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Will my q6600 2.4ghz bottleneck a 5870 gpu?

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March 29, 2011 7:58:55 AM

I have gateway computer that I bought from bestbuy and I just found out that my cpu can't be overclocked in the bios menu. Now I am stuck with a stock 2.4ghz unless I buy a new motherboard. Am I gonna experience any bottleneck on my new 5870? If so, how much of a bottleneck? Can anyone also recommend me a good motherboard with decent price(preferably around $100) for my setup?

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March 29, 2011 12:09:42 PM

what resolution do you play at if its 1920x1080 you wont have much of a noticable bottleneck.
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March 29, 2011 2:57:29 PM

Cpu scales alot more under 1920x1080. so let us know what res you play at.
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March 29, 2011 5:12:56 PM

Well my main monitors native res is 1680x1050 so I'll guess I'll be playing at that res. I use dual monitor however which is basically just for watching movies and that monitor is a 32" 1080p. I'll mostly be playing SC2, Shogun 2 and Crysis1 and warhead
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March 29, 2011 5:22:44 PM

Yeah that's gonna be a big bottleneck. At that speed you would be holding back a 5770, let alone a 5870.

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March 29, 2011 9:28:17 PM

The Q35 should allow for a overclock, just not as high as a P35 or as stable.

I have a Q6600 @ 3GHz with a HD5870 and play at 1600x900. I am able to max out Crysis 1 with no real lag.

Thinking of upgrading it to a Q9550 for laughs but not sure my Q6600 is that slow.
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