CPU Gaming Bottleneck Tags: CPUs Gaming Bottleneck Product Last response: September 22, 2012 8:42 AM in CPUs Share mtelks September 21, 2012 1:26:14 PM I just wanted to get your opinion I have a: Q9550 @ 3.6 4x1GB PC2 6400 4-4-4-12 P35 Chipset I recently purchased a Radeon 7870 2GB. My motherboard only supports PCI-E 1.0/1.1. I was wondering how much of a bottleneck my processor, memory and PCIe slot is during gaming. I'm trying to decide whether it's worth upgrading those other components now. Was looking at a i5-2500k, 8GB of DDR3 1600, Z77 Chipset. More about : cpu gaming bottleneck Burgies September 21, 2012 1:45:04 PM It may be when the card is really working. I would recommend if you upgrade to look at the current gen i5 3570k. deadlockedworld a b à CPUs September 21, 2012 3:22:58 PM Yep. It's time for a new motherboard! Your thoughts, but with the 3570k would be a good choice (assuming you will overclock). For more detail let us know what you want to afford, etc. Related resources AMD gaming CPU that won't bottleneck - Forum Pentium G860 and AMD HD 7750 - Will the CPU be a bottleneck in games? - Forum Crysis 3 cpu bottleneck ? - Forum Gtx 680 bottleneck i5 760 cpu - Forum Will this GPU bottleneck my CPU ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer gamerkila57 September 21, 2012 3:32:32 PM your processor is defiantly holding back the HD 7870 and the 1.1 x16 slot is bottlenecking it by like 20+% depending on the game http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI... mtelks September 21, 2012 3:47:28 PM Yes, I'm definitely planning on overclocking. The reason I was looking at Sandybridge was because I read it Overclocks better with less heat. Something like 4-4.5 ghz. Looking to spend something less than $500 for the processor, memory, motherboard. gamerkila57 September 21, 2012 4:31:36 PM Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Total: $440 Edit: Clock For Clock Ivy Bridge is faster than sandy bridge when both are at the same clocks deadlockedworld a b à CPUs September 21, 2012 5:46:19 PM Suggestion above seems good. Motherboard brand is debatable. You have a good power supply? Don't want to take any risks! seanpull September 22, 2012 7:47:52 AM ASRock is a great motherboard brand. They're made by ASUS if I'm not mistaken. I still would rather an MSi or ASUS motherboard, but keep in mind, they're $50-$60 more for the same features. Burgies September 22, 2012 8:28:29 AM Theres nothing wrong with azrock, they are generally supplying high end features at competitive prices. I have that one and its worked great. deadlockedworld a b à CPUs September 22, 2012 8:42:34 AM hah .. bad choice of wording. I wasnt questioning ASrock -- I was trying to say that everyone would have different opinions on maker. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumBottleneck - GPU - CPU - RAM ForumCpu bottleneck Ati hd 7850 ForumWill my CPU bottleneck gpu ForumWould my cpu bottleneck my gpu? ForumHow bad would my cpu bottleneck a video card? ForumBuild, Will my CPU bottleneck my GPU? Or have i made other mistakes? ForumCPU Bottleneck ? ForumWill my CPU bottleneck my GPU? ForumCPU 's bottleneck Game performace, but NOT the GPU. ForumCan RAM bottleneck CPU and/or GPU ? ForumCPU BOTTLENECK ForumWondering about bottleneck CPU /GPU ForumWill my cpu bottleneck my video card??? ForumIs this compatible? ForumCore performance boost on or off for overclock CPU? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !