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Will An i3 2100 Bottleneck a Radeon 6950?

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June 26, 2012 11:35:17 PM

I'm looking to build a budget gaming PC and I can get an i3 2100 for 90 dollars. I really don't want to pass up a deal like that; but I'm dead set on the 6950 GPU. I know i3's can't overclock; I'm not really concerned with that for the foreseeable future. This was one of the comments in Microcenter's review section for the i3 2100...
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had it for over 6 months, played any game i threw at it on max with no lag. it was paired with a cheap $40 bundle motherboard and an $250 xfx 6950. built an entire gaming computer for under $400!


That makes me slightly optimistic. But I've come to this forum for the final word.

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June 27, 2012 12:19:24 AM

I once ran my 2x6950 with an unlocked AMD 720BE @ stock ( i.e. 2.8GHz ) with no problem. I soon moved to the i5-2500K but I think its potential has not been reached as my gameplay did not result to noticeable fps increase from the 720BE. Maybe I just did not measure but the fact is that unless you are looking for it, you probably wont know the difference. So I did not think my 720BE bottleneck my 2x6950 much less a single 6950. Your i3-2100 is considerably more powerful so it should not bottleneck at all.
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June 27, 2012 3:10:24 AM

+1^
If there is any 'bottleneck' at all with the i3-2100, it won't be anything you'll notice without instruments. The dual core SB processor is an amazing little CPU. I've built several budget machines with i3-21xx processors and video cards up to the HD 6870, and was pleasantly surprised how it performed. I doubt the HD 6950 will even notice it has a dual core keeping up with it.
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June 27, 2012 3:27:59 AM

it will not bottleneck, but it will suffer a bit on quad core cpu optimized gaming, which is less than 1% of the gaming library.
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June 27, 2012 3:40:05 PM

dudewitbow said:
it will not bottleneck, but it will suffer a bit on quad core cpu optimized gaming, which is less than 1% of the gaming library.

I sometimes wonder if even that wouldn't be much of an issue, due to the hyper-threading the i3 has at its disposal...
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June 28, 2012 5:23:02 PM

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Now I can go into my first build with full confidence.
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