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What is the cheapest CPU that won't bottleneck the GTX 660Ti OC

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October 16, 2012 5:22:48 AM

I am doing a $1000 budget build and I was wondering what would be a good cheap CPU that would not bottle neck a GTX 660TI.


All help is appreciated, Thank you for the answer in advance

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October 16, 2012 6:00:33 AM

At the very cheapest I would say either an Intel Ivy Bridge i3 or an AMD fx-4170. Those processors are both around the $100 area.

However, the problem with the i3 is that it might have difficulty with heavily multi-threaded games, which are becoming more common. While quite powerful, the i3 is still a dual core.

The FX-4170 is just pretty average. Its not fast but its not slow either. However, I hear an update to AMD's FX series (Piledriver, I believe) is just around the corner, so if you are interested in the FX CPUs it may be wise to wait.

If you have the money for a $200 processor, i would REALLY recommend an Intel Ivy Bridge i5, such as the i5-3450. Any Sandy/Ivy Bridge i5 will be plenty for your needs.
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October 16, 2012 6:13:36 AM

i3-2100, any i5.

Don't even bother with the FX-4170.
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October 16, 2012 8:55:03 AM

Literal answer to your quetion is a Phenom II even with a cooler to OC it its Cheap. However $1000 build you shouldn't be asking whats the cheapest CPU unless you have misspent your budget somewhere.
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October 16, 2012 9:14:09 AM

wr6133 said:
Literal answer to your quetion is a Phenom II even with a cooler to OC it its Cheap. However $1000 build you shouldn't be asking whats the cheapest CPU unless you have misspent your budget somewhere.

^ This. If you're asking this question, you've mapped out your budget wrong. Theres no reason why you shouldn't be able to get an i5 in there. While most games do not use more than 2 cores, there are a few out there, and more are starting to come out. Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Deus Ex, Shogun 2, upcoming Medal of Honor (same engine as BF3) to name a few. The i3 will indeed bottleneck at higher resolutions and detail settings.
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October 16, 2012 9:18:45 AM

Maybe it include Hi res monitor or for whole build + apps not just the "CPU" :D 
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October 16, 2012 9:19:54 AM

rdc85 said:
Maybe it include Hi res monitor or for whole build + apps not just the "CPU"

Perhaps, but that information should be specified.
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October 16, 2012 11:37:55 AM

A $1000 build should start around an i5, you may be putting money into items that you do not need. Start with a solid base, then add the bells and whistles later as you can afford to do so. Why spend a grand and cripple it all with a low-end processor?
Give us your build list, we may have some suggestions that could save you money, and get you a better build all around.
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October 16, 2012 12:10:23 PM

Strictest answer to your question is a Pentium G870.
Slightly less strict and more ideal would be the Core i3-3220
Even less strict and even more ideal would be the i5-3470

Recommended: i5-3570K or the i5-3570 if you're not interested in overclocking.
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October 16, 2012 12:22:18 PM

Your answer has been properly answered already. However, I will also repeat that if you have a $1000 budget, and you are penny pinching on the processor.... you F'd up somewhere. Even if the monitor, keyboard and mouse are $300 of it.

An mobo that allows OC, an i5 (or AMD closest equiv), and 8GB of RAM should be standard in any build with a $300 GPU.
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October 17, 2012 9:00:41 PM

Alright thank you all for you help. as a final question I found a combo deal with motherboards...should I get the Intel i5 2320 or the I5 2400?
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October 17, 2012 10:01:56 PM

You're welcome..

The i5-2320 and 2400 are both the same design, same generation of CPUs, but the i5-2400 has a slightly higher clock speed, which means it would be the better choice.
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October 18, 2012 9:18:30 PM

Alright I have purchased the I5 2400 Thank you all very much for the help.
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October 18, 2012 9:18:36 PM

Best answer selected by kolton45.
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