i3 530/540 (OC) + 5770 - bottleneck? Tags: CPUs Core Product Last response: May 21, 2010 5:27 PM in CPUs Share yellowsnow4free May 21, 2010 4:08:10 PM So for the past month, my PC has been complete aside from the CPU/mobo. During the past month, I've been waiting on a CPU/mobo combo deal from Fry's My build so far: Case Drive HDD PSU RAM Video Card It's going to be predominantly for gaming. I'm definitely thinking of going the Intel route on this one; LGA 1156. But after reading and thinking about these 2 articles: Is Intel's Core i3-530 Fast Enough For Performance Gaming? Overclocking: Get The Performance Of A Core i5 From Core i3 I'm thinking go with an i3 and OC the heck out of it! Fry's has ~$100 i3 cpu/mobo combo's pretty often: The mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2H - Newegg Seeing as Fry's combo deal for i5's and i7's are steadily increasing in price (or sometimes aren't deals at all) the i3 option is more appealing. My question: will I experience any bottleneck while gaming with an OC'd (4.0 Ghz+) i3 and my video card? Thanks! - Anthony More about : 530 540 5770 bottleneck Raidur a b à CPUs May 21, 2010 5:27:13 PM You won't experience any bottlenecking on stock unless its a CPU bound or quad optimized CPU heavy game. Remember most games are still using 2 cores meaning on most games you virtually have i7 performance. Look how i3 keeps up with the big dogs on 5870 crossfire... Crysis warhead, http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_... Farcry 2 is more CPU heavy with more quad core optimizations. http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumGTA IV on Core i3 ForumTrying to decide between 2 set ups ForumIntel HD Graphics in i3 and i5 = which graphics card? Forum[New System Build] Gaming, working (700€/800€) ForumHD 6950 w/ Core i3 Bottleneck ? ForumNeed Advice on $600 Gaming PC ForumIntel's next-gen Sandy Bridge summarised ForumHelp me overclock my E8400 at 4200 MHZ!!! ForumOC E8500 or upgrade to i3 2100? ForumAdvice on budget hexa-core build ForumI3 3220 with a GTX 660ti. Bottleneck ? ForumCore i3 540 + gtx 460 = bottleneck without OC ? ForumIs this CPU a Bottleneck for my OC 'd HD 5770 ? ForumWill Core i3 540 at 4GHz bottleneck an HD7870? ForumIs my CPU Bottlenecking my 5770 (Starcraft) ForumCPU bottleneck ? ForumBest Cpu cooler for ~40 ForumWhich is the bottleneck: e5300 or HD4770 ForumIntel DG43NB and ATI 5770 GPU ForumCan a PSU Bottleneck? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !