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Will my CPU bottleneck my GPU?

Hi, I'm in the process of picking out parts for a new pc that I managed to squeeze under £800 (well not really, but I was pretty damn close), monitor and all. I want to know if the i5 4440 will cause a bottleneck with the gpu choice, an asus radeon r9 280x.

Pc link: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2tmY1

Extra question: Could I ask if on games like AC4, Arma 2 and Batman AC/AO, would this setup be able to run them at at least 40-60 fps, 1080p, with a lot of eye candy turned on?

(Sorry for the wording of this question, couldn't quite figure out how to put it into a sentence :P)
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  1. That i5 is plenty powerful to handle a 280x so you won't have any bottlenecking issues and you should be able to run most games at high+ settings without much trouble.
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    Neither your CPU nor your GPU would be capable of bottlenecking each other. Your fine.

    The R9 280x is a very powerful graphics card. You won't have any trouble playing those games with lots of eye candy enabled.
    Enjoy!
  3. todd1780 said:
    Neither your CPU nor your GPU would be capable of bottlenecking each other. Your fine.

    The R9 280x is a very powerful graphics card. You won't have any trouble playing those games with lots of eye candy enabled.
    Enjoy!


    thanks, I always read reviews on gpus but deep down inside I never trust them, but when I see it on tom's hardware, it's fact. :D
  4. I looked over your system and there is one issue for sure you will have. The ram heatsinks will interfere with that cooler. I tinkered around and took the liberty to modify some stuff and came up with a build with a better GPU for a little bit less on cost.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.08 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£34.01 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (£300.98 @ Dabs)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.13 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£28.00)
    Other: Packard Bell UM.WK3EE.005 21.5" (£78.25)
    Total: £797.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 19:51 GMT+0000)
  5. logainofhades said:
    I looked over your system and there is one issue for sure you will have. The ram heatsinks will interfere with that cooler. I tinkered around and took the liberty to modify some stuff and came up with a build with a better GPU for a little bit less on cost.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.08 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£34.01 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (£300.98 @ Dabs)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.13 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£28.00)
    Other: Packard Bell UM.WK3EE.005 21.5" (£78.25)
    Total: £797.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 19:51 GMT+0000)


    only one problem with this; the case only comes with 1x120mm fan, and I would have to spend more on case fans, but other than that, it looks really nice
  6. It should have 2 fans. One in front and one in back.
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