How badly is my cpu bottlenecking my gpu?

I'm running a Q8400 2.66 with a GTX 680 FTW(A impulse buy). How bad is the bottlenecking?

I'm running my games with 6gb ddr2 ,1680x1050 monitor and a 650 PSU. I played some BF3 multiplayer last night and was averaging 35 fps on high. Skyrim seems to dip big time in towns and I'm still having problems with Borderlands 2 Physx on high.

I'm not trying to overclocking my cpu seeing I just want to get a new MB, Ram, and CPU. But how badly is my current cpu bottlenecking my GTX 680?
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  1. It is very badly bottleneck i think you are losing 40-50 fps.
  2. at that resolution it is probably very bad indeed...
    you could monitor the GPU load percentage while gaming, GPU-Z will show it and can log it as well
    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/
    if it isnt at the high 90s then there is bottlenecking going on (or vsync limiting the fps at 60fps)
  3. Thanks guys, I really appreciate the answers.

    I do monitor my gpu with evga precision. And the only game that came close to 100% usage was Metro 2033.
    I got to tell you, the GTX 680 is a great incentive to buy new parts for my computer
  4. DafLapin said:
    Thanks guys, I really appreciate the answers.

    I do monitor my gpu with evga precision. And the only game that came close to 100% usage was Metro 2033.
    I got to tell you, the GTX 680 is a great incentive to buy new parts for my computer

    yeah, metro 2033 can be really hard on the gpu, so no surprise there :wahoo:
    and it should be, it is pretty much as good as it gets on the gpu front these days (though the next gen is coming out before summer :sol: )
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