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Old March 24, 2011, 10:30 PM
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Hey everyone. Just a quick question. I have a q6600 g0 stepping processor in a new 775 board (don't have the board specs on me.) with 8 gb of ddr3 1333mhz ram. I need a graphics card in the system before I sell it. Would a 550ti be bottlenecked by the q6600? What if I overclocked it to 3.5ghz? If it would be bottlenecking, any suggestions on an appropriate gpu for this system? Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old March 24, 2011, 11:01 PM
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The Q6600 will not be bottlenecked by a lower mid range card like the GTX550 Ti. Not necessary to push your processor till 3.5Ghz as 3.0Ghz is more than enough. I suggest getting the older brother GTX460 instead as it is better than the GTX550 Ti in terms of raw performance.
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I dunno. I wasn't really planning on spending a lot more than $150 on the video card. I'm not gonna use this system for much as I'm just planning on selling it. But if I spend a little more, I'll probably go with a 6850 for $180~ at memory express. Reviews say it's a bit better than a 460. Basically I was just concern that a q6600 would be too old...
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:29 AM
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I have a Q6600 runing @ 2.7 ish. It plays games just fine. You will be fine with any of the above mentioned cards. As for selling it, spending $30 more probaly will be a waste. You'll just end up getting the same price. IMHO
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Then get the GTX550 Ti if you do not intend to spend more than $150. The performance of the cards are proportional to its price so the GTX460 is better than the GTX550 Ti and so is the price.

The strange thing is that at my place you could get a Leadtek GTX460 OC for almost the same price as a MSI GTX550 Ti Cyclone.
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My cpu is also a Q6600. Interesting thread. Applies to me, too..
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For a 550ti, I'd say a Q6600 @ ~3.4GHz would give the juice needed for the GPU to not be a bottleneck.
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I have a friend who has a Dell XPS 410 with the smae CPU. He want to install a 240 GTX. Will it work?
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thatll easily work, i think u guys are under estimating the q6600 ^-^
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