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Will a 965BE bottleneck a GTX660?

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August 20, 2012 7:58:20 PM

Just wondering if my cpu will be a bottleneck if I were to upgrade my graphics to a GTX660?

Currently using:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (~3.4ghz)
Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
EVGA GTX 460 768mb /w 25" Hanns G 1080p monitor
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

Nothing is overclocked at the moment but I plan to do so since my pc is starting to show its age (almost 2 years old). I would like to eventually build an intel pc but this one still has some kick left in it. Main reason I want to upgrade my card is some slight stuttering at 1080p with mixed med/high settings and no AA etc.

Any thoughts?

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August 20, 2012 8:09:01 PM

the 660ti should be the last and final upgrade to that build
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August 20, 2012 8:15:39 PM

You will be ok with that set up.
Bottleneck is the term used by most to mean will it be restricted in anyway.
Yes it will, from a technical stand point you would get more FPS from an over clocked 2500K for example.
Will it be that bad that it will cause issues and be unplayable ? No, it will be fine.

Mactronix :) 
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August 20, 2012 8:44:54 PM

upgrading to a 660ti will still net you a great performance increase. I agree with mactronix's breakdown.
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August 20, 2012 9:04:31 PM

Would you say that this build is near its end of life cycle and I would be better off using the $300 towards a new intel mobo/cpu (i5?) and use my GTX460 till I have enough funds for a better card that wont be bottlenecked by the cpu?

Just brainstorming on what would be a good logical and financial step forward :) 
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August 20, 2012 9:15:31 PM

spartanmk2 said:
Would you say that this build is near its end of life cycle and I would be better off using the $300 towards a new intel mobo/cpu (i5?) and use my GTX460 till I have enough funds for a better card that wont be bottlenecked by the cpu?

Just brainstorming on what would be a good logical and financial step forward :) 


Well what you suggest would be a sensible option, you will probably see a little more performance with the switch to the i5 set up. You should defiantly look at an i5 nothing lower and the i7 CPU's really only make sense if you do a lot of video encoding work.

Mactronix :) 
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August 20, 2012 9:18:48 PM

spartanmk2 said:
Would you say that this build is near its end of life cycle and I would be better off using the $300 towards a new intel mobo/cpu (i5?) and use my GTX460 till I have enough funds for a better card that wont be bottlenecked by the cpu?

Just brainstorming on what would be a good logical and financial step forward :) 


there is some real truth in that thought
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August 20, 2012 9:27:15 PM

Cool thanks for the help! I'll start researching a new setup that i'll enjoy :D . Any recommendations on an excellent i5 and mobo?
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August 20, 2012 9:27:57 PM

Best answer selected by spartanmk2.
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August 20, 2012 9:35:24 PM

No, a GTX660 +Phenom II will be better in most games than i5 +GTX460.
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August 20, 2012 9:35:28 PM

spartanmk2 said:
Cool thanks for the help! I'll start researching a new setup that i'll enjoy :D . Any recommendations on an excellent i5 and mobo?


3570k
3770k has an edge in video encoding, photoshop, etc
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