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Phenom II x 965 and HD 7970

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March 28, 2012 5:58:26 PM

I didn't notice any threads that might speak to this so please bear that in mind. Will a Phenom II x4 965 OC'd to 3.88Ghz bottleneck a Radeon HD 7970? I know its a weakfish CPU so I want to know if I've got get an i7 and new mobo.

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March 28, 2012 6:26:56 PM

Guru3d showed review of HD 7970 and CPU scaling, you'll lose 3-4 FPS!!!!
Your CPU won't bottleneck your GPU, but if you want to see a huge improvement in gaming performance generally upgrade to i5 2500k.
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March 28, 2012 7:31:14 PM

Thanks. If I upgrade it'll be way beyond an i5.
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March 28, 2012 7:38:16 PM

No need to get beyond i5 2500K if you're going to mainly gaming, it has the same performance as the i7 2600K, even it has a very comparable results among the i7 3820/3870k/3930k regarding gaming performance.
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March 28, 2012 9:15:02 PM

ilysaml said:
No need to get beyond i5 2500K if you're going to mainly gaming, it has the same performance as the i7 2600K, even it has a very comparable results among the i7 3820/3870k/3930k regarding gaming performance.


Thanks...that's good to know, especially since that's all this box would be used for. ...but 3-4 fps. Hmmm...I may hold off as long as I get 60+fps in the games I play.
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March 28, 2012 9:19:18 PM

In GPU intensive games like BF3 you'll be fine, don't worry about it ;) 
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April 8, 2012 2:02:46 AM

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