Asus ENGTX 460 TOPedition + Q6600@2.4ghz + LG 22" monitor= Bottleneck?

I recently purchased Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU 1gb TOP edition which I installed into my old rig after toasting my old GTS8800 512mb gfx card.

My question is since it's a new GPU installed in my old rig will it be bottlenecked by my Q6600@2.4 stock CPU and LG 22" monitor (max res. 1680x 1050)? If so, should I buy a bigger monitor to reach full gpu potential?

So far I've only benchmarked my new setup with
Heaven dx11 on 1680 x 1050 no AA and scoring 800something and 35.8 FPS.

Thanks in advance

My specs is as follows:
CPU:Q6600@2.4
New GPU:ASUS Engtx460 directCU 1gb
Old GPU: gigabtye gts8800 512mb
RAM:Corsair 4gb DDR2
MOBO: P35-DS3R
PSU:650w
HDD: Seagate 2tb sata3
Monitor: LG 22"inch
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  1. You need to overclock your processor some. Q6600's are great overclockers, however their stock speed of 2.4ghz is somewhat low.
  2. Thanks for your feedback shadow187,

    I'm new to OCing, but let just say for arguments sake that I do OC my Q6600 from 2.4ghz to 3.0ghz. Would I get higher FPS?

    I would think that the problem being my "22 monitor resolution being maxed out at 1680x1050 and not my CPU? Could elaborate on this please.
  3. OC'ing the CPU will help, but I don't think its bottlenecking the GPU. Test some games and see how it goes.
  4. it would be easy to tell by comparing the performance of the 460 with your old 8800 with the games you play

    just play some games and tell us if you notice any issues
  5. A single GTX460 is about on par with a GTX280 performance wise so you should be OK just turn all the quality settings up to the max. I recently had a chance to play with a 460 on a 16 x 10 monitor although the CPU was an i3 5xx.
  6. I would overclock your processor. You can really get a nice overclock on that cpu. That would help overcome any bottlenecking...
  7. First of all thanks for everyones feedback,
    I have OC'ed my q6600 2.4 to 3.0
    FPS remains the same 35.8 @ 1860x1050
    Loading times has reduced
  8. Test some real games.
  9. Understandable, I play gfx intensive games or dx11 supported games, to use my gfx card full capabilities.
    Dirt 2, black ops, dragon age 2, avp, Starcraft 2are just some.
  10. heaven benchmark doesnt stress cpu much, only gpu. like others have said. test with an actual game. I would leave the 3ghz overclock on though, those cpu's can take it, sometimes need a voltage increase to get them 100% stable at 3ghz.
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