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Buying a 7870 or 7850, trying not to bottleneck

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July 21, 2012 7:25:31 PM

Hey there all!

I am currently in the process of building my first gaming rig. As far as my GPU goes, I should be getting a 7870 or 7850, depending on if anything goes on sale within the next few days.


My worry is that I may end up bottlenecking with a CPU. I was looking at newegg's combo deals for cpus and mobos. While I feel like I have a general idea of what I need, I'm a little lost as to knowing what may or may not bottleneck my CPU.

Specifically I was looking at this combo deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

While this is somewhere in the mid-range of my budget, I wouldn't mind if I could spend a bit less or not, but I don't want to bottleneck my gpu so this is why I come to you guys! Thanks in advance for any answers, your help is greatly appreciated!

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July 21, 2012 7:31:21 PM

why are you looking at mi ni-itx motherboards? You are paying a hefty price for the small size. Not to mention that it is a biostar, which is just yech.
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July 21, 2012 7:34:02 PM

For a little more CPU performance try a combo with I3 2120, the 0.2GHz increase is worth it since neither overclocks.
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July 21, 2012 7:36:56 PM

As I said, my first gaming rig, so I'm still a bit uninformed.

Would something like this combo deal be better?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Keep in mind that I guess I don't really need to use a combo deal, I just feel that likely it's going to be cheaper if I did do a combo.
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July 21, 2012 7:38:25 PM

It is a better board!
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July 21, 2012 7:39:59 PM

My main concern is the CPU to make sure I don't limit the power of my GPU, since my GPU is a fairly good one. I"m assuming most of these would be fine for my GPU to operate at full capacity since nothing has been said.
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July 21, 2012 7:44:56 PM

The I3 will keep up with those cards.
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July 21, 2012 7:54:00 PM

Great to hear! I'll probably pick up the i3-2120 and then a compatible mobo within the next few days.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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July 21, 2012 8:24:23 PM

Best answer selected by alex24boom.
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