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Should i upgrade i3 2100 if i install an r9 280x?

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Just wondering if i will encounter major bottlenecks with my CPU, and if a more viable upgrade would be a new cpu + cheaper gfx card, or if 2100 will be ok with the 280x.

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Yes, you'll bottleneck it hard, according to these tests, even a 5870 is heavily bottlenecked by the i3 2100.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/07/01/intel-core-i3-2100-review/6

And even more in games with higher CPU load.

Edit:
Couple more tests...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20
Edited by DMHernandez - 11/20/13 at 1:41pm
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Hmm, it does seem to vary, not sure if cheaping out on gpu would give me more fps than running a bottlenecked setup :/
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Originally Posted by Magic Melon View Post

Hmm, it does seem to vary, not sure if cheaping out on gpu would give me more fps than running a bottlenecked setup :/
Its not that a cheaper GPU will give you more fps It is the fact that the more expensive GPU would be a waste, because it won't be used to its full potential. You putting a very nice GPU with that i3 is like putting a Bugatti engine on a bicycle. It will work, but it wont run any faster than the bike was meant to run. BUT If you paired a small engine with the bike, it will run at the same speed as with the Bugatti engine because it will be under 100% utilization. thumb.gif
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Ok, so would the best option would be to buy the gfx card, and make sure i upgrade to maybe..i5 3570 in the near future?

Or just buy sayy.. 260x/270?
Edited by Magic Melon - 11/20/13 at 2:22pm
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Do whatever you wish, though if you do upgrade that CPU, try to get the i5 3570k (unlocked processor) If you are in the US, they are having a sale at micro center on this processor for $150!
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