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R9 390 + i3 4160?


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#1 errorx777

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:19 PM

I know an i5 would be ideal. BUT, could an i3 4160 still handle an r9 390 8gb gddr5 gpu? Would i really notice any studder or bottleneck problems?

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:27 PM

What games?
What resolution?
More details, please.

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:39 PM

Games of all types really, Gta V, the witcher games, fallout 4, battlefield 4, possibly some new pc games when they come out (like the new battlefield 1), im not really looking for 4k gaming. As long as its good old 1080p im happy. And as for resolution, usually 1024 x 768. But i may hook up to my 32 inch hdtv time to time instead of my dvi monitor. So the resolution may vary from 1024x768 to something pretty high.

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:42 PM

I would spring for an i5. Little more expensive but will be more future proof/ resistant. R9 390 is a good choice but only if you have a beefy 600W+ Power supply.

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:46 PM

Ohh. I have a thermaltake 550w psu with two 6+2 pins ( i bought it because i figured i wouldnt need to go higher in wattage, and the 6+2 pins would come in handy for future gpu upgrades. Well, lets say i plan to upgrade the cpu to an i5. Could i still use the i3 with a r9 390 for the time being?

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:51 PM

I should probably mention that im going with the r9 390 because ive outgrown my gtx 750ti 2gb sc. I see the r9 390 comes with 8gb instead of 2gb like the 750ti. Plus its dx12 capable. Just making my current rig last a little longer in the world of gaming without completely going to skylake. Moneys kinda tight at the moment so was hoping the i3 could handle the r9 390. I considered a gtx 970 but i figured since it still only had 4gb as compared to 8gb in the r9 390, id be better off.

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:34 AM

I would go with the 970 unless you want to upgrade your psu. Even if it is a 4GB card you're only running games at 1080p so 8gb is way more than you need.

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:59 AM

I see. Looks like the 970 shal be my new friend then ;). Will the i3 handle the 970 while i save up for the i5?

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 08:41 AM

I see. Looks like the 970 shal be my new friend then ;). Will the i3 handle the 970 while i save up for the i5?

 

GTX970 is using 4 year old (that's forever) manufacturing process, has poor DX12 support, is only 3.5GB card and AMD Polaris 10 is around corner, not much reasons to buy it. Wait for Polaris 10 that comes in about month or so and is MUCH better.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 02:27 PM

 

 

I see. Looks like the 970 shal be my new friend then ;). Will the i3 handle the 970 while i save up for the i5?

Yes. It's not really about if the i3 can handle the 970 but if it is bottlenecking the 970, which depends on the games you play.


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 07:22 AM

Yes, thats what i meant. Thank you for the help!




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