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Good graphics card for a Q6600 pc?

#1silvergokuZPosted 3/28/2014 2:05:57 PM
My bedroom pc is made up of parts that used to be from my main until I upgraded to a i7 2 years ago and when I upgrade stuff like ram that gets added.

Currently I have a Q6600 with 4 gig ram(I do have 2x4 gig sticks but think that will be overkill) and I upgraded my 3tb to a 4tb so thats in there now too and I just bought a big tv for the bedroom so now I have the opportunity to game on it.

Currently has a 4870 as I sold my 7870 and 6870 which holds it back, I dont really care for that many modern games but like to play Sonic Generations, and play PS2 and Gamecube emulators and also some games like the new MK and Injustice but not that often so I want a balance between a cheap card that has the power to play games (I dont care about ultra settings just 60fps)

I saw a MSI 7870 for around the same price as I sold my 6870 for so wondered if it was worth buying it, its not used but was ex display for a local reliable computer store so I know it works and comes with no boxes or cables.
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#2PhilOnDezPosted 3/28/2014 2:12:58 PM
750 or 750ti are good budget cards that will run in pretty much any case with any PSU without running into heat or power issues.

The 7870 will be much more powerful though. You didn't specify a price on the one you're able to get but if it's under $180 I'd jump on it.
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#3DARQ MXPosted 3/28/2014 2:13:12 PM
Nothing, that CPU is junk and any card today will just be bottle necked by that and your slower mobo and pcix lanes. Just upgrade it all with your current build. Or spend a decent amount on a card now, and upgrade the rest later. Either way your games won't be that much better. You might get a few extra frames give or take. Your mobo is the killer here too. Just get an older 4 series Nvida card. They are cheap as hell now.
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#4Kokuei05Posted 3/28/2014 2:53:44 PM
My 1GB GTX 560 is bottlenecked by my x3220(Q6600) overclocked to 3.3ghz.
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#5romsnbombsPosted 3/28/2014 3:11:19 PM(edited)
DARQ MX posted...
Nothing, that CPU is junk and any card today will just be bottle necked by that and your slower mobo and pcix lanes. Just upgrade it all with your current build. Or spend a decent amount on a card now, and upgrade the rest later. Either way your games won't be that much better. You might get a few extra frames give or take. Your mobo is the killer here too. Just get an older 4 series Nvida card. They are cheap as hell now.


Slow motherboard? Lol, motherboard or pci-e port don't bottleneck anything.

Yes, he could do to upgrade to i5. But the CPU is at least as good as i3. There's no need to exaggerate like you have there.

Kokuei05 posted...
My 1GB GTX 560 is bottlenecked by my x3220(Q6600) overclocked to 3.3ghz.


Disable vsync and show us a GPU usage graph of you playing a game.
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#6Kokuei05Posted 3/28/2014 3:20:07 PM
Which program am I supposed to use?
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#7R_BrockPosted 3/28/2014 3:33:21 PM
silvergokuZ posted...
Currently I have a Q6600 with 4 gig ram(I do have 2x4 gig sticks but think that will be overkill) and I upgraded my 3tb to a 4tb so thats in there now too and I just bought a big tv for the bedroom so now I have the opportunity to game on it.


If it's just old DDR2 lying around not being used, and you're running a 64bit OS there's no reason not to put it in.

I was running a Q6600 @ 3.0ghz with 6GB and a GeForce 460 pretty happily till Febuary 2013.

Some GameFAQers are pretty biased though and will carry on about bottlenecks and are stuck on the idea that anything less than an optimal hardware pairing is a complete waste of time and money. But the fact is a newer video card will perform better in the old system than the old video card will. And $100-$200 is a cheap upgrade, and you're not going to build a GameFAQs PC Master Race approved secondary bedroom gaming system for that, so screw 'em.
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#8JonWood007Posted 3/28/2014 3:52:50 PM
750/750 ti
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#9kelemvorPosted 3/28/2014 5:52:06 PM
Q6600 OC'd is probably better than most of AMD's offerings and most i3s. Bottlenecks? LOL. I had a dual core wolfdale (E7300 I think?) around 3 Ghz and it ran modded Skyrim just fine.

I would get a 760 or a 660.

You mentioned running Gamecube emulators. How does F-Zero GX run for you? My i5-2500k struggles to run the game without noticeable skipping and audio glitches.
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#10Kokuei05Posted 3/28/2014 5:54:24 PM
Dolphin runs like garbage on LLE.
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