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Is this CPU good enough for a GTX 580?

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So I got my Gigabyte GTX 580 yesterday, but I'm wondering if my CPU is bottlenecking it. I have a i7-860 @ 2.8GHz, so it's not overclocked or anything. I was thinking about getting a i5-2500K, is this necessary?

In 3Dmark I only scored a P6300 or so, which isn't that good I believe.

Thanks.
post #2 of 15
OC the Cpu a little but overal your fine just dont add another 580
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A stock 2500k won't be much of an increase over your current CPU. Just OC your current CPU to 3.6-3.8Ghz.
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You'll be good if you can throw a decent OC on it. Won't be able to do 580 sli or anything about a single 580 though.

A 2500k would be a good upgrade if you ever want to go past a single 580
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It just needs a good overclock. Get that baby up to 4GHz or so (which it will do), and you'll be fine, even for 580 SLI.
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Thanks for the replies.

Wouldn't it get really hot in that case? I even have CoolIT ALC VANTAGE watercooling for my CPU, and now without overclock the temps are around 35 idle and 55-60 while playing games like Crysis 2 etc.
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Thanks for the replies.

Wouldn't it get really hot in that case? I even have CoolIT ALC VANTAGE watercooling for my CPU, and now without overclock the temps are around 35 idle and 55-60 while playing games like Crysis 2 etc.
Your temperatures shouldn't be anywhere near that hot with a sealed water loop. It's possible your cooler might not be seated correctly, or poor case airflow.

As long as you can keep it cool enough, that CPU will do 4GHz. And at 4GHz, you won't bottleneck any GPU setup noticeably.

At stock, yeah its holding things back a bit.
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post #8 of 15
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Weird, I actually applied new thermal paste yesterday. I have no idea why my temps are too high. I haven't modified the airflow at all, I left everything the way it came when I bought it:



There's a switch on the case where I can adjust the case fan speed, I've always had that at the lowest speed, 1 out of 3 (gets so noisy at max). I tried to set it to max, but the temps didn't change at all.
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Just overclock it & you'll be good with that card
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I wouldn't try for 4ghz with that cooler. Used it before, not very impressed. True 120 was getting way better load temps.
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