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Upgrading CPU but I worry for my GPU if it will bottleneck my CPU at all?

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April 9, 2014 11:09:01 AM

I'm upgrading CPU soon from an Intel Pentium E2220 to an Intel Core i5 3470 and i was wondering of my Radeon R7 240 (XFX Silent Edition) would bottleneck my new CPU at all. My GPU is currently being bottlenecked by my CPU (Only 40% GPU load when playing games) and thats why I'm upgrading. So would it bottleneck? Please answer!

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April 9, 2014 11:13:26 AM

The R7 240 is a very low end card. An i5 is way more powerful than necessary for such a card. So yes, your GPU will be a bottleneck. Keep in mind, you will need a new motherboard and possibly ram for your CPU upgrade. You also should be looking at the current gen Haswell cpu's, not Ivy, unless you get an insanely cheap deal on one.
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April 9, 2014 11:18:00 AM

logainofhades said:
The R7 240 is a very low end card. An i5 is way more powerful than necessary for such a card. So yes, your GPU will be a bottleneck. Keep in mind, you will need a new motherboard and possibly ram for your CPU upgrade. You also should be looking at the current gen Haswell cpu's, not Ivy, unless you get an insanely cheap deal on one.

I'm buying a new Computer from PCMEAL and i was going to install my GPU in it since its main GPU in their is slower than mine (I think) its a Integrated (Onboard) Graphics Intel® HD Graphics HD2500

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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/INTEL-Core-i5-3470-3-2GHz-DE...
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April 9, 2014 11:50:41 AM

Yes, your card is faster than the IGP graphics. It is still quite slow, though.
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April 9, 2014 12:11:12 PM

Thanks Mate for your help! :wahoo: 
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