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Should I overclock my amd x3 8450 cpu for better gaming?

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May 15, 2013 5:33:17 PM

Hey,
I recently got myself an ati hd 7770 gpu. But it feels like the games are performing lower than they should. I play most games at 1280 x 1024 res and at high to ultra the fps are around 18-25 (For eg Tomb Raider and NFS Most Wanted 2012).

Now My Ram is 4Gb out of which 3Gb is available, but i hv doubts on my processor (the amd phenom x3 8450) that it may be bottlenecking the performance.

Is that normal for my system? Should i overclock my cpu to get a better performance and if so how much inrease will i be looking at? And i'd rather stick to the air cooling (cooler master fan) that is already in pc so how far is the safe limit to oc it?

Edit: Also quite weirdly, the system seems to run Crysis 2 at 45+ fps most of the time. Is that normal too?, since i expected Crysis 2 to be quite a pc resource intensive game.

System Specs:
Motherboard: Amd Rs780
Processor: Amd phenom X3 8450
RAM: 4 Gb ddr2
GPU: Club-3D Ati Radeon HD 7770 Ghz edition
PSU: Cooler Master Gx 550W
HD: 2x 80Gb Sata WD

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May 15, 2013 5:58:24 PM

While you may see some increase in performance by overclocking, you machine is so outdated youre just prolonging the inevitable.
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May 15, 2013 6:01:08 PM

The short answer is no. A 7770 is not powerful enough to stress your CPU in a way that additional frequency would help much.

If you want to improve your performance, the first place you should start is installing a 64bit OS to allow your system proper use of its video and system memory.

All windows 7 keys can activate both 32 and 64bit copies. You can download a legitimate copy of the 64bit version of the OS you currently have from digitalriver should one not be available to you on disc.
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May 16, 2013 3:22:46 AM

dalethepcman said:
The short answer is no. A 7770 is not powerful enough to stress your CPU in a way that additional frequency would help much.

If you want to improve your performance, the first place you should start is installing a 64bit OS to allow your system proper use of its video and system memory.

All windows 7 keys can activate both 32 and 64bit copies. You can download a legitimate copy of the 64bit version of the OS you currently have from digitalriver should one not be available to you on disc.



Hi, thanks for replying. I guess i will go forward with updating my OS to 64-bit first then. I was actually just looking for a 5-7 fps boost for games so that they go from 18-25 to 25-30 fps, which i would be quite happy with. Is there something else i can do besides updating my OS, to get that fps boost?
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May 16, 2013 10:13:39 AM

See what your performance is like after applying a 64bit OS. You should be getting 30+ fps at the settings you described without any overclocking, so getting in the 20s is a problem.

If you're not content with the FPS after updating, you can overclock your cpu to get more fps. I couldn't tell you what gains you will see as every chip is different, but at the resolutions your gaming a faster CPU would help more than a faster GPU.
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