hey there and thx in advance to all the help. Well as the title says i currently have a q6600 OC to 3.4GHz and an 8800GTX. now what my question is is will there be major bottlenecking if i was to upgrade to a 570gtx or since i have my cpu at 3.4 will it be fine? Doing searches ive found mixed opinions on the subject.
I wouldn't think you'd have any problem. Your processor may be older, but it is a quad core at 3.4Ghz. I would recommend the graphics upgrade. Most newer games are more GPU dependent. If it is bottlenecked in some way, it will be very slight. I would say you should go for it. You can upgrade your CPU later when you have the cash.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 6950 major bottleneck on q6600.I have mine on 3.4 and games are definitely better than when i had my 4870.Its extremely bottlenecked and when i crossfired my flashed 6950s,barely any improvement.So now im stuck with this set up until i can upgrade to a bulldozer.
I can only advise,decision lies on you.
It depends a lot on your monitor resolution and the games you are playing.
Your processor will prevent you from going over 40-60 FPS in some games, but it's not a bottleneck if you are playing a game graphically intensive or you have a high resolution that would force your 570 to work hard.
nope thats not true,i play crysis at full HD and its chugging along pretty badly,running 25fps-ish.True some better coded games run much better than others.Since he was thinking of a 570,there's no reason but to run games in Full HD which these high end cards shine at.At this point in time,q6600 is getting pretty old and if you decide to get a gfx without a decent cpu upgrade as well,you will not see the true potential of your chosen gfx card
Think of it this way, a q6600 can play any game out with good fps. a gtx570 can play any game out with good FPS. a q6600 at 3.4 is similar to a phenom x4 at 3.4, people say theyre getting old, but they can still match newer processors clock for clock in gaming as there have been no real major advances in CPU tech except for lower power consumption. The core i5/i7 is based on a similar design, just a bit more efficient.