As the title suggests i am loosening the pocket strings and splashing some cash to upgrade my unit. I recently bought the HD 7870 to replace an old HD 7770 but i see no real difference in frames. Any light on the issue would be appreciated and possible upgrades recommended. Thanks in advance guys.
My Spec is : AMD FX 4170 Quad Core 4.22ghz
8gb Ram (Speed unsure)
HD 7870 graphics card
Asus M5A78L-M (Mobo)
Your gpu upgrade should have been helpful.
Most likely, the individual core speeds of your cpu is holding you back.
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:
a) Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
set to 50% and see how you do.
You could also experiment with removing one core in the bios. This will tell you how sensitive your games are to the benefits of many cores.
If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.
It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.