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Will this cpu bottleneck my GTX 680?

I get my GTX 680 on monday. A few People are telling me my CPU will bottleneck the GTX 680's performance and bring it down a bit. Is that true? Here are my specs:

PSU: OCZ 650W
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 64MB Cache 7200 RPM
GPU: EVGA GTX 680
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
RAM: 8GB
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  1. No you will be fine
  2. No it will not bottleneck your 680 , that cpu has the turbo boost so that will kick in before a bottleneck occurs. The 2500k also overclocks extremely well so even if it did start to bolltleneck all you wouold have to do is crank up the cpu.
  3. Lol what? How would the most recommended CPU for gaming bottleneck it? Doesn't even make sense.

    As others said, you will be fine. If you want, you can OC the 2500k, but even the turbo boost should do fine by itself.
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    Whoooa, let's take a step back. We assume that you're talking gaming performance, but the question we need to ask is: which games are you looking to play? The 2500k can be overclocked to remove almost all functional CPU bottlenecking from any game when using a GTX 680. But not all games are created equal; if you're wondering about AvP, then you could underclock the 2500k to 2.0 GHz and still push frame prerenders to 2x GTX 680 with no bottleneck. If you're playing Crysis 2, then you'll need to overclock the 2500k a good bit to remove the functional bottleneck. I have done extensive testing with a 2500k with single/SLI 460s and single/CF 7970s to corroborate what I have said.

    Given all of that, the 2500k is obviously a great performer at stock and you shouldn't have too much problem even if you weren't to overclock (though I see no reason not to, you can do it even with the stock HSF and 30 seconds of Interwebs research) Did you have any questions about specific games and framerates?
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