Quote: Originally Posted by Luckystar
Hey hey peeps,
I really want to upgrade my Graphics card to a shiney new gtx 480.
Now, I heard that the Intel Core 2 Quad is a bottleneck for the said GFX card.
What is bottlenecking, technically mind? (as i never experienced bottlenecking)
Also, how much of a bottleneck would i experience.
No, your Core 2 Quad is not going to severely limit a GTX 480. There are very few games that even take advantage of that many cores.
Here's a prime example to show you how well your CPU performs in games: AMD's Six-Core Phenom II X6 1090T & 1055T Reviewed - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
They purposely lower graphics settings so the CPU becomes more of a "bottleneck". Once you maximize the graphics settings and run high anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering the CPU isn't even a concern anymore.
In no way is a Core 2 Quad @ 3.4GHz going to be limiting any of today's games. If you got a Core i7 you would be wasting your money and see no performance difference.