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What GPU is the max that my i5-2320 can handle for gaming? (won't bottleneck)

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Anonymous
May 27, 2013 12:10:56 AM

Planning to upgrade my GPU.
I just wanna get the idea of how much GPU processing power (current generation GPUs) my processor can handle without any bottlenecks while gaming.
Just name a few cards that my CPU will bottleneck & I'll buy something a little less powerful than that. Both Nvidia & AMD are welcome.

My specs:
i5-2320
8GB DDR3 Transcend
Intel DH67BL
AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB DDR3
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Windows 8 Pro 64Bit

I'm gonna upgrade my PSU first & then i'm gonna wait unitl the next generation GPUS come out. That way, i could get a GPU for a lower price.

Thanks in advance.
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 12:16:13 AM

depends on the game. starcraft 2 would work with a gtx 680 on that dual core because it uses just 2 threads. but try and play bf3 with the same setup and your fps will be bouncing from 5-95 due to the cpu choking.
to strike a balanced system i would say 650 ti or md 7770. you could go higher but remember the more threads used the more chance of a bottleneck if your running a bigger card.

even with a 7770 you should be able to game at 1280x720 for at least the next 5 years (due to the limits of the new cosoles). so not need to get huge gfx cards because very few games for the foreseeable future will actually need a gtx 680 to max em out.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 12:21:22 AM

get gtx. 650ti boost.
it will be fit for ur CPU.
no bottleneck.
thank you.
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May 27, 2013 12:25:17 AM

You have quad core fast CPU, and the diff between IVY and Sandy is ~10% and your CPU is clocked at reasonable 3.0 Ghz, so you can go high up to HD 7850.
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Anonymous
May 27, 2013 1:46:39 AM

HEXiT said:
depends on the game. starcraft 2 would work with a gtx 680 on that dual core because it uses just 2 threads. but try and play bf3 with the same setup and your fps will be bouncing from 5-95 due to the cpu choking.
to strike a balanced system i would say 650 ti or md 7770. you could go higher but remember the more threads used the more chance of a bottleneck if your running a bigger card.

even with a 7770 you should be able to game at 1280x720 for at least the next 5 years (due to the limits of the new cosoles). so not need to get huge gfx cards because very few games for the foreseeable future will actually need a gtx 680 to max em out.


Is a 650 ti boost or 7850 paired with my processor enough to handle next generation games at medium to high settings at 1080p (or atleast 720p) for 5 years?

720p is enough for me for most games, but some games (like bad company 2) look horrible on 720p.
Bad console ports?

Is my processor good enough for a gtx 680 or AMD 7870?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 2:06:35 AM

yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.
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May 27, 2013 2:12:56 AM

princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


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May 27, 2013 2:17:27 AM

Anonymous said:
princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


Thank you.


Yea, your CPU will be fine for those GPU's, not sure about what the first poster was thinking when he said it was a dual core CPU even though it's a quad...
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May 27, 2013 2:26:29 AM

DelightfulDucklings said:
Anonymous said:
princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


Thank you.


Yea, your CPU will be fine for those GPU's, not sure about what the first poster was thinking when he said it was a dual core CPU even though it's a quad...


So anything less powerful than a GTX 680 is fine?

Wow, I didn't notice that he said Dual core instead of Quad until you said that.
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May 27, 2013 8:54:16 PM

Anonymous said:
DelightfulDucklings said:
Anonymous said:
princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


Thank you.



Yea, your CPU will be fine for those GPU's, not sure about what the first poster was thinking when he said it was a dual core CPU even though it's a quad...


So anything less powerful than a GTX 680 is fine?

Wow, I didn't notice that he said Dual core instead of Quad until you said that.
:) 


Yes, that CPU is still pretty powerful so as you said anything less than a gtx 680 would be fine (heck probably a 680 would be fine anyway)
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Anonymous
May 27, 2013 10:39:01 PM

DelightfulDucklings said:
Anonymous said:
DelightfulDucklings said:
Anonymous said:
princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


Thank you.



Yea, your CPU will be fine for those GPU's, not sure about what the first poster was thinking when he said it was a dual core CPU even though it's a quad...


So anything less powerful than a GTX 680 is fine?

Wow, I didn't notice that he said Dual core instead of Quad until you said that.
:) 


Yes, that CPU is still pretty powerful so as you said anything less than a gtx 680 would be fine (heck probably a 680 would be fine anyway)


Got it. Thanks for the info.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 2:02:17 AM

DelightfulDucklings said:
Anonymous said:
princejeet said:
yups you can choose gtx 670 it has mostly same performance as gtx 680 in very less price. but gtx 680 or higher starts bottlenecks.
thank you.


Thank you.


Yea, your CPU will be fine for those GPU's, not sure about what the first poster was thinking when he said it was a dual core CPU even though it's a quad...


iyeah i made a boob... was thinking it was a dual core with 4 threads cpu not a true quad. so my bad. like the others have said its a quad and at 3ghz it will handle any gpu you throw at it up to a gtx 690 or hd 7990
other than clocks theres very little difference between it and any other i5. a little les cache and no unlocked multi just mean it cant be overclocked but it will still have the grunt to cope as you dont need anything more than an old core 2 quad to run anything up to a 670 yours is about 25% stronger per core so yeah no issues...

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