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Bottle-necking Graphical Issues

I just got GeForce GTX 650 for my system, and was hoping it would finally allow be to play World of Warcraft at maximum settings without issue. While some parts improved a bit, I still get only about 15-20 fps on Ultra. I was wondering if you all could help me figure out where my system is bottle-necking. Here are my system specs:

XFX 750i MoBo
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300 2.5ghz
GeForce GTX 650
8 GB DDR2 RAM
1 TB WD Black HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

I think those are all the relevant bits. If you need more, information please let me know. Thank you all in advance!
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  1. Its your CPU holding you back.
  2. robo7425 said:
    Its your CPU holding you back.


    Wow really? I thought for sure even though it is a little dated, it was still a pretty solid processor. Thanks!
  3. Best answer
    it still pretty solid, but I would recommend overclocking the processor and seeing if that helps any. The 650 still may not be capable of 45 fps on ultra but should be pretty playable on the setting, if you buy an upgraded cooler and OC your processor you should see some gains. You have to remember that you're not going to get max settings on a modern game with a $100 card no matter what it is. Otherwise everyone with the high end cards would complain.
  4. I have a core 2 duo e8400 3Ghtz paired with a GTS 250 GPU. The GTS 250 is slower than your 650. When I game, I am being bottlenecked by the CPU. This improves as I OC the CPU. Your faster GPU would only make this worse. Unless the games you play are heavily threaded, your CPU speed is what is holding you back. If I remember right, WOW runs on a single core, so the quad core doesn't improve your speed much. In newer games, the extra core will help more. Extra CPU speed should help your FPS.
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