I remember Tom's doing a test with the X2 7850 @ 2.8 and it DID bottleneck a HD4770. A HD5850 or GTX460 would be severely bottlenecked by that cpu.
This is simply misinformation without knowing his resolution, what game and what settings. If he OCs the processor, and is running at 1080p with high settings and AA I doubt there will be much if any bottlenecking for a GTX 460 except on highly multithreaded cpu intensive games perhaps.
No? Forgive me but your statement that @2.8ghz it bottlenecks an HD4770 is meaningless without context. You could probably get that processor to bottleneck an HD4670 depending on the game, resolution and settings.
Game, for starters SC2 performance is passable but gets laggy in large battles. I have a HD 3870 at the moment btw
I'm going to try to OC it to 3.0Ghz, never OCed before but with a BE, Overdrive and the guides here it shouldn't be too difficult I imagine. I think Civ5 will run without a hiccup but I may want to play FFXIV later which from the benchmark program I know will definitely bottleneck, nothing I can do there.
FFXIV is my primary concern as it's CPU intensive, I can't get a brand new PC till next year, so I want to get a video card that maximizes my performance in FFXIV which I know isn't much since my CPU will bottleneck. On 720p I'd like it to be playable though (ya I know FFXIV is poorly written and a big CPU hog).
I'd also like to take into account the next 6 months too, so average overall performance?
1. FFXIV, X2 7750 BE @ 3.0Ghz, no AA, 1280x720, best gpu?
2. General PC Games in the next 6 months, same CPU, no AA, 1280x1024, best gpu?
I guess I'll buy whichever recommended GPU is the faster from the two, thanks guys.