Am I having a mobo or CPU bottleneck?

Hello at 1600x1050 I am only getting around 40-70 fps on bf3 high settings with specs of
Fx 6300
Wind force 280x
Corsair 650w
Geminii s524
And mobo m5a78m lx plus
I am upgraded soon with processor and maybe mobo what should I upgrade to.
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  1. are you restricted to a micro atx board? I would go with a full size asus board. Usually their $100+ boards overclock well. Overclock a bit and add a nice cpu cooler and you will do well.

    Seems like low frames for that setup/ res. The card might like to overclock too.


    The best way to check is to install GPUz and let it run in the background. Play the game for a few min in a graphic intense area and then close out of the game and see what your average GPU load was during the game. Also check your CPU usage. If your cpu is at 100% and the gpu is only at say 60% (or something lower than 90-95%) you will know you have a cpu bottleneck.

    That cpu overclocked should do well with that card. You might also consier an intel chick and board if you decide to go with a new board AND cpu. The AMD 8core might not help much compared to the 6core you currently have. Overclocking and making sure your drivers are up to date might go a long way.


    I was gaming at 1080p with an overclocked 6850 and phenom 965 on BF3 with 50-60fps high settings.
  2. I used open hardware monitor and the gpu is around 60-80 percent, while CPU is turbo or max. I do not know if a other type of mobo will fit in my case. Also the temp is around 56 degrees while gaming. What would be a good overclock btw. Do you think the moba will affect preformance.
  3. A regular Asus mobo would be atx right? That is compatible. When viewing stats again it went up to 100 but only very briefly on dayz. Bf3 it averaged 60 usage. CPU was at full.
  4. That CPU needs overclocking which means a better mobo and aftermarket cooler. Then u might be able to ffully ultize that 280x. How much ram btw?
  5. I have 8 gigs of ram. Also, what would be a good mobo to upgrade to. I'm gonna upgrade in like 3 months, and want something like a 8350 processor. My case is a cooler master elite 311 and. I have 650w corsair psu.
  6. Beezy said:
    That CPU needs overclocking which means a better mobo and aftermarket cooler. Then u might be able to ffully ultize that 280x. How much ram btw?


    The Geminii s524 is not good for over clocking?
  7. The cooler is fine im sure, youll just have to monitor temps to see if its keeping up with the OC. Its your motherboard i wouldnt trust for overclocking. The VRM heatsink on there is meh and i think its power phase is 4+1 which means overclocking was not in mind when this board was designed. Its being maxed out running as it is more or less...My Asus m5a97 r2.0 overclocks my fx-6300 up to 4.6ghz (with power saving features still on) and has a power phase of 4+2 which isnt regarded as very good for overclocking either, but it works yes.
  8. Beezy said:
    The cooler is fine im sure, youll just have to monitor temps to see if its keeping up with the OC. Its your motherboard i wouldnt trust for overclocking. The VRM heatsink on there is meh and i think its power phase is 4+1 which means overclocking was not in mind when this board was designed. Its being maxed out running as it is more or less...My Asus m5a97 r2.0 overclocks my fx-6300 up to 4.6ghz (with power saving features still on) and has a power phase of 4+2 which isnt regarded as very good for overclocking either, but it works yes.


    I do not know what to do with voltage when over clocking, also I think in the future I will upgrade to the fx 8350, should I replace my motherboard too, and if so to what.

    Also, can my mobo slow down the CPU and gpu.
  9. with the multiplier only, no voltage changes, you can get up to 4.3 with power saving features enabled. If you want more, like 4.4Ghz or more, you need to up voltages, and i wouldnt put your motherboard up to that job, past one tiny bump maybe...
  10. (the risk taker in me)
  11. Last thing before choosing the correct answerer, without over clocking in mind, could the mobo slow down the gpu or CPU. Also I upgrade real soon, should I swap mobo and processor for Intel i7 4770k, or go with fx 8350. If I go with 8350 should I swap mobo also?
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