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December 16, 2013 3:51:25 PM

I've never built a PC before but recently learned about bottlenecking.

How can I make an informed decision about which components are roughly equivalent? Is there a quick and dirty method for someone who isn't a huge techie?

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December 16, 2013 3:54:23 PM

a very dirty ratio I like to point out is that if your gpu is more than 2x-2.5x times the price of your cpu, then look at performance charts again. this ratio stops when you hit upper end cpu's(generally post 150$)
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December 16, 2013 3:55:34 PM

Buy modern components. Bottlenecking is such a misunderstood problem that most of the problem is people thinking there will be one. If you buy any modern processor that came out within a year or two of the graphics card, it should be perfectly fine. If you're running a single core processor from 2003, then you will bottleneck if you buy a modern card.
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December 16, 2013 4:15:52 PM

There is always a limiting factor. Some call it a bottleneck.
My rule of thumb for a balanced gaming pc is to budget twice the cost of the cpu for the graphics card.

If your budget for a cpu is <$120, look at the amd chips for a cpu.
If your budget is over$120, look to Intel for a cpu. Their instruction efficiency per clock is much higher.

Unless you will be gaming on triple monitors, plan on a good single graphics card.
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December 16, 2013 9:44:36 PM

Thanks for the answers so far, appreciate it!

I was looking at going with one of the higher-end CPUs (3350/3570) so I'm guessing an appropriate card might be the GTX 770? ($180 vs 330).

When you say the ratio 'stops' after $150, do you mean it doesn't really matter anymore?
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December 16, 2013 10:04:16 PM

If you will be gaming on a 1080P monitor(1920 x 1080) and perhaps a GTX770, and a 3350P you will be gaming very well. You start to get less for your money as you up your budget past that.
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December 16, 2013 10:20:20 PM

MattyG47 said:
Thanks for the answers so far, appreciate it!

I was looking at going with one of the higher-end CPUs (3350/3570) so I'm guessing an appropriate card might be the GTX 770? ($180 vs 330).

When you say the ratio 'stops' after $150, do you mean it doesn't really matter anymore?


yeah, past 150$ you are at the point where its probably okay to use any gpu. just mind that multi card setups prefer overclocked cpus. single card is fine

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