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Is my i5-2500 CPU enough to keep up with SLI GTX 680's?

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February 28, 2013 11:41:55 PM

I already had an EVGA GeForce GTX 680, and I just got another one for cheap (friend sold his PC). The problem is that my CPU is an Intel i5-2500 (not K), and I don't know if it'll cause a bottleneck in regards to gaming. If I'm installing two GTX 680's, I want to get as much performance out of them as I can. I planned on eventually upgrading to the i7-3770K, but should I spend the $300 to upgrade now or am I okay for awhile?

EDIT: I also want to add that I'm only gaming on one monitor at 1920x1080 resolution.

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March 1, 2013 12:15:15 AM

I think that if you're only gaming at 1080p; then you'll be fine. IMO you probably wont even need to upgrade.

That said; upgrade ASAP then you'll be future proof, you wont worry about if its your cpu making it lag.

IMO sli 680 is crazy powerful and most of the games (the ones I play) are GPU bound so you wont see the bottle neck until you go up to higher resolutions/multi monitor.
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March 1, 2013 1:29:47 AM

No there is no bottleneck until maybe 1600p where the 2500 likely will start bottlenecking. Even at 1200p that 2500 should keep up (many games don't even use HT or more than 4 cores). To be very honest stock up on a 3570K or 2500K (They are literally i7 2600Ks/3770Ks without HT) and OC them to whatever is stable.
March 1, 2013 10:40:42 AM

You should be fine if you not playing CPU heavy games, usually ones designed to be PC only. you can increase the turbo multiplier on that cpu a bit if you have not already which should help some. You could even increase the BLCK by a little bit (maybe not even worth the hassle). I would spend the money on as awesome monitor so you can actually use those two cards for something other than crysis 3 !
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