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Will this CPU bottleneck GPUs? Help!

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August 11, 2012 3:36:11 PM

hi, I'm planning on buying a PC from HP and was considering a model with a AMD FX-6120 six-core processor (3.6GHz), 8gig ra, 600w. Would the FX-6120 bottleneck decent GPUs? (I intend on switching out graphics for gaming). For an extra $200, I am also considering a model with a i7-3770 quad-core processor. I know its much less bang for my buck, but what do you guys recommend for gaming? Both have 8gig ram and 600w.


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August 11, 2012 3:37:45 PM

What GPUs are we talking about? And yes, at certain resolutions, in certain games, it absolutely will. But probably not any GPUs that are going to be offered in a pre-built from HP.

As far as gaming, you don't need an i7. An i5 is enough, use the extra money you saved on not getting an i7 and put that into a heavier GPU budget, this is ideal for best "bang for the buck".
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August 11, 2012 3:53:01 PM

Would an i5-2320 be sufficient for, hmm, and 7850 perhaps?
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a c 78 à CPUs
August 11, 2012 4:13:23 PM

Yes. But the i5-23xx series really aren't any better than overclocked Phenom II x4 Black Editions. Thei5- 2300s are actually worse. Considering Phenom IIs even with an aftermarket CPU cooler to overclock are substantially cheaper than them, you might want to consider that option. Or spend a couple more bucks and get the i5-2400. Thats a little more comfortably out of reach from AMD's offerings.

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August 11, 2012 5:12:36 PM

nekulturny said:
Yes. But the i5-23xx series really aren't any better than overclocked Phenom II x4 Black Editions. Thei5- 2300s are actually worse. Considering Phenom IIs even with an aftermarket CPU cooler to overclock are substantially cheaper than them, you might want to consider that option. Or spend a couple more bucks and get the i5-2400. Thats a little more comfortably out of reach from AMD's offerings.

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+1, I couldn't agree more

However, I would recommend the i5 3450>i5 2400 considering it's very small price difference :) 
a c 78 à CPUs
August 11, 2012 5:16:01 PM

No argument here. 2500K or 3570K you might have one though lol.
a c 109 à CPUs
August 11, 2012 5:19:35 PM

Very true :lol: 
Anonymous
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August 11, 2012 6:15:23 PM

How about going up to the 3770? Waste, or good for futureproofing?
a b à CPUs
August 11, 2012 6:26:23 PM

She already explained it's a waste for gaming. Use that money on a better GPU.
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