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Should I overclock CPU or RAM

I am trying to play BF4 with my PC but I keep getting a white screen. I know my system isn't the best and needs an upgrade but I am trying to see if I can overclock to play the game.

System:
MOBO- GA-MA790X-UD4P
CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core
RAM- 4GB DDR2 1033
PS- 680 watts
SSD- Intel 128
GPU- GTX 760
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  1. Why do you have a GTX 760? That is a huge waste of money. Everything else is bottlenecking it. You'll be better off buying a new processor eg. FX-6300, new motherboard, and new RAM (DDR3). Don't expect battlefield even with overclocking your old system. I would OC both, but it still won't work.
  2. Nuclear101 said:
    Why do you have a GTX 760? That is a huge waste of money. Everything else is bottlenecking it. You'll be better off buying a new processor eg. FX-6300, new motherboard, and new RAM (DDR3). Don't expect battlefield even with overclocking your old system. I would OC both, but it still won't work.


    OK, Apart from your "waste of money" response... Would my system cause my vid card to crash during BF3? I keep getting the message "Direct X function'GetDeviceRemovedReason fail with DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG" ????
  3. Your CPU and RAM are huge bottlenecks! I'm not surprised that it gets overloaded by an intense game like BF4.
    Overclocking wouldn't benefit you too much. If I were you I'd grab a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM and your system will rock. Then you could turn your old setup into a server or something.
  4. danforthewin said:
    Your CPU and RAM are huge bottlenecks! I'm not surprised that it gets overloaded by an intense game like BF4.
    Overclocking wouldn't benefit you too much. If I were you I'd grab a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM and your system will rock. Then you could turn your old setup into a server or something.


    danforthewin,
    thanks for the advice! I was just trying to see if I could get away not buying new components yet. I just tested my system with BF3 and I am getting 100% CPU usage and 73C on all four cores when it freezes. That answers itself....
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    josephd006 said:
    danforthewin said:
    Your CPU and RAM are huge bottlenecks! I'm not surprised that it gets overloaded by an intense game like BF4.
    Overclocking wouldn't benefit you too much. If I were you I'd grab a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM and your system will rock. Then you could turn your old setup into a server or something.


    danforthewin,
    thanks for the advice! I was just trying to see if I could get away not buying new components yet. I just tested my system with BF3 and I am getting 100% CPU usage and 73C on all four cores when it freezes. That answers itself....



    ha! Yeah, that makes sense. That's a tell tale sign of a bottleneck. I second the FX 6300 CPU. It's super cheap and great for gaming. I reckon you could get it in a combo with a nice mobo for around $200-$250. RAM is kinda expensive right now, but 8gb of 1600mhz would be just fine. Good luck, man.
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