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Currently running:

Intel i5 2400 @ 3.6
Gigabye Z68 Mobo
16GB Kingston Hyper X Blu
2 EVGA GTX 550 FPB's
XFX Pro 750w

Now I am wanting to do some upgrade but am wondering if I should go CPU or GPU first. I plan on getting a GTX 670 and was wondering how much it will bottleneck my current CPU and if I should get a new CPU first then GPU. I am looking into getting the i5 3570K. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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You would need to get a new motherboard first. There is no point in getting a PCI 3.0 gpu with a z68 motherboard and a sandy bridge processor.

I get more fps then my friends 4gb gtx 670 because he's running the thing with a sandy bridge processor and a x79 motherboard which doesn't support pci 3.0.

Get a z77 motherboard, with an i5 3570k, a gtx 660 ti gpu and 8gb (4x2) or 16gb (8x2) ram.

The 660 ti slightly over clocked will get you more fps then the 670 and I have proof behind this. I've ran benchmarks against my friends 670s with my 660ti at 1100mhz. I got better results in every single one.

Also make sure the motherboard has pci 3.0 x16 and make sure your ram is dual channel because ivy bridge is best with dual channel ram.

Hope this helps.
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Don't listen to this guy. Get a decent single GPU and then save up some money for a Haswell and a better mobo (whenever those come out).Your motherboard is fine for a single card setup.
How'd you get a 2400 at 3.6?
Edited by Shimme - 8/26/12 at 12:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ckWL View Post

Currently running:
Intel i5 2400 @ 3.6
Gigabye Z68 Mobo
16GB Kingston Hyper X Blu
2 EVGA GTX 550 FPB's
XFX Pro 750w
Now I am wanting to do some upgrade but am wondering if I should go CPU or GPU first. I plan on getting a GTX 670 and was wondering how much it will bottleneck my current CPU and if I should get a new CPU first then GPU. I am looking into getting the i5 3570K. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I would go for the GPU, and no it will not bottleneck the i5 2400. I'm sure others will speak up if I am mistaken.
    
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Get the 670 and see what your framerates are. No matter what you do the 550s can go first. Platform upgrade later.
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Quote:
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You would need to get a new motherboard first. There is no point in getting a PCI 3.0 gpu with a z68 motherboard and a sandy bridge processor.

Utter nonsense.

OP: get your GPU you want. PCI is backwards compatible, and PCIe2.0 x16 was only JUST becoming bottlenecked by the largest multi-GPU setups. Even PCIe2.0 x8 would only lose you a couple percent of the total frames that PCIe3.0 would (say 94% performance compared to 100%). The difference, ESPECIALLY with a single GTX670, will be completely irrelevant and basically nonexistent.

A faster i5 2500k overclocked would net you a few more FPS (and min. frames) in certain circumstances no doubt, but your CPU will not bottleneck any single GPU. PERIOD.
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So do not fret if you are on a Sandy Bridge PCI Express 2.0 system, you aren't missing out on a bunch of performance compared to an Ivy Bridge PCI Express 3.0 system. Most of our readers will likely benefit from higher CPU overclocks on Sandy Bridge anyway if you are truly pushing the CPU clock and this alone will likely negate any "advantages" from PCIe 3.0 or Ivy Bridge IPC when it comes to real-world gaming scenarios. PCIe 3.0 is a great evolution, one day it may actually support a better gameplay experience compared to PCIe 2.0, but that day is not today.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/14
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