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Core i3 2120 & radeon 7870 bottleneck?

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I was wondering would I experience bottlenecking with the intel core i3 2120 & radeon HD 7870??

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  1. Just looking at the 2 items listed, you will get more bottlenecking from the i3 than the 7870. New games are using 4 cores now, so a dual core processor will set back gaming performance.

    Any i5 would be a good upgrade and help prevent bottlenecking from the CPU.
  2. if think there will be a little bit
    check this link it says i5 for the 7870

    http://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=675&graphics=Radeon%20HD%207870

    if price of gtx660 is lower then 7870 then invest more on processor and go with an i5

    processor is a very key part because new games require 4 cores
    not saying that i3 is not good but 7870 is not a good choice for i3
  3. I have that exact setup (7870xt though) and yes you will notice some bottlenecking in CPU heavy games. It's not a huge bottleneck though, but may become more apparent over time as more and more games run better with a Quad Core chip.

    I plan on going for an i5 soon but in no way will you need to rush on getting a quad.
  4. My 7950 is bottlenecked but not a ton. Only about 5-10 fps. Yeah games are moving to quad core but i think you will be good with an i3. If it does bottleneck it will only be 1-3 frames. If you have the money go for a better cpu but if youre on a budget dont worry.
    Disclaimer: none of the stats are proven or are being stated as facts. Just my guesses from my experience and research.
  5. ryanrich83 said:
    Just looking at the 2 items listed, you will get more bottlenecking from the i3 than the 7870. New games are using 4 cores now, so a dual core processor will set back gaming performance.

    Any i5 would be a good upgrade and help prevent bottlenecking from the CPU.



    I am going to use the i3 until about christmas time and then swap to an i5, will this damage my 7870 in any way??
  6. Best answer
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    ryanrich83 said:
    Just looking at the 2 items listed, you will get more bottlenecking from the i3 than the 7870. New games are using 4 cores now, so a dual core processor will set back gaming performance.

    Any i5 would be a good upgrade and help prevent bottlenecking from the CPU.



    I am going to use the i3 until about christmas time and then swap to an i5, will this damage my 7870 in any way??


    Not at all. :)
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