Will an i5 6500 bottleneck a gtx 1080?

gazp

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Hi!
My specs are:

PSU: XFX TS 550W Bronze
CPU: Intel i5 6500 @ 3.2GHz
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A
RAM: 1x8 GB Hyperx Fury @ 2400 (planning to upgrade as soon as prices drop)
GPU: Asus Strix RX 480 OC 8GB
Case: Nzxt S340 Elite
Cpu Cooler: Cryorig H7
Storage: 1x Ocz Tr150 120GB (boot drive), 2xToshiba 1TB HDD
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster T260 ~1920x1200

So, i built this system a year ago and i am pretty happy with it so far. One may ask why i spent money on a Z170 motherboard only to pair it with a locked processor. Well, short answer is, i was feeling great with the 6500 at the time but was on a tight budget so i thought that a Z motherboard would be a future proof if i ever wanted to switch to an unlocked CPU.

I was thinking about selling my RX480 for quite some time now, put a little extra money and buy a GTX 1070 as due to the mining craze prices for the RX 480's have skyrocket but i could not make a final decision...Five days ago i decided to finally pull the trigger and sold my RX 480. Now, im in a kind of a dillema:

Should i invest my money on a GTX 1070 or should i go for a total overkill at 1080p and buy a GTX 1080? I have to point out here that i don't care about buying a used card as long as it's still under warranty, so i was thinking that instead of paying 450 - 500€ for a brand new 1070 if it would be a better idea to spend the same amount of money and buy a used GTX 1080 instead.

Yes, i know that a 1080 is a huge overkill for 1080p gaming but again, if in the future i decide to go to 4k gaming a GTX 1080 would be a better future proof.

So, long story short, how much of a bottleneck will i have if i go for the GTX 1080?

Thanks.
 

Satan-IR

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One can always think of a scenario where the CPU would bottleneck the GPU or sometimes the other way round.

If you play games which need an average CPU power, such as BF4 or CoDs or other FP Shooters your CPU will be fine, in 1080 and even in 1440.

However, if we were to talk about RPG titles, your CPU will be a small bottleneck in 1080 as that GPU won't really be working at max.

And yes GTX 1080 for playing at 60Hz at 1080p is a bit of an overkill.

BTW not saying it's a real risk or a problem but a 550W PSU for a system with a GTX 1080 would be cutting it a bit too close especially in 1-2 years when that PSU loses some of it's output power. Saying this because you said you might want to invest in a 1080 for future gaming at 4K.
 

gazp

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I am mostly playing sports games like Fifa, NBA 2k and also games like Witcher 3, Rise of The Tomb Raider etc. Planning to also upgrade to 16gb of ram in the near future. So, you think I won't have serious botteneck? Is it worth the trouble and extra money for a 1070/1080?
 

Satan-IR

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I would say you'd be OK with shooter and sports games but RPG games like Witcher 3 that you mentioned (which is also an open world with a load on CPU that is usually more than shooters) you might experience some degree of a bottleneck with the GTX 1080 (not serious as you put it), maybe a bit less with a GTX 1070.

On the other hand have in mind that even a GTX 1070 would perform quite better than a RX 480. Here you can see comparisons between the two which are derived from actual real work benchmarks on users' machines and not tests done for reviews:

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1070-vs-AMD-RX-480/3609vs3634

Increasing RAM capacity would not have a real impact on gaming performance but I think I know where you're coming from in term of budget and all.

If you can manage/afford a 1080 now go for it but to spend less and esp. if you play at FHD/1080p at 60Hz you can consider a GTX 1070 which would do just find.
 

gazp

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I am on a really time budget, all i am going to do is save money untill i am able to buy the GTX 1080. Thanks a ton for your help!
 

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