Will intel core i3 3240 bottleneck the gtx 760, on cod ghosts?

By Cyborkid · 5 replies
Jul 8, 2014
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  1. I'm kind of obsessed with fps on my games and on wow with vertical sync I get steady 60fps but sometimes it goes to 58 and when goldshire is packed it goes to like 52 when theres alot of people.

    I've ordered the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge), will games be much better with this upgrade?

    I also got 8gb of ram, azrock z77 extreme 4 mobo. corsair 500w power supply, need to upgrade that too for overclocking.

    right now im running cod ghosts well enough for it not to affect my gameplay (probably), but I'm aiming for constant 60fps so my pc beats ps4 and xbone I sold my ps4

    graphics card is this one http://www.kfa2.com/760_hof.shtml I think it's best 760 on the market, massive card and seems like it has nice overclocking capabilities, but I cant overclock because of my powersupply.

    maybe my powersupply could be bottlenecking even without overclock? I'm having suspicious thoughts that my mobo is a bit disfunctional cuz when I swap ram slot and put 1 4gb stick of ram on A1 slot and the other one in B1 my pc wont start initial boot process.

    overall im happy with my new system tbh

    Here is my system specs:

    KFA2 GeForce GTX 760 HOF 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (76NPH6DT8KXZ) £179.99 1 £179.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £70.79 1 £70.79
    Intel Core i3-3240 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £66.66 1 £66.66
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX) £49.99 1 £49.99
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache WD10EZEX - OEM ** Single Platter ** HDD £44.16 1 £44.16
    Corsair Builder Series CX 500w Modular '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply (CP-9020059-UK) £41.66 1 £41.66
    Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Case - Black (CC-9011023-WW) £33.29 1 £33.29
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler £22.49 1 £22.49
    Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound £7.49 1 £7.49
    NVIDIA PROMOTION: WATCHDOGS Special Edition PC Game - Email Download (View your codes here) £0.00 1 £0.00
    DHL Worldwide Express: £161.22
    VAT: £0.00
    Order Total: £677.74

    Thanks guys,

    I don't pay VaT where I live but since this is like one of the only sites that ship to where im from the shipping goes up so it's nearly same price as if I were to pay vat with no shipping

    Just seen a review on my psu, someones complaining that it pulls back gpus or something

    AvoidFirstly, not to complain about OCuk (they've already replaced my first unit no questions asked).

    Currently on my second CX500M (soon to be third - and hopefully different PSU). This particular model seems to suffer horrendously with coil whine under GPU loading. Incredibly disappointed with Corsair quality control. The unit buzzes when the machine is turned off and really ramps up to varying frequencies and amplitudes under gaming loads.

    Avoid at all costs. If like me your stuck with a size constraint of 150mm thro' case restrictions then really do look elsewhere.
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  2. Cyborkid

    Cyborkid TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 29

  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Short Answer, no it will not.

    The 3570k you ordered will improve things but it will not be a night and day difference. Though having the extra threads will be much better for the future.
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  4. Cyborkid

    Cyborkid TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Is my powersupply affecting my gameplay experience? can't overclock gpu and in one of the reviews it says its not letting graphics card do its job optimally. what should I do to have current gen games maxed out and steady 60fps? like ghosts or watchdogs, I got em both
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    I find this hard to believe when the card only needs 160W's for itself. But Guru3D recommends 550W.
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    You should be fine, a torture test on a reference model is 160watts and then the i5 about ~160 watts torture tested not including overclocking. That together is just 320 watts and even including all the other components in the system it would be around 350watts. You could overclock to the max on the i5 and even on the GTX 760 and still be able to run the system so that should not be the issue since according to bitech at 5ghz the CPU got up to 267 watts. I would say you may run close if you punch both to the max on overclocking so I would just say push the CPU as much as your temps allow and then just lightly on the GPU if you plan on clocking.

    But the PSU should not be a bottleneck in this setup.

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