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Last response: in Systems
June 1, 2011 5:33:11 AM

I've got my homebuilt computer consisting of:
Gtx 260 core 216 - 3 years old
Q9550 @ 3.4 ghz , 2 years old
Asus p5q pro - 2 years old
G.Skill DDR2-800 4GB - 3 years old
600W OCZ GameXstream - 3 years old
Windows 7 64bit ultimate
Game at a resolution of 1680x1050

My question is if I should upgrade my power supply for my next video card, like a HD 6870 or GTX 560 if I would have enough power for the new card and more over-clocking. But also would my 3.4ghz q9550 bottleneck either of those cards or better cards? And would it even be worth it to upgrade from a gtx 260 to said cards?

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 1, 2011 4:54:49 PM

At 1680x1050, any upgrade would be a waste.

6850 wouldn't be much upgrade, if at all.
June 2, 2011 3:25:32 AM

1. your cpu wont bottleneck any GPU till now, including the gtx580 and 2xgtx560. so add any card you care for.


a 560/6870 is bit overkill at this resolution.
a 6850/gtx460 is sufficient for this resolution.
now decide that if its worth changing the card.

Alright so if the GPU can easily be upgraded, should I upgrade the ram while i'm at it or get a better power supply? Haven't kept a gaming power supply for more than 4 years either.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2011 4:38:46 PM

4gb of ram is enough for gaming. Adding more would be a waste because you can't use it on your next system.

The power supply is really a 500w unit, so your going to be limited there with what you can do gpu wise.