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CPU Gaming Bottleneck

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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