Core i7 870 Bottleneck with GTX 670?

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  1. mbushnaq00

    mbushnaq00 Master Guru

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    I am planning to upgrade my current rig (<< Specs) with a Nvidia GTX 670 and bump the ram to 16GB, in addition to getting a new case.

    Do you guys think the Core i7 870 that I currently have will cause issues in the future maybe like limiting the full potential of the 670? Also are the motherboard specs fine or do I have to upgrade that too?

    Appreciate your suggestions
     
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  2. signex

    signex Ancient Guru

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    Don't think you need to upgrade your CPU. Just overclock it big time.
     
  3. mbushnaq00

    mbushnaq00 Master Guru

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    Then I just need to change the stock intel fans and overclock, and I would be fine?
     
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    It would help alot, and decrease the bottleneck. But that's what i would do...

    Maybe other gurus here have better ideas or suggestions.
     

  5. krpetrov

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    Just do some overclock and you will be fine!
     
  6. ---TK---

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    4ghz or higher will do it justice. get a good hsf
     
  7. DF-1

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    should be fine, overclock if you can like others said.
     
  8. lehtv

    lehtv Ancient Guru

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    I agree with the aforementioned posteriors.
     
  9. Agent-A01

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    do you even know what a posterior is? lol
     
  10. mbushnaq00

    mbushnaq00 Master Guru

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    thanks for the suggestions, so which is the best CPU cooler do you guys recommend?

    Also, I am new to overclocking, so if I use the ASUS TurboV EVO OC software would it be fine? As far as I know, this software is hardware overclocking and I believe there is a chip which helps determine the maximum clock that my pc can reach.
     

  11. kanej2007

    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    There are too many coolers to list!

    Here is a list of recommended coolers, any would do a great job at cooling:

    1 - Noctua NH-D14
    2 - Corsair H70
    3 - Spire Thermax Eclipse II
    4 - Thermalright Silver Arrow
    5 - Thermaltake Frio Ock Edition

    Oh yeah, I'm with the other gurus on overclocking. Once you get your fancy cooler, overclock to 3.8Ghz or higher, as much as you can get without using too many volts as it will increase temps & decrease lifespan.

    Let us know what you get.
     
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    4ghz oc will eliminate or at least lessen any bottleneck and should hold you over till Haswell is out... that’s my plan as I’m fighting off the up-grade itch.

    Most of the best coolers have been mentioned above and should fit in the Gigabyte GZ-X6 (if you’re still using that case) but you may want to check the coolers height first just to make sure.

    Google around for bios settings guides for real overclocking, don’t bother with the software or push button overclocking as it usually over volts the crap out the hardware... best to tweak it yourself.

    With i5 equivalent of your chip at 4ghz and a 580, I don’t have any issues with bottlenecks.
     
  14. Varlis

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    Dude stick with it and OC to 4GHz.

    I am sitting on a e8400 @4Ghz and also have the 670. I am also fighting off the urge to upgrade now. Your CPU is much much faster than mine and you really should not worry. (I am most definitely sitting on a bottleneck here, but it is still doable)

    Dont spend too much on the cooler though, the suggested coolers will cost you over 60 bucks.

    I'd rather get a cheaper option (HR-02 Macho for example? 30 bucks), will also get the job done. I am not a big fan of the CM Hyper 212, but should probably also be ok and is also 30$ or so.

    If you wanna get one of the premuim coolers, get the Noctua. (and dont throw away the current cooler).
    Noctua usually issue new adapters to new sockets and you might be able to reuse for Haswell (no guarantees of course, but better chance than with the others)
     
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  15. mikeysg

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    Bah, you've got nothing to worry about as long as you can get a decent OC on that CPU. Heck, I'm running a GTX670 OC Ed on an FX8120 @3.7ghz for Chrissakes, so far, ain't no game cannot be run at max setting, the CPU is slow compared to an i5 2500K/3570K and above, but still gets the job done.
     

  16. ground_zero298

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    I'll also throw a vote in to OC and add Noctua.
     
  17. maddy2012

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    definitely OC it, i get major stuttering at stock speeds in BF3, once i OC to 4ghz it runs butter smooth.
     
  18. mbushnaq00

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    OC it is!! Thanks for the suggestions... you guys saved me money from buying a new processor
     
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    Of course I do ^^
     
  20. Agent-A01

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    since youre using it as a noun, the only definition for posterior is a persons "ass"
     

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