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I am planning to 'Download' my sig rig, I just never use the i7 to its full capacity and i am a bit short of money (Student!!)

So Will an I3 bee good enough for another year? (September 2011 will be next UPgrade - probably IVY)

Will it bottleneck a GTX570?
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An i3 overclocked to 4.0-4.2GHz will serve you well for a couple more years I'd say. It shouldn't bottleneck a GTX570 if you play at high resolutions with all the eye candy turned up.

However, seeing as you have an X58 board, you can't downgrade to an i3 without getting a new 1156 motherboard.
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It'll be just fine. Here are my scores with SLI'd 470's and the i3 at 4.3ghz...



    
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It'll be just like using a normal Dual Core, meaning loss of performance in the frequent console-ports these days.

I would not buy a dual core for gaming, even if it has hyperthreading because games generally don't like to use HTs.
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Your current i7 will suit you just fine. It's got years still left in it.
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Originally Posted by OverTheBelow View Post
It'll be just like using a normal Dual Core, meaning loss of performance in the frequent console-ports these days.

I would not buy a dual core for gaming, even if it has hyperthreading because games generally don't like to use HTs.
That's actually not at all true...

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ght-would.html
    
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post #7 of 24
I run my i3 @ 4.6Ghz and it games like a beast. Only dropped about 20-25fps going from my i5 750 @ 4.5Ghz in BFBC2 which is very CPU dependant. The game runs smooooth as a babys bum.
    
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post #8 of 24
An i3 overclocked to 4+ Ghz will play just about all modern games at smooth (40+) FPS. It might bottleneck your 570 in some few games (depending on how CPU-dependant they are) but not most.
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The GTA4 benchmark tool is broken and inconsistent.
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post #10 of 24
Yeah, an i3 is good enough for gaming but you will have to buy a new motherboard.

I guess the its all down to power consumption, so why not put your i7 back at stock (or put it at say, 2GHz)- that will help with your power bill. Be sure to keep the voltages as low as possible.

But the main culprit is that graphics card. Why not sell your 470 and get a 460.Failing that, you could always under clock it.

Hope this helps.
    
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