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How do I know if my cpu will bottleneck my gpu?

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January 25, 2011 12:49:03 AM

Hello to everyone,

This is my first time posting a question here and I thank you in advance for your time and possible advise.

My system specs are:

Phenom II x3 720 BE overclocked to 3.2ghz

4gigs ddr 2 ram

Biostar TA790gx 128m mobo

and a GTX 260 core192

650 watt Antec Greenwatts PSU

Monitor resolution 1920 x 1080

I was considering upgrading my GPU to a Radeon 6950 or 6970. Would my current CPU bottleneck either of these cards, and if so, as an alternative to the GPUs that I mentioned what card would give me the most performance increase possible for gaming in this system?


Thanks again to everyone for their time and consideration.


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January 25, 2011 5:40:59 AM

For gaming, you should be OK. The Phenom II CPU's are plenty powerful in a gaming rig, especially when overclocked. I would recommend the 6950 over the 6970; it's better value for money if you look at price vs performance.
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January 25, 2011 5:56:46 AM

Agreed, any 6 series card out should be fine on what ya have. Definitely go for the 6950, and take a look at this.
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January 25, 2011 1:21:07 PM

At that resolution should not be much bottleneck.

The 6950 can be unlocked to 6970.
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January 28, 2011 6:42:02 PM

Best answer selected by Tornonthecob.
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January 28, 2011 6:43:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the quick and informative responses.
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January 28, 2011 7:21:11 PM

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