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March 31, 2013 5:08:22 PM

I just recently figured out that my cpu is holding my gpu back or bottlenecking it so i was wondering which should i upgrade first and how?

Should i buy a good mobo and then upgrade my cpu which will of course take some time. Or is there a cpu i could buy now thatll fit my mobo that wont bottlenck my gpu.

Any advice would be appreciated. Of course theres google and common sense but its always nice to have second opinions. Thank you.

Gpu: XFX 7850 single fan OC: 1000, 1250
Cpu: Amd Athlon ii x4 645
Psu: Corsair 600w
Mobo: FOXCONN 2AB1
Ram:6gb
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March 31, 2013 5:14:10 PM

I would upgrade your motherboard first to a nice AM3+ one

Then come fall, upgrade the CPU to steamroller
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March 31, 2013 5:23:22 PM

agree'd with stickmansam, get a good 970 or 990fx am3+ board and go steamroller. It'd be the best upgrade, the athlon should hold u over a little longer. But if u really had to upgrades would be a phenom ii x4 thats 95watt, or a phenom ii x6 95watt like tigerdirect still sells a 1045t new for around $120, but its a 2.7ghz clock speed, and will hold u back. My stock 1055t holds back my 5850, and an oc to around 3.4-3.6 helps performance. 2.8 to 3.4 made ultra bf3 smooth with no lag so the lower clock speed will hurt.

Finding a over 3ghz x4 will be difficult on 95watt board, and the x6 is prob only a small upgrade. So reasoning for steamroller and a decent am3+ board is best way to go
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March 31, 2013 5:37:36 PM

lazyboy947 said:
agree'd with stickmansam, get a good 970 or 990fx am3+ board and go steamroller. It'd be the best upgrade, the athlon should hold u over a little longer. But if u really had to upgrades would be a phenom ii x4 thats 95watt, or a phenom ii x6 95watt like tigerdirect still sells a 1045t new for around $120, but its a 2.7ghz clock speed, and will hold u back. My stock 1055t holds back my 5850, and an oc to around 3.4-3.6 helps performance. 2.8 to 3.4 made ultra bf3 smooth with no lag so the lower clock speed will hurt.

Finding a over 3ghz x4 will be difficult on 95watt board, and the x6 is prob only a small upgrade. So reasoning for steamroller and a decent am3+ board is best way to go


Thank both of you for your reply. Very much appreciated.

I have never heard of steamroller, and can't find a review on it so I'm guessing its yet to be released? Ill upgrade fully mobo and cpu, but is the steamroller comparible to i5 or should I just go all out with the i5? Might as well make sure this comp will be able to last a couple of years before another major upgrade.
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March 31, 2013 5:40:39 PM

It has yet to be released

It is est about 30% performance increase over piledriver/vishera

Steamroller should be comparable with Sandy bridge clock for clock but AMD usually hits higher clocks

The FX8350 (piledriver chip) is already a close match to an i5 for gaming [8350 is clocked higehr than i5 whcih makes up for it's lower IPC] [steamroller will bring AMD IPC up which means the AMD can be closer in clock speeds to reach i5 performance]
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March 31, 2013 5:44:41 PM

wat he said lol steamroller is coming out some time in mid summer i think june, july ish. you could go piledriver as it'll be a good improvement, but with steamroller coming out might as well upgrade then
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March 31, 2013 5:48:51 PM

Thank you both, I guess I'll wait and see whats all this hooplas about with said steamroller and make my decision then. Thank you both for giving me some insight hav a great day.
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