How Much Would my Processor Bottleneck my Video Card


Feb 3, 2010
I currently have an Intel Core 2 Q6600 @ 2.39 for a processor and I recently purchased an ATI 5850, which has yet to arrive.
So I'm wondering if the processor would seriously bottleneck my gaming performance in terms of fps.
Note: I am purchasing a new processor later but I'm stuck with the Q6600 for now.
Quad cores are generally fine, but there would be a bottleneck for non-quad optimized games due to its low clock speed and older architecture.

Luckily, the Q6600 is a great overclocker, able to OC 1Ghz or more depending on the stepping. Do a moderate 600MHz overclock to 3.0GHz and your CPU would be totally fine paired with a 5850.