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Will my CPU bottleneck the Video Card?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 14, 2012 3:25:07 PM


I'm planning on buying a new video card and replace my old HD4850.
What I want to buy is the Gigabyte Radeon HD6950 1GB OC, but I'm concerned that my CPU will bottleneck it.
My current build is:

Intel Core2Quad Q9300 @2.5Ghz
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (Doesn't support Intel iX CPUs)
4GB Ram
Enermax Pro+82 525W PSU
Sapphire Radeon HD4850 Vapour-X
A 1920x1080 resolution Samsung monitor

My questions are :
Will my CPU bottleneck the video card I want to buy?
Will overclocking the cpu help to increase the hd6950's performence?
If the bottleneck will hurt the video card's performence a lot, can you suggest a video card that will perform better?

Thanks in advance !

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January 14, 2012 3:31:59 PM

I don't think your cpu will bottleneck 6950. A little overclock will help. The video card will perform verry good.
January 14, 2012 3:33:40 PM

Good to hear !
Anyone else ?
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January 14, 2012 3:36:11 PM

probably your card was ahead to your cpu,if you can? upggrade to i5 2500k or either i7..but you still safe in that cpu you have.
January 14, 2012 3:44:23 PM

Thanks for the quick replies!
Unfortunatly I don't have the option to upgrade my CPU to an i3/i5/i7 since my mobo doesn't ssupport these chipsets.
January 14, 2012 3:50:46 PM

like sosofm said, oc your cpu to have a better performance to your card
January 14, 2012 4:00:08 PM

Thank you all for the replies!
January 14, 2012 6:30:37 PM

Best answer selected by Daniel_M.