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Will my CPU hold back my GPU in Gaming?

Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE 3.40GHz
Graphics card: AMD Radeon 6870 1GB

I want to upgrade my GPU but i want to upgrade a lot. I have a HD Radeon 6870 GPU and want to upgrade to a R9 290 but I'm worried my CPU will bottleneck it. Will this happen and will i see a huge improvement anyway?
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    jimmycooper16 said:
    Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE 3.40GHz
    Graphics card: AMD Radeon 6870 1GB

    I want to upgrade my GPU but i want to upgrade a lot. I have a HD Radeon 6870 GPU and want to upgrade to a R9 290 but I'm worried my CPU will bottleneck it. Will this happen and will i see a huge improvement anyway?


    Bottlenecking will occur in some games. Mostly games that are heavily multiplayer based. It all comes down to what you play and at what settings / resolution.

    I myself would do the upgrade, it's a big leap and you can always upgrade your CPU/MOBO when you once got enough money for it in the future, to reach the R9 290's full potential. However wait until aftermarket R9 290s come out, so you have proper cooling on the card.
  2. yes it will,I would consider an upgrade first to support that gpu. if you want to go amd get atleast the 6300 or 8320. what mobo do you have?
  3. 06yfz450ridr said:
    yes it will,I would consider an upgrade first to support that gpu. if you want to go amd get atleast the 6300 or 8320. what mobo do you have?


    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 The CPU was overclocked to 4.0GHz
  4. jimmycooper16 said:
    06yfz450ridr said:
    yes it will,I would consider an upgrade first to support that gpu. if you want to go amd get atleast the 6300 or 8320. what mobo do you have?


    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 The CPU was overclocked to 4.0GHz



    ok cool, its a 990fxa so youre in pretty good shape, as well as it being 8+2 phase design so it will handle the 8 cores and will over clock pretty well.

    do the cpu upgrade first till the better coolers are out for the 290/x. I would also say get a new heatsink as well for overclocking unless you have a decent cooler already
  5. lostgamer_03 said:
    jimmycooper16 said:
    Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE 3.40GHz
    Graphics card: AMD Radeon 6870 1GB

    I want to upgrade my GPU but i want to upgrade a lot. I have a HD Radeon 6870 GPU and want to upgrade to a R9 290 but I'm worried my CPU will bottleneck it. Will this happen and will i see a huge improvement anyway?


    Bottlenecking will occur in some games. Mostly games that are heavily multiplayer based. It all comes down to what you play and at what settings / resolution.

    I myself would do the upgrade, it's a big leap and you can always upgrade your CPU/MOBO when you once got enough money for it in the future, to reach the R9 290's full potential. However wait until aftermarket R9 290s come out, so you have proper cooling on the card.


    hi! i have the same question. with the x6 1090t be amd and the asus corsair 4 rog i will have bottlenecking problems if i buy the r9 290x? actually i have the 5870 and is to old now but i think the cpu and gpu are ok. dont know if r9 290x is to much? maybe i shuld buy the 280x and change evrything in 2 years duno rly
    thx
  6. Yes, a bottleneck will be created, and you will find your CPU and chipset burning up, and your GPU doing just fine.
  7. Buy the 290!

    Upgrade the CPU later ...
  8. Wisecracker said:
    Buy the 290!

    Upgrade the CPU later ...


    ^ THIS!
  9. Wisecracker said:
    Buy the 290!

    Upgrade the CPU later ...



    Yes that sounds best for me. Do you think i will notice a big difference with the 290 and the current CPU?
  10. you will see an enormous difference!

    if you have that cpu Oc'd to 4Gz, you aren't going to get *that much* of a bottleneck, some sure but its a little silly to spend money on the cpu until you *need* it.
  11. qbsinfo said:
    you will see an enormous difference!

    if you have that cpu Oc'd to 4Gz, you aren't going to get *that much* of a bottleneck, some sure but its a little silly to spend money on the cpu until you *need* it.


    Thank you, much help. I will upgrade the cpu very soon after. The graphics card isn't the best and seems to be causing low fps in games. Upgrade is needed for sure.
  12. :ouch:

    :love:

    :bounce:

    That'll work :D

    Enjoy !!
  13. Wisecracker said:

    :ouch:

    :love:

    :bounce:

    That'll work :D

    Enjoy !!




    That was my benchmarks :P Such an improvement. Need to upgrade the CPU next :)
  14. That's insane!
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