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Upgrading from a GTX 460 to a GTX 670. Bottleneck?

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May 15, 2012 12:34:34 PM

Well, as title says I am planning on upgrading from a GTX 460 to a GTX 670. Massive upgrade so I was wondering if my system will be bottlenecked.

I plan on buying my new graphics card in July with a max of £500. I usually buy my parts off Scan or Novatech. With such a graphics card, I will continue to play a lot of games (such as BF3, TSW, Skyrim and etc) but I use 3D Vision so it has to be an Nvidia card. I don’t really plan on overclocking my graphics card much and I don’t want to SLI or plan on going Surround Vision.

Well my current system is:

Operating System: Windows 7 Home 64 bit
Processor: Intel i5 CPU 760 @ 2.80GHz (4 CPUs), OC'd to roughly ~3.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM DDR3 @ ~1600MHZ
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 460
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 22" @ 1680 x 1050
PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W

I know my CPU is not the greatest, and more than likely my system will be bottlenecked but by how much?

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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 12:36:49 PM

there shouldnt be any bottleneck as you verclocked your cpu. i would recomed a higher overclock of 3.5ghz to 3.8ghz just in case if you actually run into one
May 15, 2012 12:39:58 PM

TheBigTroll said:
there shouldnt be any bottleneck as you verclocked your cpu. i would recomed a higher overclock of 3.5ghz to 3.8ghz just in case if you actually run into one


Yea, would need a better CPU cooler for that though. Maybe get a lower end GTX 670 and buy a better CPU cooler.
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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 12:55:32 PM

no. get a non-reference 670 so that it would last longer and offer more OC headroom.

also, a cooler master tpc 812 or hyper 212 evo will be good for that job.
May 15, 2012 1:10:08 PM

Wow thanks for the replies :-) its comforting to know that I do not need to upgrade my CPU or PSU.

I think I will be going for the GPU Refillable linked and the cooler Sunnk linked.

a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 1:33:49 PM

Oh no, infact you could probably handle two 670's on that power supply. But as your system is now, It most likely wouldn't bottleneck. now even if it does. You can get a cheap hyper *** from Cooler master and overclock 200 more mhz
a c 217 U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 1:41:49 PM

Almost all balanced systems will bottleneck from time to time. Especially with that resolution. I'm telling you this so you don't come back complaining that you are getting low minimum FPS in BF3, or that you get large dips in towns when playing Skyrim, or that large battles in Starcraft II brings your system to its knees still.

Bottlenecking is just a reality of gaming. Depending on the game, you may see some bottlenecking. That doesn't mean it's not the right card for you.

If you play demanding games, like BF3, Metro 2033, Crysis, The Witcher 2, fully patched Crysis 2 and the like, a 670 will be welcomed, as they stress the GPU a lot. Just realize that your CPU will occasionally bottleneck you.
May 15, 2012 2:00:15 PM

Yea I get what you are saying Bystander, but was mainly wondering if, well, I would get more frames if I was to buy a 2500k and a GTX 580 instead of just buying a GTX 670.

Hell, would be surprised if my computer doesnt get a random frame rate drop in BF3 :-P
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 2:14:19 PM

If you're not planning on buying until July, it's really early to start looking for parts. A lot is going to change in 45+ days. One week is plenty of time to research what to buy.
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 2:27:23 PM

imunreal said:
Yea I get what you are saying Bystander, but was mainly wondering if, well, I would get more frames if I was to buy a 2500k and a GTX 580 instead of just buying a GTX 670.

Hell, would be surprised if my computer doesnt get a random frame rate drop in BF3 :-P

Slightly better framerate in CPU-intensive games, yes - because a 580 will also max out most any game at your resolution. IMO get the 670 and upgrade to Haswell i5 next year :) 
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