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Old February 14, 2013, 08:57 AM
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I've got one machine with an X4 965 an another with an i7, both overclocked moderately and fit with GTX 680s, and although the AMD machine is definitely slower I wouldn't assume it's because the GPU is too much for the processor as much as it's just simply a slower CPU that gets less performance in CPU intensive games. That being said, the CPU hasn't felt like too much of a hindrance in most games except when it comes to stuff that's extremely CPU heavy, but there's definitely a difference when moving to a high end chip. Obviously a top of the line CPU is optimal, but in my experience the X4 965 has been ok for gaming if you give it a decent OC.

I ran a couple tests for you with Batman: AC at 1080p, High settings, 4X MSAA, No PhysX:

Core i7 3960X, GTX 680 2GB:
Min: 20, Max: 137, Avg: 101
(edit: posted wrong numbers a second ago. Thought those looked off.)

Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.8Ghz, GTX 680 2GB:
Min: 24, Max: 130, Avg: 82

The difference might be less pronounced with a card like the 7850, and will most certainly be less between a 965 and a more middle of the road upgrade like an FX-8350. I'm generally a fan of Intel CPUs, but considering how cheap the 965 is with a decent mainboard and ram I have not been dissappointed with it for my office machine that sees some occassional gaming.
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