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CPU Gaming Bottleneck
Sep 21, 2012, 1:26 PM
I just wanted to get your opinion
I have a:
Q9550 @ 3.6
4x1GB PC2 6400 4-4-4-12
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.
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 21, 2012, 1:45 PM
It may be when the card is really working. I would recommend if you upgrade to look at the current gen i5 3570k.
Sep 21, 2012, 3:22 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.
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Sep 21, 2012, 3:32 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
Sep 21, 2012, 3:47 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.
Sep 21, 2012, 4:31 PM
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
Edit: Clock For Clock Ivy Bridge is faster than sandy bridge when both are at the same clocks
Sep 21, 2012, 5:46 PM
Suggestion above seems good. Motherboard brand is debatable.
You have a good power supply? Don't want to take any risks!
Sep 22, 2012, 7:47 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.
Sep 22, 2012, 8:28 AM
Theres nothing wrong with azrock, they are generally supplying high end features at competitive prices. I have that one and its worked great.
Sep 22, 2012, 8:42 AM
hah .. bad choice of wording. I wasnt questioning ASrock -- I was trying to say that everyone would have different opinions on maker.
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