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post #11 of 23
I'd go for the 2500k, and an Asus P8P67-M Pro (mATX version). smile.gif Pair it up with those sweet 2x4GB GSkill Ripjaw X (blue) RAM with 8-8-8-24 timings, you've got one beastly mATX build. biggrin.gif

To be fair though the only "bottleneck" you'll see with a Thuban is in CPU intensive games (GTA IV is a solid example). You'll also see a HUGE difference in minimum framerates.

The i3 2100 will also be sufficient for any single GPU gaming too. However it won't overclock very far, so its not very fun. At stock it'll beat the Thuban in CPU intensive games though (with the Thuban at 4.0+), and minimum frames.
Edited by pioneerisloud - 8/3/11 at 3:05am
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post #12 of 23
Whats the bottle neck doing?? I'm running the 1090t at 4.0 with a MSI GTX 580 and all my games run smooth as silk.
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i'd stay with your current cpu rather than changing all
your system will work fine, i see no need to downgrade or sidegrade
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Yeah i guess it just depends on how much money you want to spend and if you want to overclock. My i3 2100 easily bottlenecked my 5850 but I wanted to overclock so after about a month I got my 2500K biggrin.gif But the 2100 still did awesome in gaming
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2500k, best bang for your buck wink.gif
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post #16 of 23
Um.. bottleneck? My SLI 460s beat a 480 hands down, I don't feel any kind of bottleneck here.
Now SLI 480s? Different story entirely there. If you really want to upgrade, the only real choice is 2500k or 2600k right now. Later this year there will be SB-E and BD, one of those may do even better.
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There shouldn't be any serious bottlenecking, especially since you probably have the HT Link overclocked a fair amount on your processor which really helps gaming performance. You should be getting similar performance to first generation Core i5 and i7 processors in 95% of the games out there.

But if you're worried the cheapest you should go for is the i5-2300, but the i5-2500K is recommended.
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post #18 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by listen to remix;14446136 
I'm thinking about getting rid of my AMD setup because no matter high I overclock, it's going to bottleneck a GTX 480.

Would an overclocked I3 processor be enough to handle a GTX 480/GTX 570?
If you're gaming at 720p or less, then yes, your CPU is more than likely causing a significant bottleneck. However, I noticed your monitor is 28" - I'm assuming a 1080p one at that. At a resolution that high, your GPU is more likely to be the bottleneck, it's just too big a res for your CPU to matter.

I would seriously reconsider if I were you.
 
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A AMD 1055T..... Iv'e got one and GPU usage is always 99%
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I was running a 1090T @ 4.1Ghz and never saw a bottle neck with two 5870's. I am now running those on an i5-750 @4.2 and the story is the same. I think unless it is a really intensive CPU based game you should be fine.
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