I'm building a system and have yet to purchase a video card. I am using an intel pentium G2020 ivy bridge dual core (2.9GHz) as my cpu and am wondering if a Radeon 7870 would be too much for it to handle. Will I see a severe bottleneck or will it run okay? I didn't get an i3 because it was almost double the price at microcenter and I saw gaming benchmarks where it beat a pentium only because of higher clocks and not hyper threading.
i3 3220 is better due to higher clocks as well as hyper-threading(in the games which use it).
Games which run better on a processor which has ability process 4 or so threads simultaneously would run better on i3 3220.
Anyway,pentium g2020 is fine for its price though,as quite a number of games now run better on a CPU which can process 3-4 threads at a time an i3 3220 would have been better.
Not a big deal,you can always buy a new CPU-mobo combination in a year or two or so.