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What is the cheapest processor that WONT bottleneck a GTX 480?

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Would an overclocked I3 processor be enough to handle a GTX 480/GTX 570?
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How serious is this "bottlenecking"? I know it's a real phenomenon but are we talking like, only 45 fps in some games, or "only" 85?

IMV if you wish to make the leap you should price out the cheapest quad-core Sandy Bridge setup you can get, or alternatively, look into an i5 750 if you don't mind being one generation behind.
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Just get an i5 2500k for $200 and OC it to 4.7ghz.
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Originally Posted by Quantum Reality;14446153 
How serious is this "bottlenecking"? I know it's a real phenomenon but are we talking like, only 45 fps in some games, or "only" 85?

IMV if you wish to make the leap you should price out the cheapest quad-core Sandy Bridge setup you can get, or alternatively, look into an i5 750 if you don't mind being one generation behind.

I don't mind being a generation behind at all. As long as the CPU does not bottleneck the GTX 480. I'm not sure what the bottleneck is right now b/c I haven't received my GTX 480 yet BUT from what I've read...the AMD architecture cannot utilize the GTX 480 to it's full potential.

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Originally Posted by ebolamonkey3;14446184 
Just get an i5 2500k for $200 and OC it to 4.7ghz.

I have a Microcenter around me, so I can buy it for $180+tax. I'm just looking for the cheapest solution.

I don't mind changing my MoBo and processor because I want buy a mATX board anyway cool.gif.
    
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Hold on why are you getting a GTX 480? Back to the topic, stick to the current gen SB chips, as by the end of the year, you will be 2 gens behind. And the SB chips win out the prev gen in almost every single way.
    
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post #6 of 23
Nothing wrong with getting a 480. 570 performance and it costs much cheaper.

OP, 2500k is your only bet. None of the current gen i3's can be OCd and the previous gen i3 and i5s cannot compare with the 2500k. There's a reason why its the best bang for the buck gaming CPU right now.
    
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In my opinion, if you change your platform out, you may as well get Sandy Bridge.

By the way, a GeForce GTX 560 Ti is roughly around par with a GeForce GTX 470. From what I have seen, my CPU doesn't really bottleneck my GPU that much on average (the whole issue of not having enough cores for some games and that itself being a bottleneck aside). So, your CPU is slightly slower in IPC, but not by much, but you're also going to pair it with a faster GPU.

This is simply a guess based on my limited observations of my own setup, so it depends on the games you play too, but I say that with that decent overclock, there's a slight chance it won't be "oh my goodness it's bottlecking it terribly" but rather "it's definitely not getting the full potential but I'm still not not holding it halfway back or anything".

Again, it's just a guess, and sure, a Sandy Bridge may pull better numbers, but I'd at least try it before you rush out and replace your platform.

Wait for BallaTheFeared or whoever. If I remember right, he has two overclocked (?) GeForce GTX 470s in SLI, and had a Phenom II heavily overclocked, made an upgrade to Sandy Bridge, and saw very mentionable gains. I'm not sure if the case would be the same for one GPU though.
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i doubt that a 1055T will bottleneck a gtx 480. My secondary rig has sli'd gtx 480's wth a 1055T and i don't get bottlenecked.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by patawic;14446295 
i doubt that a 1055T will bottleneck a gtx 480. My secondary rig has sli'd gtx 480's wth a 1055T and i don't get bottlenecked.
BallaTheFeared is going to pay this thread a visit at some point and oppose this from experience (only I think he had GeForce GTX 470s, so it'd be to a further extent with GeForce GTX 480s), just warning you now.
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