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Will this bottleneck my CPU?

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 (Quad) ~2.8GHz
RAM: 8GB GDDR3
MOBO: MSI MS-7623 (I think...)
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT
*EDIT: PSU: Corsair HX850 850 watt*

So, my question is: Will my CPU bottleneck the new graphics card I am about to purchase?
it is an Nvidia GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5.

Thanks!!!
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  1. the 660ti won't bottleneck the cpu but the cpu will limit the 660ti in some games.

    get a good heatsink and overclock the cpu past 3.4ghz to help
  2. yes, but you'll have something decent to bring over to your next build.
  3. Hmmmm how about just an Nvidia GTX 660?
    kinda strapped for cash and only have enough for a new GPU which is mainly what i need since mine is on the fritz!
    Thanks for the replies!
  4. gpu wont bottle neck the cpu. the cpu will bottleneck the gpu. right now the 9800gt is still a good card. id suggest getting a platform upgrade to the (whatever the new amd one is called) or ivy bridge(i5 of course) since processing power is important as well as gpu power.
  5. You can get a decent CPU cooler for about $20.

    That being said, as swifty_morgan said, isn't it better to have more power, and use it in your next build / not have it be a weak point when you upgrade?
  6. iMammoth said:
    Hmmmm how about just an Nvidia GTX 660?
    kinda strapped for cash and only have enough for a new GPU which is mainly what i need since mine is on the fritz!
    Thanks for the replies!

    the 660 is a good bargain for ~$220. still, i suggest overclocking that cpu.
  7. Ah i see.
    Right now im "Trying" to play recent games like Natural Selection 2
    and with everything at LOW settings and overclocking my 9800GT i still get about 15-25 FPS on average... Is this really due to my CPU or a little of both or mainly the GPU?
  8. and another question if i may. I am Extremely new to OC a CPU. I can't seem to figure it out for the life of me on my BIOs i have no clue where to go and what to increase. If there is a good guide or some kind of advice itd be much appreciated!!
  9. anything more than a gtx650 will be bottlenecked by that cpu in most games. I would suggest upgrading cpu and gpu at the same time. Find out what if your motherboard supports phenom II x4 or fx 4300 chips. You should be able to pick up one of those cpu's for $100-120 and pair it with a gtx650ti.
  10. iam2thecrowe said:
    anything more than a gtx650 will be bottlenecked by that cpu in most games. I would suggest upgrading cpu and gpu at the same time. Find out what if your motherboard supports phenom II x4 or fx 4300 chips. You should be able to pick up one of those cpu's for $100-120 and pair it with a gtx650ti.

    Will the 660 still bottleneck after I OC my cpu?
    I can get it to 3.X (right now 3.1 but I just bought a new heat sync to keep temps down for further OC)
  11. The processor will be fine for a GTX 660, it will not be ideal by any means but it will handle most games out there just fine. If you want to go 660 Ti or higher, you should get yourself an i5 or an FX 83xx.
  12. a gtx660 is equivelant to the previous gen gtx570 and 580, people were getting i5 2500k cpu's or highly overclocked pheonm II's (4ghz+) as to not bottleneck them. how quickly most people forget.....
  13. So I bought the gtx 660 ti.
    Im at the dilemma of either getting the AMD Phenom Black Edition 3.4ghz or should upgrade my MOBO to an AM3+ socket and get the FX series cpu?
  14. if money is tight, get the BE. if you have the cash then get an i5 and mobo or save up for it.
  15. Yeah I figured so. Money is rather tight so I was seriously consider the BE. But I know for the long haul itd be a much smarter choice to get the new MOBO/CPU.
    What about OC the BE to ~4.0Ghz?
    Still iffy?
    I have a new heat sync/fan on the way to help with the OC.
  16. even a new BE would help not over clocked.
  17. Yeah I think I may be gettin a new BE. Just simply because of affordability.
    ~$100 which is a great price.
    I would get something slightly better but again my MOBO supports AM3
    So I think im running out of options unless I snag an AM3+.
  18. :whistle:
    *cough* *cough* intel *cough* *cough* platform *couch *cough*
    :ange:
  19. Anonymous said:
    :whistle:
    *cough* *cough* intel *cough* *cough* platform *couch *cough*
    :ange:


    yeah, well......... new processor, new mobo, new ram.......... what's his affordable option right now?
  20. Think ill be sticking to AMD :) has never failed me and much more affordable than the i3-i7.
    Seem to be pretty damn reliable too!
    Maybe one day looniam maybe one day.
  21. the redbull made me do it! :bounce:

    honestly i may like intel but i do want to see you get the best you can . . whatever the platform.
  22. yeah I do like Intel a lot.
    just a little pricey for me!
    I work a rather crappy job $9/hr 20-30 hrs a week :/
    But hey its a job.
    So on the AMD side of things, what MOBO and CPU would you recommend for ~$200 ish?
    My MOBO is an oldster and it really is about time to get one with the AM3+ socket since that pretty much what AMD went to.
    Like i mentioned earlier i would love something to pair well with the GTX660 ti!
    Thanks a million for everyone's inputs!!!
  23. Best answer
    maybe think about getting a good 990X board:
    ASUS M5A99X EVO $129.99
    $109.99 after $20.00 rebate card

    and a decent heatsink:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
    $19.99 after $10.00 rebate card

    then overclock that athlonIIx4 until you have enough for:
    AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz $189.99

    using $160 is less than $200 ($40) and $30 in rebate cards will give you $70 towards the 8350. you would need to save $120 to get it later.
  24. sweet i was looking at that MOBO earlier.
    It just gets a bit overwhelming for me cuz im rather new to the computer building and what not.
    Thank you very much i do believe i'll go this route!
    i already bought the heatsink and its set to arrive by 1/5 :D
    Thanks a million looniam you've been so much help!
  25. Best answer selected by iMammoth.
  26. nice job! - you're better than you think you are.

    happy to help.
  27. so you're going to spend 360 bucks on more, slow amd components. Intel has the fastest stuff right now.
  28. Anonymous said:
    maybe think about getting a good 990X board:
    ASUS M5A99X EVO $129.99
    $109.99 after $20.00 rebate card

    and a decent heatsink:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
    $19.99 after $10.00 rebate card

    then overclock that athlonIIx4 until you have enough for:
    AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz $189.99

    using $160 is less than $200 ($40) and $30 in rebate cards will give you $70 towards the 8350. you would need to save $120 to get it later.

    you could get an ivy bridge i3 and motherboard for that, and it would spank your athlon x4 for gaming, no atter how much you overclock it. And you could then upgrade to a proper i5 cpu. which spanks everything for gaming.
  29. you last two posters need to read the thread; the OP had $200 max to spend on his rig; there is no way he could have switched platforms and gotten the performance he is at now.

    sure it would have been great to switch but some folks are limited financially. and the bottom line is its his choice which way he goes . .if you can't respect that . . . :non:
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