar said:
    Quote:
    Q9400 2.66 core 2 quad 4GB DDR3 ram will bottle neck 460GTX


    1920*1200 and up > 1 GB
    1920*1200 and down < 768MB (Mostly 1600*1050)
    2560*1600 and up > 2 GB


    460GTX 1GB is the perfect choice for you. The GTX 460 beats the 5830. Both are DirectX 11, but 5830 is mostly a little bit cheaper. The 4870 is below the GTX460 and the 5830 and it only runs on DirectX 10

    Hope this helps.


    I disagree, the RAM amount has only a very weak correlation with performance, the GPU core has a much greater effect.
  14. That last statement is partially correct, but that depends on weather the game is going to use all of the available vram. Once vram is full and it spills over to system ram, things become extremely slow regardless of processing power. But sure, if not all the vram is being used, there will be no difference between 512mb and 2 gb. All it takes is one memory hungry game at high res and your gaming experience can be reduced to stuttering...

    Id say the best answer to the initial question is, as others have said, yes, get a gtx460 1gb. Your CPU may not allow it to reach its full potential in low res, less graphically demanding games, but you wont notice it as the FPS will be quite high anyway, in otherwords, the bottleneck will be irrelevant as its not bad enough to cause any real slowdowns to the card where it matters. Overall its more future proof, and your CPU is fine to run any game for the next couple years anyway, especially as more games take better advantage of CPU's with more than 2 cores.
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