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July 2, 2013 2:26:24 AM

Specs: AMD FX-4100
Radeon HD7770
8GB RAM
I believe the PSU is 700w

I've noticed a severe drop in gaming performance on my new computer (first got it in Feburary, brand new) within the past few months. I was able to run games like Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row the Third almost maxed out, and I could run FarCry 3 at high settings (at 1080p) with virtually no issues. Then, even at low settings (at 1080p) the games are stuttery and bothersome. I'm looking to upgrade soon, and am not sure whether to upgrade the CPU or GPU. Iwould like to know if I have a bottleneck and if there are any possible solutions to my current issue, as the performance was not always as bad as it currently is. If any further information is needed, I will try my best to provide it.

Also, I was planning on upgrading the GPU to a 7870 but would take suggestions on the CPU as, if it is indeed the bottleneck, I am not quite sure what a good upgrade would be. I have a $250 budget.
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July 2, 2013 11:26:57 PM

Problems like that can be caused by software. Do you have the latest drivers from AMD? Also, the FX-4100 shouldn't bottleneck a 7870. However, what I would recommend doing is upgrading GPU now, and upgrading CPU to an FX-8320/8350 when you come across the money, whether it be next month or next year (depending on when next-gen AMD is released).
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July 2, 2013 11:44:32 PM

Thanks for the advice, and I do have the latest drivers installed but recently installed Afterburner and realized my GPU usage is through the roof.
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July 2, 2013 11:46:02 PM

DyHaglar said:
Thanks for the advice, and I do have the latest drivers installed but recently installed Afterburner and realized my GPU usage is through the roof.


Yeah... however stupid it may sound, I tend not to muck around with things like that, as I've heard too many bad things (although Afterburner is supposed to be alright). Just to be safe, I would restore all settings to default and then uninstall Afterburner. See if that makes a difference.
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July 2, 2013 11:55:25 PM

Well I just installed Afterburner probably ~30 minutes ago, and I've been having the performance issues for months so I think the root of the problem lies elsewhere. I would like to see if I could verify that the issue is service-based, like a BitCoin miner (I haven't installed any, but after some googling I believe I may have a trojan or virus of some sort), before I uninstall Afterburner.
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July 3, 2013 12:02:10 AM

DyHaglar said:
Well I just installed Afterburner probably ~30 minutes ago, and I've been having the performance issues for months so I think the root of the problem lies elsewhere. I would like to see if I could verify that the issue is service-based, like a BitCoin miner (I haven't installed any, but after some googling I believe I may have a trojan or virus of some sort), before I uninstall Afterburner.


I would perhaps post a different thread for that. I am not quite a master at finding viruses...
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July 3, 2013 12:02:57 AM

Alright, well thanks for your help until this point and your upgrade advice.

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July 3, 2013 12:06:11 AM

DyHaglar said:
Alright, well thanks for your help until this point and your upgrade advice.



Don't worry bout it :) 
Sorry I couldn't be of more help; guess I'll be studying up on BitCoin viruses tomorrow :p 
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