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Need to find a video card to go with my core2quad

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 6, 2010 1:41:13 PM

I'm currently running an old LGA 775 motherboard, with:
- Core2Duo E6600 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB

My plan is to ride out this system a little bit longer and then build a completely new system within a couple years, but I want to be able to upgrade my CPU to the highest level on that motherboard (which would be a Core 2 Quad), and find a video card that would nicely complement it.

The processor I'm looking at now is this:

The video card I'm not too sure about, and this is where I need your help. I don't want any bottlenecking to occur, either through my CPU or GPU. There's no point in upgrading to a Core2Quad if my GPU is going to limit my power or upgrade to a super nice GPU if my Core2Quad will limit me as well.

All I'm asking is: What would be a great video card to go with that core2quad? Money is not an issue, but like I said previously I really don't want to buy a nice video card that will be limited by an older processor.

I was thinking about maybe a GeForce 250GTS, or is that too little/much power to go with the C2Q?
Someone mentioned going with a Radeon 5770.
a c 140 U Graphics card
a c 152 V Motherboard
October 6, 2010 2:57:59 PM

Every system built today has some type of bottleneck. There is no way around it. It's not just the CPU limiting the GPU or vice versa. Other components can cause a bottleneck within a system; be it the software not able to take advantage of multiple cores, slow hard drive read/writes, network transfer speeds, internet connections, etc... The point is, in a well tuned system, you won't notice the bottleneck.

In my opinion, with the possible exception of the highest level cards in SLI/Crossfire configurations, no graphic card solution is going to produce a noticeable bottleneck situation due to a quad-core processor such as the one you're looking at.

-Wolf sends