How know if processor strong enough gpu

Hello, does anyone know whether the Intel core i7 3770 3.4GHz CPU is strong enough to handle the AMD Radeon HD 7850 860Mhz GPU? How can you tell? thnx.
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  1. The 3770 is strong enough for 2 or 3-Way CF 7850's, so you have NOTHING to worry about there.

    As far as how you could tell, if the CPU usage was maxed out in a game (100% usage), but the GPU usage isn't close to 100%, then that would tell you that the CPU wasn't strong enough.

    No worries with that 3770, though. If IT would bottleneck, ANYTHING would.
  2. Thnx a load, i'm still a novice when it comes to building computers but im thinking of building my first one soon, i'm just doing a bit of research first.
  3. You're welcome. :)
  4. Also, I was wondering whether the CPU and GPU could work on the Asus Maximus V Gene motherboard. Any ideas?
  5. Rexmonkey said:
    Also, I was wondering whether the CPU and GPU could work on the Asus Maximus V Gene motherboard. Any ideas?


    Yep. They'll work just fine in that board.
  6. I'd suggest using an i5 unless you know you need an i7 since its a waste of money to most people and won't be helping if all you want is a gaming and general use computer.
  7. Thnx for ur replies, well i am hoping to upgrade certain parts and make my pc into a powerful gaming rig in the future. I just want to make it more "futureproof" - thats why i was thinking i7.
  8. one more thing, does anyone know what size power supply i would need to power this thing?
  9. The i7 really doesn't offer anything. Its basically made to sell for a huge premium for realistically no advantage. The i5 will be the same as the i7 in everything except video transcoding and professional rendering.
  10. Rexmonkey said:
    one more thing, does anyone know what size power supply i would need to power this thing?


    AMD only recommends a 500W unit for a 7850, so a 500-550W unit would be just fine.
  11. A good 500w will be plenty. If you want crossfire in the future, 600w would be good enough. Both the ivybridge i7s and i5 and the 7850s are very power efficient. You can probably run them on a 300w power supply if the quality is there.
  12. There's no such thing as getting a power supply which is too powerful is there? I mean one with a higher wattage than that recommended wont damage anything or be counter productive will it?
  13. Rexmonkey said:
    There's no such thing as getting a power supply which is too powerful is there? I mean one with a higher wattage than that recommended wont damage anything or be counter productive will it?


    No, no problems with doing that (other than slightly reduced efficiency). If you plan to CF later, it's better to go ahead and get more than you need now anyway, so you won't have to later.

    If you WON'T CF later, then there's no real reason to, but it still won't hurt anything.
  14. What does CF stand for?
  15. Rexmonkey said:
    What does CF stand for?


    Crossfire
  16. oh ok, thnx again for your help, it's cleared up quite a few of my problems.
  17. And you're welcome again. :)
  18. power supplys do have efficiency peak at about 50% power, getting a much much more power supply than you need wastes a slight bit more energy, probably less than 5W but if you care, then get a power supply thats not more than 1.5x the max wattage you need and make sure it has a 80+ rating that suits what you need.
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