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CPU bottle necking what do I need to upgrade?

A week ago I got a radeon 7950 and only got a small performance boost from my 6770. I was told its probably my CPU bottlenecking is this true?

If it is true do you recommend any CPUs specifically also would I need to upgrade my PSU?

Specs
Processor: AMD A8-3850 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8168MB RAM
AMD Radeon HD 7950
600watt PSU
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  1. I would upgrade the CPU. You will need a new motherboard though too. PSU should be fine if it is a quality brand. Your budget dictates everything else. Did you update your drivers by chance for the new card?
  2. Get an x4 750k as that'll not bottleneck your system. You'll have to get a mobo as well though
  3. your power supply should be fine .. how ever socket fm1 processors are pretty much a dead end you have one option but its just an unlocked multiplier version of the same processor you have. i would say try overclocking it. but its not a very powerful processor in the first place. if you did decide to upgrade your looking at a new motherboard and processor possibly a new oem version of windows..
  4. Welshstig said:
    Get an x4 750k as that'll not bottleneck your system.


    Not a horrible choice if budget is super low. I would recommend at least an FX 6300 though.
  5. What is the budget for cpu+ mobo?
  6. logainofhades said:
    I would upgrade the CPU. You will need a new motherboard though too. PSU should be fine if it is a quality brand. Your budget dictates everything else. Did you update your drivers by chance for the new card?


    Any mobo suggestions? I'm very new to this, would it be hard to install new one?
  7. Need you budget
  8. CTurbo said:
    Need you budget


    looking for around 200$ I wouldn't mind paying more, however I wont be able to get it soon if it goes over by too much
  9. FX 6300 + 970 series motherboard
  10. CTurbo said:
    FX 6300 + 970 series motherboard


    for the mobo would the MSI 970A-G43 or the MSI 970A-G46 be good or should I go with the ASRock 970 Extreme3?
  11. Best answer
    Unless you live near a microcenter, get this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $214.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 13:52 EST-0500)
  12. logainofhades said:
    Unless you live near a microcenter, get this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $214.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 13:52 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the help!
  13. logainofhades said:
    Unless you live near a microcenter, get this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $214.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 13:52 EST-0500)


    I was wondering if this would be better than the 6300 I live somewhat close to a microcenter and I believe it will be on sale for black friday.
  14. FX 8320 would be a better deal and it is on sale right now. You do not have to wait till black friday. :D
  15. logainofhades said:
    FX 8320 would be a better deal and it is on sale right now. You do not have to wait till black friday. :D


    does this mobo look good?

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/398237/GA-78LMT-USB3_Socket_AM3_mATX_760G_AMD_Motherboard

    It comes in a bundle with the CPU is it worth it or should I just go for the one you suggested?
  16. You'll have to get a mobo as well though
  17. Oweoz said:
    logainofhades said:
    FX 8320 would be a better deal and it is on sale right now. You do not have to wait till black friday. :D


    does this mobo look good?

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/398237/GA-78LMT-USB3_Socket_AM3_mATX_760G_AMD_Motherboard

    It comes in a bundle with the CPU is it worth it or should I just go for the one you suggested?



    FX 8320 will work with that board, and it would still handle it being bumped to an FX 8350 speed. I have recommended it a few times for very low budget builds to squeeze in a better GPU. The 990fx gigabyte board is far better board, though. There is a bundle for it and the FX 8320 as well.
  18. logainofhades said:
    Oweoz said:
    logainofhades said:
    FX 8320 would be a better deal and it is on sale right now. You do not have to wait till black friday. :D


    does this mobo look good?

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/398237/GA-78LMT-USB3_Socket_AM3_mATX_760G_AMD_Motherboard

    It comes in a bundle with the CPU is it worth it or should I just go for the one you suggested?



    FX 8320 will work with that board, and it would still handle it being bumped to an FX 8350 speed. I have recommended it a few times for very low budget builds to squeeze in a better GPU. The 990fx gigabyte board is far better board, though. There is a bundle for it and the FX 8320 as well.


    Perfect, now I just want to make sure that my PSU will be able to handle these I believe it should be fine but do you think I need an upgrade?
  19. As long as it is of a quality brand and model, 600w is good.
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