600Ti on Q9450 bottleneck?

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  1. SinghKing

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    660Ti on Q9450 bottleneck?

    Hi,

    Im thinking about upgrading, currently having a 9800GTX+ to a 660Ti.
    Would a 660Ti cause bottlenecking on the current processor which is a Intel Q9450 2.66Ghz?
     
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  2. Estima8tor

    Estima8tor Ancient Guru

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    I think it would be fine.

    My son has a GTX 570 running with an overclocked Q9450 @ 3.6 ghz and it performs surprisingly well.
     
  3. GanjaStar

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    at 2.66 ghz, yes you will experience bottlenecking definitely. q9450's are really good overclockers. you can get them up to 3.6 ghz relatively easily. do some reasearch on that if you are new to this.

    I would go for at least 3.0ghz. you will still be bottlenecked, but unless you are super sensitive to sub 60fps, you will not notice the bottleneck that much in the majority of titles.
     
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    Depends on the game. Some games will be able to fully utilize the GPU, but any CPU intensive game or scenario will not. Overclocking is a good idea but will not remove the risk of bottlenecking. Even so, I wouldn't worry because going from 9800gtx+ to 660 ti is a huge upgrade. Upgrade the CPU to haswell in 2013.
     

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    As long as you can get that CPU to >3ghz, you should be fine with a GTX660 Ti. Heck, my 2nd rig has an FX8120 @3.7ghz + 2x GTX670 I am sure as heck the CPU is a major bottleneck, but as long as it can keep framerate playable, the extra headroom on the GPUs allow me to max all ingame setting.
     
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    it's fine for 60Hz.. you need better one beyond that..
     
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    Singh Is King :D

    Go for it....
     
  8. SinghKing

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    Indeed :D

    Thanks for the replies, the reason why I asked is because the age is starting to show.
    Games like Guildwars 2 runs like crap, struggles at med/low settings too.
    The two options I have would be to keep the current card for another year and do a complete upgrade to haswell OR if I get the graphics card now, when I do upgrade next year to haswell, then I can just keep the 660Ti
     
  9. clawhamer

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    Option two is the way to go, get the 660ti now and you’ll have a huge improvement in both graphics IQ and performance. Then when you have the money saved to upgrade the rest of the system and can unleash all the performance the 660 has to offer, it’ll be like another graphics upgrade.

    This is how I generally upgrade my system too – keep upgrading the GPU until the system can’t maintain a minimum of 60 fps (system limited), then replace the CPU, RAM and MB; when I have to start lowering IQ settings to maintain a minimum of 60 fps I now it’s time to upgrade the graphics card... like I said, generally, monitor your CPU and GPU usage to know what needs to be upgraded depending on the games you play and your preferred resolution.

    ...that q9450 is just bagging to be overclocked :thumbup:
     
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    Q9450 is begging to be replaced!

    Outdated hardware, poor 660 will be bottlenecked from everywhere...
     

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    ^This is how I usually do my upgrades also....
     
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    My 480 is bottlenecked by my qx9650 at 4ghz. Put the same card in my main rig and it like a free gpu upgrade
     
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    Yeah but... no point upgrading the q9450 now with Haswell nearing and from the sounds of it, this is what the OP plans on upgrading to.

    No question about it, the 660 will be bottlenecked in many situations but it is still a worthwhile upgrade coming from a 9800. I think the q9450 can still hold its own with a single card at a resolution of 1080, especially once overclocked (at the very least... it will help).

    As the OP stated, option one means no upgrades for a year, whereas option two offers better IQ options and performance in GPU intensive games which should make the wait time more enjoyable.

    My thoughts anyway.
     

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