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Is it ok to have a i7 2700k cpu and with an amd video card

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October 29, 2011 4:39:49 AM

Hello,
I was going to buy a new PC for gaming and i need help ^^ i want to play battlefield 3 with no lag with good quality i7 2700k is good for gaming too right? and i was thinking if its okay to have an amd video card with it..

October 29, 2011 4:57:51 AM

The 2700K is simply overpowered for gaming, so yeah, I guess you could call it "good" for it :) 
And no, you will have no issues running it with a Radeon card, so knock yourself out!
Recommend you read this for some in-depth performance data on BF3:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-3-graphics-pe...
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October 29, 2011 5:14:29 AM

of course my friend you will be very fine with amd card this won't means that your are using intel platform and it necessary to use nvidia card wrong! you can put any brand.
don't worry.
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October 29, 2011 5:43:34 AM

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October 29, 2011 5:52:28 AM

I'd say for BF3 @ ultra settings the CPU is overpowered and the GPU underpowered. Think about i5 2500K with a HD 6970. Or just upgrade the GPU, if you've got cash to spare. And check out that article linked above.
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October 29, 2011 5:59:29 AM

no, if he can buy a better cpu than why are you suggesting him 2500k.yes 2500k is perfect for gamming but 2700k will be more better if he want to run some heavy 3d apps.
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October 29, 2011 6:16:05 AM

So what good gpu should i get? GTX are a bit pricey ;c but still suggest some GTX too though :D 

PS: i want my pc to last long thats why i chose i7 2700k since its new and for video card i dunno what to pick... i just want to play BF3 with good quality + mmo's + good fps
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October 29, 2011 6:23:09 AM

@ pro-gamer
Dude, please read before posting. I suggested the 2500K because it will give him the SAME performance in BF3 for less money. I also suggested he keep the 2700K AND upgrade the GPU if he has money to spare.

@ ghythybhy
Like I said, the Radeon 6970 seems to be a safe minimum for a single-card setup if you want to play @ 1080p with ultra settings. GTX 570 for the same settings on nvidia's side.
Again, you should really take a look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-3-graphics-pe...
It will give you detailed performance numbers for MANY GPUs- both ATI and nvidia.
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October 29, 2011 6:26:14 AM

Jay_83 said:
@ pro-gamer
Dude, please read before posting. I suggested the 2500K because it will give him the SAME performance in BF3 for less money. I also suggested he keep the 2700K AND upgrade the GPU if he has money to spare.

@ ghythybhy
Like I said, the Radeon 6970 seems to be a safe minimum for a single-card setup if you want to play @ 1080p with ultra settings. GTX 570 for the same settings on nvidia's side.
Again, you should really take a look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-3-graphics-pe...
It will give you detailed performance numbers for MANY GPUs- both ATI and nvidia.

he clearly wrote that suggest some gtx model so gtx570 or gtx580 are excellent for maxed out setting.yes hd 6970 also better but if he wanna to go with this.
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October 29, 2011 6:42:12 AM

Take Jay_83's advice about CPU.

2500K ---> 2700K = $150 price difference, gaming performance gain negligible

Unless your budget is unlimited, you should spend the money somewhere else in your build (like GPU).
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October 29, 2011 6:59:57 AM

My budget for my gaming pc would be 1000~1500$ what benefits would i get if i pick 2700k i mean what are its special features/adds coz i intend to keep this pc for years and i don't want to get left out of newer versions and stuff :bounce:  .
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October 29, 2011 7:16:15 AM

no, you wont see benefit of the 2700k over the 2500k in gaming. You should listen to what everyone is trying to tell you. You will see MUCH more benefit by taking the money you saved by getting the 2500k and putting it towards a better video card(s). You could play the game with no lag on a $100 phenom X4 955 with a good vid card.
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October 29, 2011 7:20:28 AM

Ghythybhy said:
My budget for my gaming pc would be 1000~1500$ what benefits would i get if i pick 2700k i mean what are its special features/adds coz i intend to keep this pc for years and i don't want to get left out of newer versions and stuff :bounce:  .

Save your money on 2700K and get the 2500K with better GPU!

Best thing u can do.
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October 29, 2011 7:47:16 AM

+1 to all saying 2500K with better GPU, or with 2x6950 in Cross fire.

pro gamer, he's asked for opinion on whole rig, thats the opinion, in fact based on toms bf3 article and there being no cpu scaling i'm putting off upgrading my Q9550 till beyond ivy bridge as there'll be no point to it. I will be looking at a GTX6XX when they come out as opposed to my scheduled wait for GTX7XX. In fact Toms article showed that with hyperthreading on, there is a slight reduction in speed.

OP, if you want ultra you'll need a GTX580 minimum, possible 2 of them depending on resolution. What resolution are you running at?
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October 29, 2011 7:50:35 AM

If you overclock alot then buy 2600k or 2700k. But if you don't OC then buy a 2500k or 2500 they are the best gaming cpu for money. The 2500k performs closer to 2600k for less price. So save the money for gpu and atleast buy a amd 6970 or nvidia 580 as your gpu to play BF 3 at max settings with no lag.
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October 29, 2011 8:08:22 AM

I see i would go with 2600k i might need some over-clocking. XD

May i ask whats this for "Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68"?

About resolution any resolution would be fine 1152 ++++ and so fort as long as i can enjoy it. xD

What differences are there between i5 and i7 . . ?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 - 1.5GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 797MHz SINGLE

or

AMD Radeon HD 6950 - 2GB - HIS IceQ X Turbo - Core: 840MHz DUAL

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October 29, 2011 8:19:56 AM

The bottom line is that the difference between 2500k and 2700k CPU for gaming is not that great as is the difference between GPU.

Spend your money on best GPU u can afford! It has more benefits for u, than CPU.
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October 29, 2011 8:40:12 AM

Btw can i do add one 1GB AMD RADEON 6850 and add one 2gb AMD RADEON 6950? O:
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October 29, 2011 8:45:07 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnGrxamkCpA&feature=rela...

srt use for boost up system more faster like you can see in the video.
i7 is better than i5 but the difference is only 100mhz in 2600k vs 2500k and 2700k is 200mhz faster than i5 2500k but actually games does not require more than 4 cores.
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October 29, 2011 8:53:49 AM

Imma get 2600k since i'm using it for everything like adobe photoshop, 3D, Gaming, converting videos/pictures programming cmd's stuff and more !

2600k is good for all those activities right?
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October 29, 2011 9:02:08 AM

Ghythybhy said:
Imma get 2600k since i'm using it for everything like adobe photoshop, 3D, Gaming, converting videos/pictures programming cmd's stuff and more !

2600k is good for all those activities right?

For all that get the 2700K. Better OC and faster.
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October 29, 2011 9:37:29 AM

Ghythybhy said:
Imma get 2600k since i'm using it for everything like adobe photoshop, 3D, Gaming, converting videos/pictures programming cmd's stuff and more !

2600k is good for all those activities right?

yahhh! that's what i told you in the previous post if you wanna do extra things than 2700k or either 2600k are better becuase they have hyperthreading ....
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October 29, 2011 9:53:17 AM

Thanks guys ! ! ! ! i really appreciate it :) 

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Good enough ? i hope so :S

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October 29, 2011 9:56:47 AM

much good for everything. enjoy:) 
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October 29, 2011 9:58:04 AM

Ghythybhy said:
Thanks guys ! ! ! ! i really appreciate it :) 

Good enough ? i hope so :S

Its always a matter of the personal preference, but it will do just fine for your needs.

Enjoy!
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October 29, 2011 10:32:58 AM

if yo uare getting the dell 2048x 1152 monitor then forget photoshop, the colour reproduction is rubbish, i'm using one right now, OK for gaming, rubbish for colour.
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October 29, 2011 2:00:27 PM

@iam2thecrowe: It's right that he should focus more on the GPU. But he shouldn't buy the Phenom II 955 BE. he'll have a CPU bottleneck with any high-end card. I'm sufferring from this bottleneck right now.

the community members who replied before me told you the right thing. Get an i5-2500K and with the reaminder of the $1500 budget, get a decent gaming card. I recommend that you buy this rig in separate parts and assemble it yourself as boutique builders like iBUYPOWER make you pay a premium for their builds. That can be used to beef up your hardware configuration.

You can also buy a decent aftermarket cooler and OC your CPU when you feel the need for more performance. I guess you'd get two or three years out of the CPU without a problem.
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November 5, 2011 6:38:17 PM

Best answer selected by ghythybhy.
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