CPU Gaming Bottleneck

I just wanted to get your opinion

I have a:

Q9550 @ 3.6
4x1GB PC2 6400 4-4-4-12
P35 Chipset

I recently purchased a Radeon 7870 2GB. My motherboard only supports PCI-E 1.0/1.1. I was wondering how much of a bottleneck my processor, memory and PCIe slot is during gaming.

I'm trying to decide whether it's worth upgrading those other components now.

Was looking at a i5-2500k, 8GB of DDR3 1600, Z77 Chipset.
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  1. It may be when the card is really working. I would recommend if you upgrade to look at the current gen i5 3570k.
  2. Yep. It's time for a new motherboard! Your thoughts, but with the 3570k would be a good choice (assuming you will overclock). For more detail let us know what you want to afford, etc.
  3. your processor is defiantly holding back the HD 7870 and the 1.1 x16 slot is bottlenecking it by like 20+% depending on the game

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/23.html
  4. Yes, I'm definitely planning on overclocking. The reason I was looking at Sandybridge was because I read it Overclocks better with less heat. Something like 4-4.5 ghz. Looking to spend something less than $500 for the processor, memory, motherboard.
  5. Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Total: $440

    Edit: Clock For Clock Ivy Bridge is faster than sandy bridge when both are at the same clocks
  6. Suggestion above seems good. Motherboard brand is debatable.

    You have a good power supply? Don't want to take any risks!
  7. ASRock is a great motherboard brand. They're made by ASUS if I'm not mistaken. I still would rather an MSi or ASUS motherboard, but keep in mind, they're $50-$60 more for the same features.
  8. Theres nothing wrong with azrock, they are generally supplying high end features at competitive prices. I have that one and its worked great.
  9. hah .. bad choice of wording. I wasnt questioning ASrock -- I was trying to say that everyone would have different opinions on maker.
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