Bottleneck question (Q9550, GTX 560, GTX 590, GTX 660)

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IlijaPlayerP
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Hello.

My system specs:

X48 motherboard, Q9550, 8GB DDR2, GTX 560 Ti.

Now, I like the GTX 560 Ti, it's pretty fast, but I was wondering. Now with the 600 series coming in the near future, the prices of 500 series will drop, so getting a GTX 590 would be nice, no? But will my CPU bottleneck the GTX 590? And how about if I overclock the CPU 24/7 at 3.8GHz or 4.0GHz? And what about GTX 660? Although little is know, but will that graphics card be bottlenecked by the CPU (being PCI-E 3.0 and my motherboard being PCI-E 2.0)? And finally, is my current GTX 560 Ti being bottlenecked (I am running the stock 2.83GHz frequency)?

Thanks in advance.

Razear
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It's hard to say anything about NVIDIA's next gen cards until their is an official announcement. The price of older cards for sure will drop, that is to be expected with every new release. If you had a 590 in your system, your CPU would more than likely bottleneck, it's quite dated by now when using a flagship dual CPU video card. The 560 Ti should not be bottlenecked by your current system however.

IlijaPlayerP
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Interesting reply, thanks. Yes, the GTX 590 is quite the graphics card, I tought that it would be bottlenecked by this CPU. I'm happy for my GTX 560 Ti that it's not bottlenecked :D I may upgrade to GTX 660 if and when it's available. I'll trade in this card pay some amount of money (if it's not too much) and get the new one, and that will be the last upgrade for this system, I'm thinking, because it's getting old.

3dGameMan
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Speaking of bottleneck, what HDD do you have?

BTW: The 590 would probably bet the 660.

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IlijaPlayerP
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Yay - Rodney replied :D

I have Western Digital Caviar Blue - 500GB, 7.200 RPM, 16MB Cache, SATA II. I wanted to buy WD Black 1TB couple of months after I got the WD Blue, but the flood in Indonesia (or wherever) happened, and the prices instantly doubled. And there was no way I was gonna pay double the price of the already expensive WD Black. So for now I'm stuck with this HDD, maybe I'll get a 32GB or 64GB SSD for the OS later.

What do you mean "BTW: The 590 would probably bet the 660."? You meant "beat"? I know that the GTX 590 would beat the GTX 660, but if my CPU bottlenecks the GTX 590 then it won't be worth the money, I'd rather get the GTX 660 and not bottleneck it, or slightly bottleneck it. Don't you think?

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I have a Q9550 on a 780i mobo, paired with 8GB DDR2800 Patriot High Performance RAM, a pair of Samsung F3 500GB's in RAID 0, Corsair TX850, and an MSI GTX560. I have yet to see the CPU bottleneck the GPU honestly, but it also has a lot to do with screen resolution being used. I rarely play on anything above 1280x1024, but occasionally I'll push it to my monitor's full res of 1680x1050, eye candy up, etc. I'm talking about games like Batman: AA and AC, BF3, Dead Island, TF2, etc. (I play a good variety of games, with assorted graphics requirements), and as I stated, I've not seen any issues, unless I try to max it to the gills, which of course will choke the GPU by itself. The CPU handles things fine, but it's the GPU that has to handle the main workload. As long as the rest of your rig is up to par, such as a lot of fast RAM, a speedy HDD/SSD array, etc., then you should be fine, but it depends on the res you're gaming at.

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The GTX 560 Ti 448's have been near 200 with rebates. Personally, I think that's great bang for the buck. I also think a Q9550 is a pretty damn solid CPU so the "bottle-necking" is relatively minimal. I'd say it's fine for 2 GPUs.