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Is there a bottleneck in this build
Phenom 965 @ 4Ghz
EVGA GTX 760
ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard
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Edited by Tronic707x - 9/3/13 at 3:33pm
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Bottleneck for what? For one, I dont see an ssd. 4GB of ram is too low for gaming, and your processor is kinda weak for today's age. The 760 is nice though. smile.gif
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Thanks i do have an ocz vertex ssd i edited it and i probly should get 1 stick of ram for better overclocking what processor should i get then thats around same price ish? and should i get a new motherboard or not this one seems alright
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Originally Posted by jameyscott View Post

Bottleneck for what? For one, I dont see an ssd. 4GB of ram is too low for gaming, and your processor is kinda weak for today's age. The 760 is nice though. smile.gif

Since when did memory capacity equal speed? And since when did a game take up all 4GB of RAM? Sure, 4 GB isn't all that much in today's computing, maybe even day to day basis, but that is by no means a gaming's issue. I'm not here to flame, but just trying to clear up misconception. thumb.gif

As for OP, why are you asking? Are you feeling lag/performance drop where you think you shouldn't see/feel? Otherwise, it is rather hard for modern hardware to hard bottleneck each other. Remember there are always parts newer and better than others, and may perform slightly (as in, less than 10% in terms of frames) when paired with much higher end or optimized hardware, but that does not mean the so called overrated term "bottleneck" applies, as everything is being utilized properly. redface.gif

I'm guessing you're asking and using the term "bottleneck" in hope that replacing one part or adding one part to your system could make a huge or dramatic difference. But as yourself have mentioned, an SSD is on the way, and you have a decent GPU, and not a completely outdated CPU to run it. I think, there are no problems, but maybe upgrade you RAM's in terms of maybe both capacity and speed, since the current RAM speed is not listed.
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Ok thanks i currently use a GT 640 and want a gtx 760 il probably upgrade ram to a 1 8gb slot and you think i should get a FX processor or not?
Just running stalker games i see lots of lag spikes on basic graphics and i have an ssd already
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The RAM is the only thing that I would be suspicious of. Besides that, I'd call the build okay. Perhaps something such as 4x2 Corsair Vengeance Good luck, Have fun.
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Does anyone know for fact that an M5A97 EVO 970 SB can use a 8GB RAM in one slot cause i cant see where it sais you can
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post #8 of 34
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Does anyone know for fact that an M5A97 EVO 970 SB can use a 8GB RAM in one slot cause i cant see where it sais you can

In the specs from Asus (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_EVO/#specifications) it says your board supports 32GB max. That is 4x8GB max, or anywhere between 1 and 32GB using 1, 2, 4, or 8GB DIMMs.
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post #9 of 34
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Does anyone know for fact that an M5A97 EVO 970 SB can use a 8GB RAM in one slot cause i cant see where it sais you can

Yes, It can. It has dual channel memory, which means that the DIMMS are divided into two sections. You will be okay. however, RAM in DIMM 1 and 3 would be optimal.
post #10 of 34
In truth, SSDs really have nothing to do with spikes as much as other hardware. Its main job is to load the games and subsequent data quicker.

I think, again, to use another dirty term, "futureproof", if you don't plan on upgrading a lot in the next few years, I would sya yes, go FX with AMD or go the Intel route, whatever pleases you, to squeeze a few more years out of that purchase. Get an FX 8320 or 6300 with compatible motherboard, of course, and call it a day.

I'm GUESSING you game at 1080p? If so, the 760 would be a dream for that, performance and price point and new-ness wise. Current alternative is AMD's Radeon HD 7950, which is as of now at a similar price point. Unless you want to "wait" for AMD's 9xxx line to be announced in October.

As for the RAM, I'm sure whatever motherboard you choose would support dual channel memory, so take advantage of that and go 2x4GB instead of 1x8GB as you mentioned.

Since it's starting to sound like a build plan as opposed to an existing rig, could you list your budget and what resolution do you plan to game at, and what parts do you already have and plan on keeping?

(Also, I think this thread is in the wrong part of the forum. Maybe mods can kindly move it?)
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