Video Card Upgrades - Q9300 2.5 GHZ CPU

Hello,

I am thinking about upgrading the video card on my system to a new Nvidia card. The system is a Dell XPS from 2008/2009 with a Q9300 2.5 GHZ CPU. It is currently running with a GTX 260 card (896MB GDDR3). I am just wondering if it is even worth bothering with - am I pretty much bottle-necked with my current CPU?

Thanks for the help!
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  1. I assume you have done some reading about CPU/GPU bottlenecks on Tom's, but in case you haven't, here you go:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2737.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738.html

    But more to the point, I think you would find the following two articles very helpful:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclocking-pc-building,3273.html

    Looking at the first article, you can see that your CPU is in the same tier as the CPU used in this quarter/month's $500 gaming oriented build. They went with a GTX 560, and as you can see in the benchmarks, it runs games reasonably well. In my humble and honest opinion, I think that a graphics card could extend the longevity of your rig, so go for it if you have the money to make a significant upgrade!
  2. Thank you! I am relatively new to the site, so I appreciate your help searching out some relevant articles.
  3. A 560 or a hd 6870, which one comes cheaper.
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