Question How much will a 960 bottleneck my system?

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I currently have an i3-3240 with an Asus strix gtx 960 2gb and plan on getting a ryzen 7 3700x, How much will my current gpu bottleneck the system and if its bad enough what should i upgrade to? considering i want a good value yet futureproof system.
Sorry in advance if this doesn't belong in the graphics cards forum
 
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I currently have an i3-3240 with an Asus strix gtx 960 2gb and plan on getting a ryzen 7 3700x, How much will my current gpu bottleneck the system and if its bad enough what should i upgrade to? considering i want a good value yet futureproof system.
Sorry in advance if this doesn't belong in the graphics cards forum
The 960 won't last. 2GB of VRAM can't do much these days. I had to replace my 960 on my previous build with a newer AMD card before I could give it away.
 
As above you can run lower settings but it also depends on resolution, the specific game and your expectations. There is nothing wrong with trying the 960 and if you are not happy you can upgrade, a 3700x is a great cpu to pair with any modern gpu.
 

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Before you swap the motherboard and CPU, run several video benchmark runs on the current system. Then do the same thing once you swap. If the scores are very similar then you have a bottleneck with the video card. Which you will, the new CPU will be able to handle a lot better card than the 960. If just the CPU swap will help you with gaming speeds those benchmark tests will tell you. I usually just run PassMark, it's a good overall speed test although not as detailed for video card only testing.
 

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