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Is my CPU and GPU bottlenecking???

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August 14, 2013 6:46:34 AM

I usually can run almost about anything on this PC but lately when I play Guild Wars 2 my FPS becomes unstable on any graphic settings I put it to (I could have on low and get about the same fps as high settings). This so far has been the only game I've had this problem with, but I will be getting BF3 on Tuesday (8/20/13) to test it on that game. Can someone help me fix this problem please! And is this a bottleneck problem?

PC specs:
GPU: MSI r7770-2pmd1gd5/oc
CPU: AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo)
RAM: DDR3-1600 4GB(x2)
MB: M3970AM-HP
PSU: 460W (100V-240V)

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August 14, 2013 7:03:19 AM

Before you start considering if you should get a new GPU or CPU, you should wait and test BF3 first. When you get BF3, join a server and then open console, type "Render.Drawfps 1" without ", this command allows you to see your FPS. Afterwards you type "Render.PerfOverlayVisible 1" without ". In the bottom left corner of your screen, a small graph will appear, it will have both a yellow and green line inside it. The yellow line is your CPU performance and the green line is your GPU performance. If the green line is below the yellow line, it means your CPU is holding you back, and the other way around. So you should check this out first before taking your next step.
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August 14, 2013 7:16:00 AM

Is there any way I could check this ahead of time with gw2 using msi afterburner(GPU) and AMD overdrive(cpu)? Because I'm getting BF3 in a couple days
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August 14, 2013 8:01:57 AM

there is no chance of bttleneck in ur system

are ur drivers uptodate???
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August 14, 2013 8:10:01 AM

Sn1992 said:
there is no chance of bttleneck in ur system

are ur drivers uptodate???

Yes the driver are all up to date, the problem I'm having is on gw2 and I get around 20-60 fps it Jumps all over the place, and I look on msi afterburner and it doesn't use the GPU usage % over 50-60%
A few days ago I had a solid 60fps but that was that one day only.
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a c 406 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 8:11:57 AM

try resetting bios to default
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August 14, 2013 8:17:10 AM

Sn1992 said:
try resetting bios to default


Ok ill try that as soon as get home, but I'm not to familiar with what exactly that would do?
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a c 406 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 8:26:46 AM

that would restore factory settings and remove any by mistake changes that are probably causing instability
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August 14, 2013 8:59:08 AM

GW2 hates AMD and is VERY CPU heavy (people with i5/i7 @ 4.5 ghz still have bottlenecking problems). You have a bulldozer CPU which makes things even worse.
Overclock the crap out of it or get an intel CPU.
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August 14, 2013 9:09:55 AM

whyso said:
GW2 hates AMD and is VERY CPU heavy (people with i5/i7 @ 4.5 ghz still have bottlenecking problems). You have a bulldozer CPU which makes things even worse.
Overclock the crap out of it or get an intel CPU.


What do you mean by a bulldozer CPU?
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a c 406 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 9:16:01 AM

bulldozer is an architecture of the cpu its a code name to the architecture aswell
all fx x1xx and fx x2xx cpus are cpus
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August 14, 2013 9:21:21 AM

Thank you for all of this info, I will be home in the next hour and I will try resetting the BIOS settings and see if that has any effect, I'll keep you updated in an hour.
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August 14, 2013 9:25:38 AM

ohkay sure mate

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a c 687 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 10:01:04 AM

Has there been a recent patch update to the game? Sometimes those can affect performance as well. Your CPU is definitely isn't ideal, but should not bottleneck that graphics card.
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August 14, 2013 10:34:23 AM

Sn1992 said:
ohkay sure mate



Ok I reset my UEFI BIOS settings and now my pc makes loud beeps and won't appear on my monitor when I boot it up???
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August 14, 2013 10:43:29 AM

Unplug the PC, remove and reseat the GPU and ram and try again.
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August 14, 2013 11:01:50 AM

Okay, never mind yes the beeping stopped, but my fps still bounces around from 20- 60 when I tried playing gw2
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a c 406 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 11:06:30 AM

Ohkay mate i think u ll do good with bf3
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August 14, 2013 11:10:11 AM

One last question, will my PSU be good enough for me to overclock my CPU and GPU?
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August 14, 2013 11:12:29 AM

xReversedx said:
One last question, will my PSU be good enough for me to overclock my CPU and GPU?


I wouldn't attempt to do much overclocking with such a PSU.
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August 14, 2013 11:18:29 AM

^+1.
Dont ever o.c. With that psu
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August 14, 2013 11:18:30 AM

Alright so I guess I need to get a new CPU to fix this problem...
FX-8100 (Zambezi) or
FX-8120 (Zambezi) or
FX-8150 (Zambezi)?
these are the only ones I can upgrade to without changing my motherboard... which one should I get?
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a c 406 à CPUs
August 14, 2013 11:30:23 AM

Dont get a new cpu mate just install bf3 it will work fine
Gw2 is bent towards nvidea and intel thats y its causing probs
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August 14, 2013 11:32:07 AM

None of those CPU's are much of an upgrade over what you currently have, sadly. If that is all your board will support, then you would need a different board as well to get a worthwhile upgrade.
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