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Cheapest cpu that won't bottleneck sli 680's?

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July 20, 2012 3:21:16 AM

I have a 680 and I plan on adding another. Is there an AMD CPU that won't bottleneck dual 680's or will I need to buy an intel motherboard and CPU? If I need to go intel should I get an Ivy Bridge i5 or a Sandy Bridge i5? I would like a CPU that is good for overclocking.
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July 20, 2012 3:36:43 AM

i would say it might bottleneck ur cpu whats ur cpu
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July 20, 2012 3:37:49 AM

There is no CPU from AMD that would not bottleneck the 680's.

I would just overclock if you have a current Phenom ii X4 9XX processor.

A sandybridge i5 will be perfectly fine and will not bottleneck.
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July 20, 2012 3:48:58 AM

I currently have a 960t unlocked and overclocked to 3.9ghz (can't get to 4ghz)
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July 20, 2012 3:51:15 AM

i think u should keep it and stay with one gtx 680
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July 20, 2012 3:55:45 AM

DjArtifact said:
I currently have a 960t unlocked and overclocked to 3.9ghz (can't get to 4ghz)

How is CPU usage during gaming with 1 GTX 680?
July 20, 2012 4:00:15 AM

skitz9417 said:
i think u should keep it and stay with one gtx 680

I need to update my cpu for other reasons anyway so I was hoping I could get one that I could use with sli 680's. Should I just wait for piledriver or do I get something like a BD 8150?
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July 20, 2012 4:02:21 AM

i think u should just wait for pd
July 20, 2012 4:46:48 AM

You should just get an i5 2500k or up.
Waiting for pd is a waste. New technologies always come up, just get the hardware you need right now or you're never gonna buy something.
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July 20, 2012 4:48:18 AM

yeah how do u know how pd will be good or not
July 20, 2012 10:10:19 AM

skitz9417 said:
yeah how do u know how pd will be good or not

It'd be pretty damn impressive if it could beat a 2500k, something which still thrashes bulldozer 8-core models at stock settings.

Go with the 2500k. Prices on it are dropping all the time and probably shouldn't cause any kind of major bottleneck. Unlike AMD processors.
July 20, 2012 12:30:43 PM

skitz9417 said:
yeah how do u know how pd will be good or not

I'm saying is a waste waiting for new technology when you have what you need right now, I myself have some hope in pd.

Get the 2500k or up, if you keep waiting for the last hardware you're never going to buy something because new technology always come up.
July 20, 2012 2:33:21 PM

I'd say get the i5-3570k since it's the same price as a 2500k and it should be better for future proofing (since it's newer technology)
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July 20, 2012 2:57:14 PM

Komomu said:
I'd say get the i5-3570k since it's the same price as a 2500k and it should be better for future proofing (since it's newer technology)

It costs quite a bit more, and neither are compatible with the upcoming LGA 1150 socket. So not really much difference wrt futureproofing.
July 20, 2012 3:04:17 PM

Sakkura said:
It costs quite a bit more, and neither are compatible with the upcoming LGA 1150 socket. So not really much difference wrt futureproofing.



Oh well on amazon and newegg the 2500k costs $219.99 and the 3570k costs $229.99. I don't think $10 difference is a lot (are you sure you aren't mistaking it for the i7-3770k?)

and I meant future proofing in terms of being able to keep it for longer before it becomes obsolete or slow
July 20, 2012 3:09:12 PM

Sakkura said:
It costs quite a bit more, and neither are compatible with the upcoming LGA 1150 socket. So not really much difference wrt futureproofing.


yes, but 2500k is better for oc because of temps. Well if you dont overclock the 3570k higher than 4.5ghz you should be all right.
July 20, 2012 3:11:05 PM

wow 4.5Ghz is quite high and I think (not entirely sure) the 3570k uses less power along the way
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July 20, 2012 3:14:46 PM

forget the i5, why do you need another 680?
July 20, 2012 3:27:00 PM

what's your current cpu though?
July 20, 2012 3:28:18 PM

i reckon that even the i3 2120 wouldnt bottleneck that rig!
July 20, 2012 3:37:25 PM

with a good board, a 2500k or 3570k, a very good graphics card (if you intend to use anti aliasing at all I think nvidia cards are better in that respect) but otherwise go with ati cards because they often run cooler and use a lot less power and they are more cost efficient

With an ssd, your os and games will load much faster and I know in games like BF3 they use your hardrive a lot so an ssd will help you a lot in that respect

Remember the psu is just as important as anything else, don't settle for cheap quality because you will be pissed when your budget psu destroys your $1500 gaming rig
July 20, 2012 3:47:01 PM

panwala95 said:
i reckon that even the i3 2120 wouldnt bottleneck that rig!


maybe a single 680, but dual? i dont think so.
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