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How to troubleshoot whats bottlenecking me?

Um so I have a pretty decent computer, but I'm lagging in a couple of games at max settings. Crysis and Crysis 3 are two games I want to get running @ a constant 60fps at max settings, but at the moment my computer doesn't want to.. how do I trouble shoot what exactly is causing my problem?

Both games I get dips in FPS during heavy gunfights. I also get 15-25 drop in fps at other moments, just randomly. I can't maintain a constant 60fps for more then 30 seconds unless I'm standing still not doing anything :[ is my PC just not up to snuff?

My rig:

And not sure if it matters but my hard drive is over 2 years old and not the fastest speed. It actually does cause me lag when I play MMORPGS and its trying to load the textures for the cities off my HD (WoW and Final Fantasy 14 had this problem for me) I don't feel like this is the problem though since I do get stable FPS at some points of the game... also not sure if this is helpful or not, but I'm able to run Farcry 3 at max settings except SSAO @ 60fps. And another game I get dips in FPS all the time is Assassins Creed 4, during the first hour of gameplay my average FPS was about 40...
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  1. The easiest way would be to post your system specs for people to quickly identify any aging components that could be causing you issue(s).
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    Indeed, we need to know your system specs. Identifying hardware bottlenecks is fairly simple really. If your GPU load is low and your CPU usage is high, it's a CPU bottleneck. If it's the other way round, it's a GPU bottleneck.

    *edit*

    Your graphics card is ageing, it's most definitely that which is holding you back.
  3. Are you sure my graphics card is holding me back...? I was under the impression that the GTX 670 was a really good card.
    And how do I tell how my loads are on my CPU and GPU during gaming?
  4. D2Girl said:
    Are you sure my graphics card is holding me back...? I was under the impression that the GTX 670 was a really good card.
    And how do I tell how my loads are on my CPU and GPU during gaming?


    Unfortunately that's not the case. The 670 isn't a bad card, it's just not really good, somewhere around middle of the range. It is definitely what is holding you back.
  5. A GTX 780 barley gets an average 60FPs in Crysis 3 @ 1080 and thats not even maxed

    And still not quite maxed a titan drops to 33
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