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cheapest motherboard and cpu possible for a gtx 770?

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March 6, 2014 9:40:49 AM

hey gang, its me again with a new pickle.
...or rather, a friends pickle. a steam friend who's not too tech savvy. he bought himself a gtx 770 on sale because it looked shiny, even though all he had to back it up was (and still is) an old intel E8500. so thats a 775 socket as i recall...which is just a tad outdated these days...so a new cpu AND motherboard will be needed to not have the power of the 770 go to waste.

but thats not all. a couple of other challenges are also present..
1)he bought his system prebuilt (before upgrading to a 770) and he cant remember what system he bought, so no one has any idea what case its in, or what motherboard its using. but it can house a 770, so its probably big enough for atx.

2)actually, forget about that atx, because he's on a budget. a tight one. micro atx will probably be the name of the game, since they are so much cheaper. he'll only ever need one pci express slot anyway, since he'll never go SLI
the less this whole thing will cost, the more likely it is that it'll happen at all.

so yeah...the most important thing, i guess, is that the 770 is no longer bottlenecked by everything else. and as long as that criteria is fulfilled, the cheaper=the better.

the reason i ask this is because i'm not familiar with the gpu/cpu scaling with performance, when it comes to picking the cheapest, yet best option. :-/

also the PSU is definitely not the bottleneck. he's rocking a cx750m bronze from corsair, nothing wrong with that.

i don't believe i missed anything here...so yeah. thanks a lot :D 

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March 6, 2014 9:48:26 AM

The i3 is plenty powerful to handle a 770, and a decent motherboard for under $150 total:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3250 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($92.25 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $149.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 12:47 EST-0500)
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March 6, 2014 9:59:24 AM

Whoa!

The E8500 is still a reasonably competent cpu.

Why don't you first try out the GTX770 in the existing setup.
You have the space and the psu already.

Most games are limited more by the graphics card than anything else.

Run the games and see if more cpu is needed before you start to fix a problem that you might not have.

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March 6, 2014 12:47:50 PM

geofelt said:
Whoa!

The E8500 is still a reasonably competent cpu.

Why don't you first try out the GTX770 in the existing setup.
You have the space and the psu already.

Most games are limited more by the graphics card than anything else.

Run the games and see if more cpu is needed before you start to fix a problem that you might not have.



i knew i forgot to add something. which is the tests we did before i posted this. so i own a gtx 670 myself and an i5 3750k. and i run chivalry: medieval warfare no probs. this is the game we mainly play, and he mainly plays. i get 60 fps constantly, while he only pulled 40-50. we did both tests on the most demanding map in the game. same testing setup on both systems. so obviously he isnt getting his moneys worth with the 8500.

sure now, i respect the cpu and i know that it can get the job done in most cases. but that just isnt this job.
thanks for the reply :D , but i think i'm gonna go with HiTechObsessed suggestion.
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March 6, 2014 12:49:52 PM

Yeah, you'll be restricted in games that require CPU power as well, as the 770 will take a lot from the E8500. If it was more GPU based, you'd probably be fine, but other than that, a better CPU will get better results.
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