Am I going to be bottlenecked by this CPU?


Sep 30, 2010
I have recently purchased a 6870 and I have the Intel Quad q9650 running at 3.5GHz, my friend told me that this cpu is an old technology compared to my Video Card and I have to buy an i7 to get full potential of my 6870, do I really have to change it? (which means that I will have to buy a Sandy Bridge 2600k with mobo) or is it OK to keep it with the 6870 for the next 1-2 years or so.
Will my CPU really bottleneck my Graphics Card?
My friend confused me :p



Your friend doesn't know what he is talking about :p
There will not be a bottleneck, and if there is, it will probably be barely noticeable. I used to have an HD 6970 with a Phenom II At 3.2GHz. It ran my games great and without any issues. Your setup has a better CPU than mine and a good GPU. You should have no issue.
It depends on your game.

But, it is a moot point.

See how your games run with your new card, then decide if you need to change anything.

Bottleneck is probably not the right term. You will always do better with better components. The question is, how much better you will do, and at what cost.

If the 6870 represents a big graphics jump, I predict you will be pleased.