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Will a Amd Athlon x4 860k Bottle neck a R9 280x?

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Hi i'm building my first desktop, its very budgeted and i barely got a r9 280x for $100 used, but i'm worried about the Athlon x4 860k bottle necking its power, i would upgrade to a fx 6300 but the price shot up and i have only under 10 days left to make a decision on what to buy. can anyone tell if the Athlon will bottle neck my gpu and if so, how bad? can i just over clock it and fix the bottle necking issue?

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For the most part it will fine, but it will in certain games (MMO, RTS)

 

Currently have an 860K OC'ed to 4.4 GHz and a 7950 (R9 280) and I get bottle-necked badly in certain zones in MMOs. AAA games (Just Cause, Witcher, FO4) will see some bottlenecks as well.

 

Your best bet would be to OC it. The 6300 wouldn't be much of an improvement.

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Yea, relatively bad actually. I've got an A8-5600k which seems pretty similar (obviously a bit slower) and a 280x, when the CPU is at 100% usage the GPU is at around 60% :/

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It can bottleneck in some cases but most of its performance in that case should still be utilized. 


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Yea, relatively bad actually. I've got an A8-5600k which seems pretty similar (obviously a bit slower) and a 280x, when the CPU is at 100% usage the GPU is at around 60% :/

5600K is significantly slower actually. 860K is the 7850K w/o the iGPU.

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Kyle did a build that had a 280X and 860k if I remember correctly, they seemed like a very capable pair that bounced back and forth from maxing out the CPU to maxing out the GPU going from benchmark to benchmark, the majority of the time the GPU was being fully utalized so it will be fine.

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Are there any cpu's that about the same price that won't bottle neck it that bad, or if i want to upgrade will i just have to shell out the extra crash for a 6300?

If you're just gaming, I'd say an i3 4150 as it pairs with the 280x absolutely perfectly, really.

If you need a bit of editing on the side, yeah a 6300 is good.

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On 12/10/2015 at 9:08 PM, Lolzious said:

Yea, relatively bad actually. I've got an A8-5600k which seems pretty similar (obviously a bit slower) and a 280x, when the CPU is at 100% usage the GPU is at around 60% :/

Athlon does fine with the R9 280x...


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