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My rig is just over a year old now. I've got an Intel i5 3450 and 2 XFX 7950's in crossfire.

When I was still in the process of buying parts, I spent hours and days reading posts on what processor to get for a serious gaming machine. Many, many posts and articles around said i7 xxxx for the best possible experience. I ended up going with a 3450 due to pricing, and planned on upgrading later to something more serious

After 12 months of use, however, I still get 60fps + in every single game I own. Battlefield 4 64 players, Metro last light, Skyrim, Crysis 3, everything. A lot of people say for a real serious gaming rig you should go with a high end processor, but really, it's simply not necessary outside of possibly longevity.

Just thought I'd post this for anyone in a similar position as I was. GPU's do 95% of the work. My older borther has an i7 900 something and he gets max frames a second in everything he plays with his MSI 7950. CPU just does not have that serious of an impact on gaming. now it bugs me when people tell me my cpu is bottlenecking my system tongue.gif It's technically true, but still irrelevant
post #2 of 7
You are right and wrong if a few of your points.
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My rig is just over a year old now. I've got an Intel i5 3450 and 2 XFX 7950's in crossfire.

When I was still in the process of buying parts, I spent hours and days reading posts on what processor to get for a serious gaming machine. Many, many posts and articles around said i7 xxxx for the best possible experience. I ended up going with a 3450 due to pricing, and planned on upgrading later to something more serious

Most people know that an i5 is the best bang for buck on the intel side. I don't know many people who suggest an i7 over an i5 just for gaming. Many people know that 2500k is still not bottlenecking modern games and is still a great contender when overclocked. It's also common knowledge on this site that just because you have more cores does not mean you will have a better gaming experience. There are very few games on the market that use more than 4 cores, in which an i7 or extreme processor would actually be helpful. Most games still use 2 cores.

After 12 months of use, however, I still get 60fps + in every single game I own. Battlefield 4 64 players, Metro last light, Skyrim, Crysis 3, everything. A lot of people say for a real serious gaming rig you should go with a high end processor, but really, it's simply not necessary outside of possibly longevity.
Well of course you do! You have Crossfire 7950s! Games are mostly GPU dependant except for some games like Starcraft 2, Crysis 3, etc.

Just thought I'd post this for anyone in a similar position as I was. GPU's do 95% of the work. My older borther has an i7 900 something and he gets max frames a second in everything he plays with his MSI 7950. CPU just does not have that serious of an impact on gaming. now it bugs me when people tell me my cpu is bottlenecking my system tongue.gif It's technically true, but still irrelevant
I assume you were just throwing a number out there, but CPUs do more than 5% of the work in games, otherwise gamers would still be running C2Ds. (Obviously not because bottlenecking GPUs but you get the point.) CPUs do have a serious impact on gaming, but not as much as a graphics card. That is dependent on the game, though. Some games are very, very CPU dependent. Mostly RTSs and crazy games like Crysis 3.
post #3 of 7
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My point was simply that in general quite a few people exaggerate a bit on the requirements of a game for a cpu. As long as you have enough graphical horsepower, you can get by just fin with a low-mid end cpu. Don't know where you'd start to see a performance loss but its hardly a determining factor in playability in most cases haha
post #4 of 7
For GPU dependant games you are correct, but there are CPU dependant games as I have already stated
post #5 of 7
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Yes but of all of the most processor dependent games I can think of run flawlessly on my setup; Crysis 3, Battlefield 3+4 online, Star Craft 2, Universe sandbox, etcetera. I cant see the fastest i7 being remotely necessary for anything I play over the cpu I already have. It would of course be faster, but as long as im able to play at the max framerates my monitor allows smoothly theres nothing to be gained from it. Even when I'm recording footage while on BF4 my frames still stay above 50. Just my thoughts.
post #6 of 7
everyone exaggerates, especially in the "e-world". Most will agree though that a good mid range CPU and GPU can go a long way. you play BL2 at all?
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not sure what bl2 is of by that you mean borderlands then yes i just got to ultimate vault hunter mode the my gunzerker
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