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Pairing CPU, GPU and Motherboard

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I'm really confused about one thing, How do I pair a CPU with a GPU so there is no (well close to) bottlenecking so I get the best performance. Also with the motherboard, how do I pick that? I know they have different features but how would I know which one is best for the CPU and GPU I could be picking? 

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Generally speaking a recent i5 of higher wont bottleneck any cards. Just dont spend $50 on a CPU and $800 on a GPU

 

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i5 and above cpus to high end gpus and same goes for mid range and low end. or pick a cpu or gpu u want and we tell you what cpu or gpu is optimal to go with it

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Firstly the motherboard has to have the same socket type as the cpu and any gpu should work (as long as it's the right pci type) you just want to choose a gpu and cpu that will be able to handle what you are going to be using them for with one of the average gpus and cpus for gamers (according to nzxt) being the fx-8350 and a gtx 970 and the average motherboard type being atx. But just don't go cheap on either the cpu or gpu.

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Firstly the motherboard has to have the same socket type as the cpu and any gpu should work (as long as it's the right pci type) you just want to choose a gpu and cpu that will be able to handle what you are going to be using them for with one of the average gpus and cpus for gamers (according to nzxt) being the fx-8350 and a gtx 970 and the average motherboard type being atx. But just don't go cheap on either the cpu or gpu.

The 8350 isn't the best CPU for gaming and the 970 is surpassed by the 390 in most games :P Just saying.

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Firstly the motherboard has to have the same socket type as the cpu and any gpu should work (as long as it's the right pci type) you just want to choose a gpu and cpu that will be able to handle what you are going to be using them for with one of the average gpus and cpus for gamers (according to nzxt) being the fx-8350 and a gtx 970 and the average motherboard type being atx. But just don't go cheap on either the cpu or gpu.

 

 

The 8350 isn't the best CPU for gaming and the 970 is surpassed by the 390 in most games :P Just saying.

 

 

Generally speaking a recent i5 of higher wont bottleneck any cards. Just dont spend $50 on a CPU and $800 on a GPU

 

 

i5 and above cpus to high end gpus and same goes for mid range and low end. or pick a cpu or gpu u want and we tell you what cpu or gpu is optimal to go with it

 

Thanks for all the tips guys :D Just one more question, does the motherboard require a lot of cooling? Anyways if i'm going to build a PC I might go with i5 4690k (I heard it is very good and you can OC it) And as for GPU Asus Strix GTX 970, cos that's quiet and I'm hoping that this PC will be quiet.

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Thanks for all the tips guys :D Just one more question, does the motherboard require a lot of cooling? Anyways if i'm going to build a PC I might go with i5 4690k (I heard it is very good and you can OC it) And as for GPU Asus Strix GTX 970, cos that's quiet and I'm hoping that this PC will be quiet.

CPU good change GPU to R9 390 from anyone except Asus and Gigabyte.

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Thanks for all the tips guys  :D Just one more question, does the motherboard require a lot of cooling? Anyways if i'm going to build a PC I might go with i5 4690k (I heard it is very good and you can OC it) And as for GPU Asus Strix GTX 970, cos that's quiet and I'm hoping that this PC will be quiet.

For cooling your cpu I'd recommend not using the stock cooler but either buying a good non-stock fan cooler or water cooling seeing as you can easily damage a cpu if you overclock it on the stock cooler but all you need is decent airflow for the case which can usually be achieved using the fans supplied with the case.

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For cooling your cpu I'd recommend not using the stock cooler but either buying a good non-stock fan cooler or water cooling seeing as you can easily damage a cpu if you overclock it on the stock cooler but all you need is decent airflow for the case which can usually be achieved using the fans supplied with the case.

 

 

 

No the motherboard does not need its own cooling.

 

4690K with a 970 is fine. You will need a Z97 chipset motherboard to overclock.

 

If you like silence I can suggest the 970 Strix from Asus.

 

 

CPU good change GPU to R9 390 from anyone except Asus and Gigabyte.

 

Thanks for all the help! :D

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