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Pentium G630 paired with GTX 650?

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March 1, 2013 8:17:21 PM

My custom PC is almost complete, and I wanted to consult the experts on whether the Pentium would bottleneck the overall performance of my PC. I plan on gaming with this particular build, probably Black Ops 2, FC3, Skyrim, and some other, older, games. I have a 460W PSU, if that helps. Thanks in advance!

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March 1, 2013 9:06:33 PM

cakekindel said:
My custom PC is almost complete, and I wanted to consult the experts on whether the Pentium would bottleneck the overall performance of my PC. I plan on gaming with this particular build, probably Black Ops 2, FC3, Skyrim, and some other, older, games. I have a 460W PSU, if that helps. Thanks in advance!


I assume you are playing at medium settings @ 1050/1080p (30+ FPS) on modern games since that is what the GTX650 is designed for

FC3 will tax both your CPU & GPU
http://www.techspot.com/review/615-far-cry-3-performanc...
black ops II will be fine on single player
http://www.techspot.com/review/601-black-ops-2-performa...
skyrim you will be fine
http://www.techspot.com/review/467-skyrim-performance/p...

older games you will have no issue with at much higher settings and higher FPS (outisde of crysis). If you are looking to push into higher settings and faster FPS, i would suggest increasing your budget if you can.
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March 1, 2013 9:11:36 PM

dirtyferret said:
I assume you are playing at medium settings @ 1050/1080p (30+ FPS) on modern games since that is what the GTX650 is designed for

FC3 will tax both your CPU & GPU
http://www.techspot.com/review/615-far-cry-3-performanc...
black ops II will be fine on single player
http://www.techspot.com/review/601-black-ops-2-performa...
skyrim you will be fine
http://www.techspot.com/review/467-skyrim-performance/p...

older games you will have no issue with at much higher settings and higher FPS (outisde of crysis). If you are looking to push into higher settings and faster FPS, i would suggest increasing your budget if you can.

But would you agree that the processor doesn't really hinder performance due to more usage of the GPU in games versus the CPU? Or do you think I should've sacrificed some cash and jumped for a better processor? Also, thanks :) 

Edit;
My monitor's max resolution is 1440 x 900, so that's what I'll be playing at.
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March 1, 2013 9:24:57 PM

I would increase your budget a bit and step up to an i3. About $50 more but you will see benefit in the more intensive CPU games and also the hyperthreading will help when you play a game that takes advantage of more than 2 cores. This is the cheapest i3 I have found.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 1, 2013 9:31:30 PM

An i3? Not really. The difference is, what, 20%? 30%?

If you hadn't already bought the system, I'd have recommended the 965 BE.
And hyperthreading? Last I heard, it actually hindered game performance.

@OP The CPU isn't as important in games as people love to spew. The GPU does all the graphic work. I say you've made a good decision; the new Pentiums are good CPUs for the dosh.
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March 1, 2013 9:32:59 PM

Since you already have the G630 dual core and the GTX 650, go for it. At 1440x900, you will be fine. The more demanding games may require backing off a bit on settings is all.
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March 1, 2013 9:34:14 PM

Thanks for all the replies. I've actually got everything but the case and the optical drive at this point, so I was just wondering if it'd be worth it to upgrade, even though I'd already planned on it in the future if I felt that it was bottlenecking the system. Thanks all, and I look forward to more opinions!
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March 1, 2013 9:45:39 PM

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March 1, 2013 9:46:50 PM

cakekindel said:
But would you agree that the processor doesn't really hinder performance due to more usage of the GPU in games versus the CPU? Or do you think I should've sacrificed some cash and jumped for a better processor? Also, thanks :) 

Edit;
My monitor's max resolution is 1440 x 900, so that's what I'll be playing at.


the CPU won't hinder you on most games as far as them being playable to you. Realize that newer games will put a larger emphasis on the CPU.

you will need to jump to a better performing CPU but that time frame depends on the games you want to play down the road
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March 1, 2013 9:47:16 PM

clutchc said:
Since you already have the G630 dual core and the GTX 650, go for it. At 1440x900, you will be fine. The more demanding games may require backing off a bit on settings is all.

Thanks! That's more than I needed! You're all great!
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March 1, 2013 9:47:59 PM

dirtyferret said:
the CPU won't hinder you on most games as far as them being playable to you. Realize that newer games will put a larger emphasis on the CPU.

you will need to jump to a better performing CPU but that time frame depends on the games you want to play down the road

Thanks a lot to you as well!
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March 1, 2013 9:57:28 PM

MajinCry said:
An i3? Not really. The difference is, what, 20%? 30%?

If you hadn't already bought the system, I'd have recommended the 965 BE.
And hyperthreading? Last I heard, it actually hindered game performance.

@OP The CPU isn't as important in games as people love to spew. The GPU does all the graphic work. I say you've made a good decision; the new Pentiums are good CPUs for the dosh.



Might want to go back and read the latest CPU under $200 review and best gaming CPU's for the money, then. The i3's benefit from hyperthreading as newer games have taken advantage of more than 2 cores. Keep in mind, this benefit is only for the dual core cpu's. The i7 doesn't get this benefit as it already has 4 physical cores to begin with and most games currently aren't using more than like 3-4 now.



http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-fr...
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