How CPU-limited am I with an i5-2500k @ 4Ghz?

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  1. AmongTheChosenX

    AmongTheChosenX [H]ardness Supreme

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    Older rig, its a Biostar Z77 board with an i5-2500k OC'd to 4ghz with a basic aftermarket Cooler Master 120mm fan cooler.

    Lets say I put a GTX960 in this puppy... How CPU-limited am I with Fortnite. Rocket League, etc?
     
  2. psy81

    psy81 Limp Gawd

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    I think you should be okay... a GTX 960 is comparable to a GTX 770 or GTX 680... I think when the 2500k came out the GTX 680s were top of the line.
     
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  3. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    you could probably go up another level to the 1050Ti or 1060 if you wanted and still be ok. Might be slightly CPU limited depending on your resolution, but you'll still have better framerates with a slightly newer card.
     
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    AmongTheChosenX [H]ardness Supreme

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    That's what I thought. I'm running a Radeon 7850 that is pretty worthless at this point. Good chance I'll be able to acquire a GTX960 at a solid deal (very cheap), just wanted to see if I should consider upgrading the rest of the rig but honestly I don't think it needs it at this point.
     
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    You should be fine in those 2 games with that combo. I went from a 1200/6350 GTX 670 2GB, to a 1454/7900 GTX 960 4GB. The 670 tends to be faster in some things but struggles due to having only 2GB of VRAM, so they both are about equal in performance. Make sure you OC the VRAM as high as you can since the 960 is rather limited by it's 128bit bus.

    Either way, the 960 will walk all over your 7850 and even more so OC'ed. Also I would OC that 2500K to at least 4.4GHz. Should be doable with that chip and cooler.
    I don't think you will see a bottleneck @ 4GHz unless your shooting for 120FPS. Now other games that are more thread intensive might hurt you some do to the fact of only having 4 threads to play with. With my rig in sig, the 960 is actually bottlenecking my 2600K @ 1080p/120Hz. ;)
     
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    The 960 wasn't bottlenecked by my old i5-750, so you'll be fine ;)
     
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    I use a vega 56 with a stock 2600K. Been fine for me. I play at 1440p in Rocket league.
     
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    What's your budget? Get the baddest GPU you can within your budget and you'll be happy.

    I've got a 1080 with a 2500k @ 4.3. Yeah, I'm CPU limited in some games. And? I spent 450. There's no other way I could have spent the same money to get this much performance.
     
  9. fullvietFX

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    No I had a 580 with my 2600K.
     
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    Yeah I had a GTX 570 with mine. The 680 was launched a little over a year after Sandy launched.
     
  11. horrorshow

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    Honestly, I'd look into a 2600k in the F/S section.

    Those extra threads really help these days.

    I've got one en-route for $73 shipped.

    EDIT: Also OP, overclock your 960. Here's a quick n dirty OC: max out the power limit, set the clock speed to 1450 and the RAM to 7800. (if you have issues, downclock the RAM to 7700)
     
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    I've got a friend with a 4690k at 4.2 and he's holding back his 580 8gb very much.
     
  13. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    I have a friend in CO with a vanilla 4690 and a 1080 Ti....

    I COULD NOT convince him otherwise. smdh
     
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    For what it’s worth


    4770K @ 4.2ghz for 4 years solid now, flawless in combination with my 1080Ti @ 1440p
     
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    admiralperpetual Limp Gawd

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    it's true. I went from i5 to i7 and after years of believing hyperthreading/more threads vs cores doesn't matter I was surprised how much less stutter there is.
     
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    {NG}Fidel [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ouch holy fuck.
    My friend at least understands he's limited. He's even on h97 instead of z97. Made clocking this thing difficult.
     
  17. horrorshow

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    I told him to get a 1070.... I f-in' told him.

    (all he plays is PUBG and Starcraft II)
     
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    My friend is trying to play bfv, pubg, and day z.
    Day z runs fine but i doubt those devs have decent multi threading.
    Pubg is a mess. 60fps and then random stutter as the CPU gets overloaded.
    Bfv runs better than expected in dx12 mode but still has some stutter.
    I actually had to downgrade the bios to the asrock h97 over clocking bios just to get him to that level of playability.
     
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    Still using Sandy Bridge EP. My 3970X is currently at 4.4Ghz and everything works fantastic. Games like Battlefield really like the extra cores and threads though.
     
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  20. AmongTheChosenX

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    So now I may have an opportunity to get two of these cards for next to nothing...

    Only problem now is my motherboard doesn't support SLi... Biostart TZ77A.

    Do I try to upgrade the board or do I start looking for a new combo?
     
  21. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    SLI'ing GTX 960's?

    Not worth it.

    I'd try and find a used GTX 980 instead.

    (I had a GTX 960, and recently upgraded to a 980 Ti.... so trust me)
     
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    OK so the point I was making here is that the cards are basically crazy cheap
     
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  23. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    It's not worth replacing your motherboard over IMO.
     
  24. Araxie

    Araxie [H]ardness Supreme

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    then sell both GPUs and buy something better.. in the GTX 980 - 980Ti range..
     
  25. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    Turning graphics down generally helps much more than throwing more cores at it.
     
  26. Araxie

    Araxie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Wrong... just plain wrong.
     
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  27. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    No it's not wrong.
     
  28. SvenBent

    SvenBent 2[H]4U

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    entirely based on what softwar you are running

    7-zip 100% cpu bottlenecked
    AAA gamer in 8k 16xSSAA with 2005DSR not at all

    If someone ia answersng you on what is the bottleneck purely based on hardware... they have no clue about what a bottleneck is
     
  29. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    Seems like he answered that in the OP.
     
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  30. SvenBent

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    Read Twice post once... got it :D
     
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