I5 CPU recommendation for my configuration

I've got an AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE in combination wiht ASUS M3A78 mobo and 4 GB of 1066 DDR2. Recently I got myself one Sapphire HD7770 1GB graphic card. I'd like to upgrade my CPU/MOBO/RAM. I thought about some i5 processor and ASUS P8H77-V motherboard, also 2x4 GB Corsair DDR3 1866MHz. I have 500W Corsair builder series PSU, I hope I won't have problems with it (like needing stronger PSU).
Could you please recommend me some i5 processor? There're many models and different prices, what would be the best option to pair with this GC, PSU, RAM?
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  1. an i3 is more than sufficient for your gpu... if you thinking about getting an i5 I suggest you get a decent gpu like 7850.. otherwise i3 3220 and 7770 will be just fine. because your gpu (7770) is your bottleneck, getting an i5 wont make much difference...
  2. shaun_shaun said:
    an i3 is more than sufficient for your gpu... if you thinking about getting an i5 I suggest you get a decent gpu like 7850.. otherwise i3 3220 and 7770 will be just fine. because your gpu (7770) is your bottleneck, getting an i5 wont make much difference...


    Ok, thank you for your answer. I thought that 7770 wouldn't bottleneck some i5 CPU so much. Then I'm rather going with i3 as you recommended. I hope I'll notice some difference/improvement over my current CPU/MOBO/RAM combination.
  3. The simple answer for CPU i5 3570K.
    I wouldn't go below a i5 3450 (only $20 less) for gaming if you want some longevity.
    After that only the gpu will hold you back.
    7770 is ok but it will be your new bottleneck

    Depending on what you are willing to spend a GTX 660 is good a good bang for the $.
    (it is about twice the price but also twice the performance.)

    The description of the video card should tell you what the requirement for your PSU is.
  4. if you planing to upgrade your GPU in the future, u can always choose an i5, otherwise go with i3 ...

    you ll definitely see some major improvement after the upgrade ..
  5. Your card is not top of the line but it does pretty good, with this set up
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_sapphire_hd7770/6.htm

    that's with a i7 so if you want to go i5 like you said there are alot of choices but with that memory and board you might like this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505

    it will last awhile and you can always get a better G card down the road. :sol:
  6. Thank you guys, I'll figure something out of this. I've recently bought this graphic card and don't think I'll upgrade it in next 1-2 years so i3 might be better choice.
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