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will i have enough power? will my cpu handle my future upgrade?

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June 25, 2014 8:29:52 AM

Hey guys, i got a fx 8120 and an hd6970, im planning to upgrade my gpu to a sapphire r9 290 tri-x.

First question=
Will my Enermax NAXN 650w psu can power these badboys? (its 80+ bronze, my 8120 is at 3.9ghz, I didn't overclocked it yet, its in performance mode in the asus m5a97 r2.0 board)

Components that will be powered by the psu=
Asus M5A97 R2.0
FX-8120
R9 290 tri-x
2x4gb of ram (corsair xms3)
2TB western digital green
4 LED fans
2 high performance fan
A cooler master water pump
Asus XONAR DG soundcard
A dvd writer

Second question=
Will my fx8120 handle the r9 290? I mean will it bottleneck?

any helps would be appreciated
Regards
Afan

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June 25, 2014 8:45:04 AM

The x1xx (Bulldozer?) series of CPUs were terrible. It would likely bottleneck.

https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware...

Your PSU is on the Tier 2b list. It's decent, but it could be better. -Should- be fine for a single GPU rig.

And I know someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but the best 970 chipset for a 8xxx series AMD CPU is a Gigabyte 970A-UD3, 8+2 power phase. So overclocking -might- be out of the question for you.
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June 25, 2014 9:05:15 AM

Enermax generally makes pretty good PSUs, However, I am not familiar with the model you have. As long as the PSU can provide at least 40 amps on the +12v rail you should be fine. I think most 650w PSU should easily do that.

Will the FX-8120 bottleneck the R9? Sadly, yes it will, but it should not be too bad. The Bulldozer generation CPUs were basically a "side-grade" from the Phenom II generation CPUs. In many cases, the Phenom II CPUs performed slightly better in games vs. a comparable Bulldozer CPU.

In general game performs better on Intel CPUs compared to AMD CPUs. Sometime the difference is small like 2 FPS so you need benchmarks to tell the difference. However, the more CPU intensive the game is the more likely there will be a greater difference in performance. An extreme example is Skyrim, the performance difference is so large it's not even funny and that's comparing a OC'ed AMD CPU to a stockspeed Intel CPU. However, Skyrim is less relevant today compared to when it was released because fewer people play it now.

Dropping in a FX-8320 / 8350 will help reduce the bottleneck, but how much depends on the specific game since every game places different priorities on the CPU. The best thing to do is to simply get the R9 and if you feel that you are being bottlenecked, then upgrade the CPU. Upgrading to Intel would provide better results, but that means you will need to also upgrade the motherboard.
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June 25, 2014 7:14:10 PM

jaguarskx said:
Enermax generally makes pretty good PSUs, However, I am not familiar with the model you have. As long as the PSU can provide at least 40 amps on the +12v rail you should be fine. I think most 650w PSU should easily do that.

Will the FX-8120 bottleneck the R9? Sadly, yes it will, but it should not be too bad. The Bulldozer generation CPUs were basically a "side-grade" from the Phenom II generation CPUs. In many cases, the Phenom II CPUs performed slightly better in games vs. a comparable Bulldozer CPU.

In general game performs better on Intel CPUs compared to AMD CPUs. Sometime the difference is small like 2 FPS so you need benchmarks to tell the difference. However, the more CPU intensive the game is the more likely there will be a greater difference in performance. An extreme example is Skyrim, the performance difference is so large it's not even funny and that's comparing a OC'ed AMD CPU to a stockspeed Intel CPU. However, Skyrim is less relevant today compared to when it was released because fewer people play it now.

Dropping in a FX-8320 / 8350 will help reduce the bottleneck, but how much depends on the specific game since every game places different priorities on the CPU. The best thing to do is to simply get the R9 and if you feel that you are being bottlenecked, then upgrade the CPU. Upgrading to Intel would provide better results, but that means you will need to also upgrade the motherboard.


Will upgrading to 8350 reduces huge bottleneck or just a little bit of em? And will r9 290 makes a HUGE bottleneck or just a little? I'm playing at 1080p usually maxed out,

sorry for my bad english
Regards
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