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Will GTX 460 1g bottle neck my cpu?

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November 24, 2011 5:56:35 AM

Hello,

I want to get a GTX 460 to replace a 9800gt. I need to know if my cpu will bottleneck the new card. I'm using a INtel Core2 Q9300 @2.50gz processor.

If the GTX 460 does bottleneck the cpu what other card would be a good upgrade?
I have a 700 watt power supply.
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November 24, 2011 6:08:19 AM

no bottleneck it would be fine your cpu is stronger enough
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November 24, 2011 7:46:09 AM

GTX460 1GB (non SE) is almost twice as fast as your old 9800GT. your cpu is fine but you might need to overclock your cpu a bit
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November 24, 2011 7:58:15 AM

It would be a good match up, but as renz said, OC your CPU if you feel comfortable doing so.
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November 26, 2011 4:05:04 AM

I really don't want to OC my cpu....just yet. I just want my pc to handle new games for the next 3 years and I'm hoping the GTX460 will do the trick. How much of a bottleneck do you think I will have?
My second thought my motherboard supports ntune sooo I will play with it and get it up to speed.
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November 26, 2011 4:51:34 AM

given today standards GTX460 is a mid range gpu. GTX460 is bare minimum you need if you play at 1080p. honestly i don't think GTX460 will last for 3 years but if you don't mind play games with lower details you should be good for a while. on the cpu side it is better if you can push it around 3ghz+.
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November 26, 2011 5:43:15 AM

if you can then you should get a nvidia gts 450 2 gb it will be better as you would not need to make any changes to he system tower and it can play games at good resolution ..................however gtx 460 is quite a heavy load for the processor you have
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November 26, 2011 6:51:17 AM

SWTORgamer said:
I really don't want to OC my cpu....just yet. I just want my pc to handle new games for the next 3 years and I'm hoping the GTX460 will do the trick. How much of a bottleneck do you think I will have?
My second thought my motherboard supports ntune sooo I will play with it and get it up to speed.

about 5% bottleneck but isn't too bad.
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November 26, 2011 7:40:37 AM

you cpu is good dont overclock it if you dont like
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November 26, 2011 8:24:29 AM

mohit_king said:
if you can then you should get a nvidia gts 450 2 gb it will be better as you would not need to make any changes to he system tower and it can play games at good resolution ..................however gtx 460 is quite a heavy load for the processor you have


He IS NOT better off with gts 450.. He wants his card to be still playable in 3 years.

To the OP: What resolution do you plan playing on?
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November 26, 2011 11:14:17 AM

mohit_king said:
if you can then you should get a nvidia gts 450 2 gb it will be better as you would not need to make any changes to he system tower and it can play games at good resolution ..................however gtx 460 is quite a heavy load for the processor you have


GTS450 can give you good performance if you play at 1680x1050 and below. but personally i don't think 9800GT to GTS450 is a big upgrade. not to mention he want the new card to last ofr 3 years. btw 2GB of RAM on GTS450 is useless
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November 27, 2011 4:30:01 AM

pro-gamer said:
about 5% bottleneck but isn't too bad.


Thank you for the information. I will hold off on OC my cpu.
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November 27, 2011 4:35:36 AM

Sunius said:
He IS NOT better off with gts 450.. He wants his card to be still playable in 3 years.

To the OP: What resolution do you plan playing on?


I'm ok with 1280X1024. I'm hoping for more though.
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November 27, 2011 5:08:46 AM

don't be in a tention you will be fine with gtx460.
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November 27, 2011 5:36:15 AM

Thank you all for the feedback! I just bought EVGA Geforce gtx 460 from amazon for $135 with the rebate. Cheers and happy gaming.
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December 4, 2011 12:08:25 AM

Just installed the GTX 460! OMG all my games are soooo fast and sharp now! No problems installing the 2.0 pci-e express into my pci-e 1.0 express slot. I am glad my Power Supply had the two 6-pin PCI express power connectors ready to go for the GTX 460.
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December 4, 2011 12:09:32 AM

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