Bottleneck + motherboard question

so, i am going to go for a phenom ii x4 965BE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727) and a radeon 7770 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402). i would love to run skyrim on medium and MAYBE high settings with a budget of <$650. im planning on getting this aftermarket cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065) to overclock the CPU with hopefully no bottleneck. the question is, how bad will the bottleneck be if any? second question is - is the framerate/quality any different if i use a pci express slot 2.0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637) with a pci express 3.0 card? thanks so much! :)
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  1. A Phenom II x4 965 will not bottleneck a 7770 even un-overclocked.

    PCI- Gen3 is useless right now, its largely just a future proofing thing. Even a 2nd gen 8x slot is enough for even the most powerful cards.
  2. manofchalk said:
    A Phenom II x4 965 will not bottleneck a 7770 even un-overclocked.

    PCI- Gen3 is useless right now, its largely just a future proofing thing. Even a 2nd gen 8x slot is enough for even the most powerful cards.



    would the bottleneck be bad even if that 7770 was a 6850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908)?
  3. The 965BE shouldn't be able to bottleneck card up to a 7950.
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