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November 7, 2013 5:40:08 PM

Hello, I am building a computer for my friend and I am stuck between the amd 6300 and intel core i3 4340. I was wondering if the i3 would bottleneck the amd r9 280x. If anyone could tell me how to find out if a cpu will bottleneck a gpu would be greatly appreciated.

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November 7, 2013 5:49:34 PM

between those cpu's i would chose the 6300, because most newer games are taking advantage of more cores, 6 cores would be beneficial. for older games like skyrim or starcraft, the i3 would be faster. the 280x is ok for 1080p, no major bottleneck.
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November 7, 2013 5:52:00 PM

There can't be a simple answer here because bottlenecks depend on each individual workload. In a game that exacts a crushing CPU load, even a high-end processor may limit performance. That said, most recent games are fine as long as you've got an i3 or a low-end quad core. From what we've seen of so-called "next-gen" games so far, they aren't much different. At the very least, if the i3-4340 is bottlenecking anything, the FX-6300 would be too.

My recommendation is to skip both and instead try to go for a lower-end i5 if possible, such as the i5-4430, just so you have Intel's IPC with four physical cores. That's the sweet spot, in my opinion, if you don't want to go up to a -4670K.
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November 7, 2013 5:58:01 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
between those cpu's i would chose the 6300, because most newer games are taking advantage of more cores, 6 cores would be beneficial. for older games like skyrim or starcraft, the i3 would be faster. the 280x is ok for 1080p, no major bottleneck.


He won't be doing many high end gaming, mostly bf4 and I read that this graphics card runs bf4 just fine. I think the amd 6300 will be fine, since the budget is $800.
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November 7, 2013 6:01:54 PM

I think the i3 4340 would be fine. It has some seriously powerful single thread performance. We know the FX 6300 works well, but the FX 8320 is about the same price as the i3 4340.

i3s are no slouches in games. Especially on a single 1080p monitor.


Of course an i5 would be better......

It's all about the budget.
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November 7, 2013 6:43:49 PM

CTurbo said:
I think the i3 4340 would be fine. It has some seriously powerful single thread performance. We know the FX 6300 works well, but the FX 8320 is about the same price as the i3 4340.

i3s are no slouches in games. Especially on a single 1080p monitor.


Of course an i5 would be better......

It's all about the budget.


yes it does. I will let my friend choose and see what he wants to do. Thank you.
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November 7, 2013 6:49:30 PM

I know I've said this 1000 times, but my lil bro still uses a i3 2120 to push his GTX 660ti and it does NOT bottleneck any game @ 1080p.

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November 7, 2013 7:11:10 PM

CTurbo said:
I know I've said this 1000 times, but my lil bro still uses a i3 2120 to push his GTX 660ti and it does NOT bottleneck any game @ 1080p.



rubbish, it will bottleneck bf3/4 multiplayer or crysis 3 multiplayer no doubt, even my cpu not overclocked is a bottleneck to those games. You cant say it is or isn't bottlenecked if you have nothing else to compare it to, i guarantee if you put an i5 in there you would get more fps in most games.Not saying it shouldnt run well enough, but just because it runs well doesnt mean there is no bottleneck.
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November 7, 2013 7:18:12 PM

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rubbish, it will bottleneck bf3/4 multiplayer or crysis 3 multiplayer no doubt, even my cpu not overclocked is a bottleneck to those games.


ok ok. Every system in the world has a bottleneck somewhere. The term is thrown around too much. When I talk about bottlenecks, I refer to a situation where one part is keeping the whole system down. So you're right. My little bro is only getting 65+fps instead of the 85+fps he would be getting with an i5. Is it a bottleneck? Sure. Is it an issue? Heck no.
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April 13, 2014 3:07:50 PM

CTurbo said:
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rubbish, it will bottleneck bf3/4 multiplayer or crysis 3 multiplayer no doubt, even my cpu not overclocked is a bottleneck to those games.


ok ok. Every system in the world has a bottleneck somewhere. The term is thrown around too much. When I talk about bottlenecks, I refer to a situation where one part is keeping the whole system down. So you're right. My little bro is only getting 65+fps instead of the 85+fps he would be getting with an i5. Is it a bottleneck? Sure. Is it an issue? Heck no.



It always makes me laugh people saying i get 60fps+ with i5 ect ect my question is are you running a 120mhz+ tft to make use of those fps as otherwise you are capped at 60 mhz(AND 60 FPS) by your tft
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