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concerning bottlenecking, how cheep can i go on the CPU? I know this is game/process specific so lets just say in general... Someone from work is selling a 4100, mobo and ram for a very good price. I've been waiting a long time for the 7950 but I need a computer to put it in. Would the 4100 work?
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a 7970 on AMD's side a decent quad core will be sufficiant to not bottleneck, so a 7950 should be alittle less on requirements so it'll be alright smile.gif

should have a clock of 3.2ghz or higher, your I3 2120T is sufficient enough to power a single 7970 smile.gif
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but that i3 ur running wont bottle neck either, anandtech have put some words in there 7950 review about bottle neck, i believe thumb.gif
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a 7970 on AMD's side a decent quad core will be sufficiant to not bottleneck, so a 7950 should be alittle less on requirements so it'll be alright smile.gif
should have a clock of 3.2ghz or higher, your I3 2120T is sufficient enough to power a single 7970 smile.gif

I'd love to use one of my 2120Ts but they are being used in my servers.

when you say 3.2GHz, are you including bulldozer in that statement?

:::EDIT:::
btw, you guys realize these I3s are 35 watts right? (2.6GHz)
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Is the mobo in that combo deal 990FX? I wouldn't go with the 4100 myself honestly, i heard it's pretty slow for gaming but might be alrite for other things. Personally, i have a i3-2120 sitting on my desk, i'll use it with my Z68 Gen 3 while waiting for the IB. I also have a 7950 coming on its way too. I'd recommend you buy a P67/Z68 Gen 3 board and a i3-2100 to use while waiting for the IB which is coming out soon.
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I'd love to use one of my 2120Ts but they are being used in my servers.
when you say 3.2GHz, are you including bulldozer in that statement?
:::EDIT:::
btw, you guys realize these I3s are 35 watts right? (2.6GHz)

3.2ghz in general since the 955 is 3.2ghz, heres a website detailing what is the range of cpu's and how they perform with the 7970. reason why im using the 7970 is well it's higher performing so if the cpu thats cheap performs good on the 7970 then it'll perform better on the 7950.

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i hope that website will help you
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Is the mobo in that combo deal 990FX? I wouldn't go with the 4100 myself honestly, i heard it's pretty slow for gaming but might be alrite for other things. Personally, i have a i3-2120 sitting on my desk, i'll use it with my Z68 Gen 3 while waiting for the IB. I also have a 7950 coming on its way too. I'd recommend you buy a P67/Z68 Gen 3 board and a i3-2100 to use while waiting for the IB which is coming out soon.

it's alittle slower then it's 9xx counterparts but not by much. but when you go beyond 1080 tho and go Eyefinity or Surround CPU tends to be disregarded since it's all on the GPU from there
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Is the mobo in that combo deal 990FX? I wouldn't go with the 4100 myself honestly, i heard it's pretty slow for gaming but might be alrite for other things. Personally, i have a i3-2120 sitting on my desk, i'll use it with my Z68 Gen 3 while waiting for the IB. I also have a 7950 coming on its way too. I'd recommend you buy a P67/Z68 Gen 3 board and a i3-2100 to use while waiting for the IB which is coming out soon.


the boards i have now are Z68. The mobo in the deal is a 990FX.
I didn't realise that the Z68 supported HT3.0 I just found some for ~$110. iB doesn't come out til the end of 2012?

So many choices... I'll prob put everything together in about 6 weeks. I'll post when it's done. Thanks for the insight.
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I think the Ivy Bridge is coming out on April something like that.
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html

That's using a 7970 to prevent GPU bottlenecking. I would go for a i3-2100 personally. Beats out BD and Phenom II most of the time. Plus has a good upgrade path. The 4100 just doesn't do it. If you also look in the article it OC's the CPUs to show that BD and PII still lose out.
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