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July 31, 2013 6:15:02 AM

here's my Spec
AMD FX 4100- 3.6GHZ (OC'ed to 4.0)
120GB SSD Kingston Hyperex (boot)
7200RPM 400GB WD HDD
Radeon HD7770 2GB GDDR5 1020MHZ
8GB DDR3 Mem RAM 4600 MHZ

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July 31, 2013 6:26:19 AM

I think you are reasonably well balanced for a gamer.
If anything, the graphics card might be the weakest part.
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:

a) Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely cpu limited.

b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.


Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
set to 50% and see how you do.


If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.

It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
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July 31, 2013 6:29:02 AM

geofelt said:
I think you are reasonably well balanced for a gamer.
If anything, the graphics card might be the weakest part.
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:

a) Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely cpu limited.

b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.


Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
set to 50% and see how you do.


If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.

It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.


Sorry I'm not that really good at Software what is Eye Candy ? and my CPU is running on stock volt it's 1.4125 well all of my games run smoothly with BF3 but when playing racing game there's a spike in difference with FPS
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July 31, 2013 6:31:23 AM

'Eye candy' commonly refers to graphical effects, details, image quality.

Basically, lower your game's graphics options as low as they will go and see how that impacts performance, if at all, within his suggested troubleshooting framework.
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