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Is my GPU too powerful for my motherboard and CPU?

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a b U Graphics card
October 21, 2012 3:35:39 PM

I'm in the process of purchasing a new computer and, being the technology newbie I am, fear that I've over balanced my system (if this is even possible) the specs of the computer I wish to buy are as following:

Case
COOLERMASTER HAF 912 PLUS MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD BULLDOZER QUAD CORE FX-4170 (4.20GHz/4MB CACHE/AM3+)
Motherboard
ASUS® M5A97 R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s, Windows 8 Ready!)
Memory (RAM)
8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE AMD CPU COOLER (£19)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8 Standard Edition 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
Microsoft® Office Home & Student 2010 (1 License Product Key Card) (£82)
Anti-Virus
NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2013 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC (£9) *SPECIAL*
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)

My concern is that as my GPU is fairly mid end (I do some fairly high end gaming in terms of performance) and as far as I am aware, my CPU and motherboard as fairly low end, that my GPU will not perform to the extent of it's ability. Any response would be greatly appreciated.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
October 21, 2012 3:39:40 PM

Also, what performance could I expect on, say, Battlefield 3 with all settings set to ultra?
a c 140 U Graphics card
October 21, 2012 11:10:01 PM

As you can see from Tom's Hardware Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart, the FX4170 is not the top dog, but it's certainly no slouch. I suspect it would perform without creating a bottleneck with all but the top performing graphics cards (GTX690/GTX680).

I would note that this Tom's Hardware review was performed with an FX4170 and an HD7970.

-Wolf sends
a c 109 U Graphics card
October 21, 2012 11:10:51 PM

Build your own.
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