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December 17, 2012 7:47:07 PM

will a G530 2.4Ghz Bottleneck my HD 6870 or would i be better getting an i5 and buying a PSU with it?

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December 17, 2012 8:13:55 PM

yes, the g530 is gonna bottleneck the 6870, i was using the G530 with the HD 6850 and it runs any game, new or old, but always with just 60-70% of GPU load on most games at 1440x900...sometimes it gets to 85% but just with a couple of games

the G530 is a very good CPU for the price but only as placeholder for something better or for HTPCs

i'm using the i3 3220 now and my 6850 runs at 99% almost every time, so is a good option for you if you don't want to spend too much, but the i5 would last longer i think

Sorry if my English is not the best :whistle: 
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December 17, 2012 8:14:02 PM

ryan8989 said:
will a G530 2.4Ghz Bottleneck my HD 6870 or would i be better getting an i5 and buying a PSU with it?


Yes it will, and not only by a little. In some games more than others.
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December 17, 2012 8:47:37 PM

Ok, thanks guys i was going to add i bought an amazing offer for £230 Pounds as i will list below:

CPU = Intel celeron G530 2.4ghz dual core
MOTHERBOARD= ASROCK Z77 extreme 4
PSU = Antec 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply
CASE= AeroCool Strike-X Red GT Black/Red Gaming Mid Tower Case
MEMORY= Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 Vengeance Memory - Red
HARDDRIVE= 120GB OCZ Solid 3 SSD sata III. Read 550MB/s, Write 530MB/s. This is the boot up ssd and i also have a 500gb harddrive for storage
WIRELESS= PCI EXPRESS WIRELESS CARD
DISK/DVD DRIVE= Just a regular disk/dvd drive

for this i think was a bargain also it's a Z77 Asrock Extreme4 which supports i3/5/7 so i can upgrade a processor at any given time but i wanted to know how much of a bottleneck it would be playing games like WOW:p andaria etc at 1280x1024 which is max my monitor supports (17") Max Settings etc :) 
December 17, 2012 8:56:41 PM


well, the G530 and the HD 6850 let me play guild wars 2 at 1440 x 900 with some medium and high settings at 35-45 FPS so i think you will be fine for some time, and since is a 1155 socket, you can do that upgrade to i3,i5 or i7 later :hello: 
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