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Hey folks,

I just purchased a Samsung 27" monitor that runs at 1920x1080 and an EVGA GTX 670 FTW card. I am afraid that my i5 2400 is bottle necking my high end games like BF3. I am considering buying a higher end quad core so I can run my games maxed or almost maxed out. Would it be worth it going to a higher end i5 or an i7? I would be spending $200-$300 for the processor. Any opinions are very much appreciated. I'd rather not spend a bunch of money if its not worth it ya know? (:
post #2 of 69
Nothing at all, ur CPU is just fine for gaming
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with your current mobo, i would consider an i5 2500k or a 2600k and overclock it. i have found with Gigabyte z68's to overclock an ivy cpu you need the UEFI BIOS which i havernt heard great things about. atleast with a sandy you will be fine to overclock a K cpu with no probs on that mobo.
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BF3 is definitely not bottlenecked by your cpu,

I don't think I can make this any bigger for people who keep posting that a new cpu will make a difference..

http://goo.gl/bKmr5.
Scroll down to the second graph. an i3-2120 is keeping up with the big dogs.
And the first graph shows that a double overclock makes 1 fps difference...

Lol these people commenting have no idea what they're talking about..

Get yourself one of these, http://goo.gl/OCyFX, They're made by Dwood, here on overclock.net.
Also get a http://goo.gl/AMHqr.
And a 92mm fan, LIST: http://goo.gl/NE72s

And Overclock your 670 nicely.
That is, if you're confident in taking the stock cooler off your evga, and then putting this bad boy on there, I don't think it will void warranty either especially for EVGA, they encourage watercooling on their cards.

OR you can sell your 670 and buy a 680 or a 7970 ghz.

Anyways, your cpu is not a bottleneck at all..
Edited by Traphix - 2/10/13 at 1:19am
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post #5 of 69
It's definitely a bottleneck. You should look at this....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

The i5 3570K is on sale right now and would give you a much needed boost in performance.

i7 is not worth it unless your going to be doing stuff like encoding/rendering things like that.
For gaming an i5 is perfect. Even at stock clocks
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post #6 of 69
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Woah, thanks for all the quick replies guys. Sounds like if I do upgrade an i5 is a better fit for gaming.
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No, keep your money. You already have a 4 core intel and the games that benefit from overclocking are few and far between. For example i play wow and from 3.3 to 4.5 i only gain 1-3 FPS.

Your system should be able to play every game on the market at max settings, if this is not happening its a software issue (drivers etc).
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post #8 of 69
Yeah your cpu bottleneck. BF3 multiplayer is high cpu demanding
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post #9 of 69
Personal experience tells me it does help FPS with a faster/overclocked CPU
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Originally Posted by Traphix View Post

BF3 is definitely not bottlenecked by your cpu,

I don't think I can make this any bigger for people who keep posting that a new cpu will make a difference..

http://goo.gl/bKmr5.
Scroll down to the second graph. an i3-2120 is keeping up with the big dogs.
And the first graph shows that a double overclock makes 1 fps difference...

Lol these people commenting have no idea what they're talking about..

Get yourself one of these, http://goo.gl/OCyFX, They're made by Dwood, here on overclock.net.
Also get a http://goo.gl/AMHqr.
And a 92mm fan, LIST: http://goo.gl/NE72s

And Overclock your 670 nicely.

OR you can sell your 670 and buy a 680 or a 7970 ghz.

That is, if you're confident in taking the stock cooler off your evga, and then putting this bad boy on there, I don't think it will void warranty either especially for EVGA, they encourage watercooling on their cards.

Anyways, your cpu is not a bottleneck at all..

uhm, no. you don't know what you are talking about. the gtx 670 is more than good enough for BF3, a 3.1 ghz i5 2400 is not.
my gtx 580 can max out BF3 with an average of 70fps.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 2/10/13 at 1:24am
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