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Is my CPU "bottle-necking" my GPU?

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February 5, 2014 5:04:07 PM

Hey, I have decided to start upgrading my computer for once (it was purchased stock, not custom-built) since it is years old. I recently just purchased a new Graphics Card and PSU and was wondering if it's worth investing in a new CPU if it's slowing my gaming down.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz)
MEMORY: 6GB DDR2
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760

I am pretty new with getting new computer components and would like to know if my CPU is slowing my games down (because it is ancient, or at least to me it is). My motherboard is pretty old too, I don't know what kind it is though.

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February 5, 2014 5:37:57 PM

yes, though the core2 quads are still okay processors, it's old and holding back the performance of your GPU
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February 5, 2014 5:53:44 PM

yep you will need a new processor + mobo
add to that DDR3 rams
dunno about your budget but check those anyways:
cpu :I5 4670k
mobo: MSI z87 gd45 ,MSI z87 GD65, asus z87 plus, asus z87 pro, asus maximus vi hero z87 .
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February 5, 2014 5:59:37 PM

A decent budget solution would be an FX 6300, an Asus 970 mobo, and a cheap air cooler, OP can overclock a bit to increase performance the whole thing shouldn't be more than 200 dollars
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February 5, 2014 6:35:58 PM

mswg said:
yep you will need a new processor + mobo
add to that DDR3 rams
dunno about your budget but check those anyways:
cpu :I5 4670k
mobo: MSI z87 gd45 ,MSI z87 GD65, asus z87 plus, asus z87 pro, asus maximus vi hero z87 .


Would newer DDR3 RAM increase FPS that much on games? I'm on a budget right now until about next month so I'd prefer not to upgrade memory sticks for a while unless it is a noticeable difference.
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February 5, 2014 6:36:51 PM

lmaonade200 said:
A decent budget solution would be an FX 6300, an Asus 970 mobo, and a cheap air cooler, OP can overclock a bit to increase performance the whole thing shouldn't be more than 200 dollars


It seems I will have to buy a new CPU regardless of what I do but if budget isn't a problem (next month), would you personally suggest Intel instead of AMD?
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February 5, 2014 6:40:00 PM

If not overclocking an i5-4430 or 4440 and a cheap H81/B85/H87 motherboard should do the trick

If your budget is rather tight (around $120 at most at the price level of an FX-6300) then the only Intel option is the i3-4130, a very powerful dual core
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February 5, 2014 6:41:09 PM

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lmaonade200 said:
A decent budget solution would be an FX 6300, an Asus 970 mobo, and a cheap air cooler, OP can overclock a bit to increase performance the whole thing shouldn't be more than 200 dollars


It seems I will have to buy a new CPU regardless of what I do but if budget isn't a problem (next month), would you personally suggest Intel instead of AMD?


if budget isn't a problem, then Intel all the way as of now, the problem with AMD is that they haven't released a mainstream performance desktop CPU in a while, they're targeting the family/casual consumer with their new products so the enthusiast chips are not that great (though still respectable)

go for a solid i5 4670k (or non k if you don't want to overclock), it's got great performance.

As for the RAM, it won't necessarily help with FPS, but for more demanding games it can ease stuttering issues if you happen to suffer any, because newer/faster RAM can load more information into memory
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February 5, 2014 6:55:10 PM

I suggested ddr3 since you are making an upgrade like this newer and faster rams will be a really good addition.
And if you have the budget get the 4670k cpu + asus z87 pro or maximus vi hero
Im a fan of asus :p 
That doesn't mean Msi and gigabyte have bad mobos but i prefer asus
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February 5, 2014 7:47:39 PM

Okay thanks for the help guys, I appreciate you all helping out a newbie! I'm 100% for sure going to buy a new CPU and I guess a new mobo too, I think I will delay the upgrade on the RAM for a bit though unless I can find a cheap and good deal. I'll probably buy an Intel since I plan to upgrade other parts of my computer gradually throughout the year anyways (which means my wallet will suffer as I end up buying a new case/cooling/etc later).
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