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July 4, 2012 7:27:06 AM

I have a Phenom Ii X4 965 BE. I currently have a Asus 7770ghx edition.

At what level gpu will my processor start to choke? I'm considering a second 7770 in cf. Will this be too much for my system?

My mother board is a ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with 8gb 1333ram.

Thanks guys!

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July 4, 2012 7:46:46 AM

Your 965BE won't bottleneck with a single 7770.
It should be able to handle a 7770CF. It might bottleneck in highly CPU intensive Games.
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July 4, 2012 7:46:58 AM

NO bottleneck.
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July 4, 2012 7:52:37 AM

Sweet, thanks guys. For $105 this was the fastest cpu I could find. Almost got a i3-2100t for $119 but, according to Tom's the P II X4 965 is slightly (oh so slightly) better gaming cpu. Saved me $15 and allowed the 7770 vs. 6770 or 6670. Which saved me some $$ getting a PSU that should let me cf x2 7770. I hope.
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July 4, 2012 7:54:28 AM

Oldbutstillatit said:
Sweet, thanks guys. For $105 this was the fastest cpu I could find. Almost got a i3-2100t for $119 but, according to Tom's the P II X4 965 is slightly (oh so slightly) better gaming cpu. Saved me $15 and allowed the 7770 vs. 6770 or 6670. Which saved me some $$ getting a PSU that should let me cf x2 7770. I hope.

overclock your cpu too then there will be NO chances of bottlenecking.
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July 4, 2012 9:02:48 AM

U had nice mobo with Black edition proc... so it will o.c. quite well...
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July 4, 2012 12:51:31 PM

Depends on what you are playing, even the most powerful CPU's bottleneck in some games.

WoW 25 man raids, battlefield 3 60 player multiplayer, massive strategy game like the total war series, diablo 3 4-player by times. These are all examples of games where a high end CPU will struggle before a comparable high end GPU.

If you are playing single player games like max payne 3 or the witcher 2 etc you wont ever see a bottleneck.

When other players are all making decisions in an online environment it's easy to run into CPU bottlenecks.
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July 4, 2012 6:56:08 PM

no freaking bottleneck on any game, i've used my 1090t stock since 2009, games dont use six cores so the comparison is viable, i have not seen ANY game that "bottlenecks" the cpu, i have a friend with the exact same setup except he has two 6970 on crossfire and a phenom ii x4 everything runs perfectly smooth, we even played shogun 2 with a lot of troops on screen and there was not a single slowdown
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July 4, 2012 10:24:13 PM

games are becoming more multi threaded, example max payne 3, there is not a single diference between a 3960k and an athlon II x4 in terms of frames per second, battlefield 3 is another example, now if you are going to do editing and that kind of stuff then you will start to see the difference between cpus
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