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a b V Motherboard
November 1, 2012 10:43:47 PM

so, i am going to go for a phenom ii x4 965BE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and a radeon 7770 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). i would love to run skyrim on medium and MAYBE high settings with a budget of <$650. im planning on getting this aftermarket cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) to overclock the CPU with hopefully no bottleneck. the question is, how bad will the bottleneck be if any? second question is - is the framerate/quality any different if i use a pci express slot 2.0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) with a pci express 3.0 card? thanks so much! :) 
a c 80 V Motherboard
November 1, 2012 10:46:37 PM

A Phenom II x4 965 will not bottleneck a 7770 even un-overclocked.

PCI- Gen3 is useless right now, its largely just a future proofing thing. Even a 2nd gen 8x slot is enough for even the most powerful cards.
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a b V Motherboard
November 3, 2012 11:31:18 PM

manofchalk said:
A Phenom II x4 965 will not bottleneck a 7770 even un-overclocked.

PCI- Gen3 is useless right now, its largely just a future proofing thing. Even a 2nd gen 8x slot is enough for even the most powerful cards.



would the bottleneck be bad even if that 7770 was a 6850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)?
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a b V Motherboard
November 4, 2012 12:07:48 AM

The 965BE shouldn't be able to bottleneck card up to a 7950.
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