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hey guys,

i currently have a D 840 and 3 ENGTX 470s... i am going to upgrade to either sandy bridge or ivy bridge once it comes out... but for now i have a curious question because i don't want my old 780i to go to waste... what would you guess is the lowest 775 CPU that will not bottleneck a single ENGTX 470

Thanks in advance

EDIT: this will not be my main rig... i will upgrade the 775 processor after i finish my sandybridge build so that i have a nice LAN rig
Edited by eskamobob1 - 4/12/11 at 9:17am
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A Q6600/Q9450/Q9550/Q9650 overclocked to 3.20GHz+. 3.60GHz ideally.
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For your resolution I agree with Code Geass, a Q6600 would probably be as low as you'd want to go.
    
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post #5 of 17
You could also probably get away with an E8400 or something of the like overclocked to 4GHz.
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You could also probably get away with an E8400 or something of the like overclocked to 4GHz.
Even an E8400 @ 4Ghz will struggle to push that GPU. I have used an E8400 @ 4.185Ghz and a GTX560. My Q6700 clocked at 3.24Ghz could load my GPU more.

I suggest any Quad that can OC above 3.2Ghz.
    
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hey guys,

i currently have a D 840 and 3 ENGTX 470s... i am going to upgrade to either sandy bridge or ivy bridge once it comes out... but for now i have a curious question because i don't want my old 780i to go to waste... what would you guess is the lowest 775 CPU that will not bottleneck a single ENGTX 470

Thanks in advance
well in what games?
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Phenom II 555 @ 4GHz would be the lowest I'd go. I'm running the same thing, 550, at 3.8GHz and I only notice the lesser performance on CPU intensive games.
     
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post #9 of 17
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my currently most demanding game is oblivion that is modded to be more intensive than metro... but i plan for this to mainly be a lan rig and just a back up machine... the most intensive game it will probably run is a basic MMO like GW2 or LoL... i just feel it would be a shame to leave one of these running off of a 6 year old CPU
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post #10 of 17
I would say a C2Q, either 9550 or 9650.

Even then some games will put enough stress on the cpu/gpu that the gpu usage will drop to keep up with the cpu... Maybe not the ones you mention...

Depending on your budget tho really, if its just to hold you over til.... Get one of the two above, or get an E8x00 that will clock to 4.0 or better..
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