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i7-870 and r9 280x

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Hi.

I am finally planning to upgrade my q6600 and radeon 5850 smile.gif.

My friend currently gave me his i7-870. I plan to build the following computer:

CPU: i7-870 LGA1156
Motherboard: Asus Maximus 3 Gene
Ram: Some DDR3 ram? (Any recommendations?)
Video Card: Asus R9 280x Direct CU II
HDD: Intel 520 SSD and WD Black
Case: Fractal Mini
PSU: Corsair HX650w

My question to the community is would the i7-870 bottleneck the r9 280x at all?

Thanks
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Hi.

I am finally planning to upgrade my q6600 and radeon 5850 smile.gif.

My friend currently gave me his i7-870. I plan to build the following computer:

CPU: i7-870 LGA1156
Motherboard: Asus Maximus 3 Gene
Ram: Some DDR3 ram? (Any recommendations?)
Video Card: Asus R9 280x Direct CU II
HDD: Intel 520 SSD and WD Black
Case: Fractal Mini
PSU: Corsair HX650w

My question to the community is would the i7-870 bottleneck the r9 280x at all?

Thanks

If you overclock the snot out of it no.

As far as ram goes... not really a big deal the controller on your board really wasn't made to run super high speeds so any 1866 is probably going to be that max you can do. However I would stick to 1600MHz while your finding your CPUs stable OC.
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So it won't be worth going this route if I do not plan to overclock it? how is the i7-870 in terms of OC?

I currently have the q6600 OC'ed to 3.2ghz. I'm sure the radeon 280x will bottleneck the hell out of it though. Is there a huge difference between the q6600 and the i7-870?

My other plan was either the i7-3770k or the new haswell 4770k.. but would rather save the $350 biggrin.gif since I have a i7-870 already.

Any thoughts?
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I have an 870 overclocked to 4.0 with HT on and it performs flawlessly. I don't plan on upgrading my cpu until Haswell E and DDR4 drop. I still get the performance of a 3770k and can run all the games I play on max settings no problem. I am currently using an overclocked 7950 as well and possibly considering buying a second one I play alot of the newer titles like Battlefield 4/Crysis 3/ Call of Duty Ghosts with no bottleneck. Stick with the 870 if you have it already just get a good cooler like the Noctua D14 for overclocking. Upgrade when its really worth it and put the money you save towards an SSD or an awesome video card.



check out my link if you need some help with the overclock you should be able to at least get a 3.8 out of it with decent cooling.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1390320/just-got-my-i7-870-2-93-overclocked-to-3-8-ht-on/10
Edited by danycyo - 11/25/13 at 1:26am
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