I am on a tight budget and I have want to upgrade my rig: 280 gtx, q9550, 6gb ddr2. I want to prepare for the dynamite games coming up: BF3, Skyrim, etc. I was thinking a 560 ti, will my q9550 be a bottleneck. Or are cpu's only a bottleneck when gaming on low specs?
your q9550 is still an amazing cpu.
It should be able to run your games on high settings at default 1440x900 res.
Cpu are important to games up to a certain extent.