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Bottlenecking Question

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February 20, 2012 2:22:09 PM

For my first (gaming) build, I chose the the i3 2120 because I am waiting for Ivy Bridge. I am also considering about purchasing the HD 7970. Will the processor bottleneck the GPU? Thanks for replies.

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February 20, 2012 2:37:16 PM

Compared to a faster/better CPU yes but nothing to worry about they will work fine together!
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February 20, 2012 3:00:37 PM

Gaming in Battlefield 3 should be great (due to its gpu intensive nature) whilst gaming in titles like Starcraft II, Mafia II or GTA4 will be affected (negatively) by the mere two cores of the i3 2120.
Just my 2 cents
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February 20, 2012 3:23:07 PM

Why is that I can't delete my own post?
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February 20, 2012 3:48:07 PM

this article has core i3 tested with a 7970.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
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February 20, 2012 4:17:45 PM

Alyus said:
For my first (gaming) build, I chose the the i3 2120 because I am waiting for Ivy Bridge. I am also considering about purchasing the HD 7970. Will the processor bottleneck the GPU? Thanks for replies.


Yes...one thing will always bottleneck another. Eventually if you keep adding load, either your GPU or CPU will reach is limits. Theoretically, there is ALWAYS a bottleneck in any computer.

Depending on your expectations and software, your chances of seeing this bottleneck may vary.
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February 27, 2012 2:02:34 AM

Best answer selected by Alyus.
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