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Is my CPU what's causing poor performance?

I have a system that is a few years old. Games can peak at 45-60 fps in certain parts, but when the game starts getting intensive everything slows down heavily; not just fps. Audio also lags and cuts out, seemingly at random, and not only during intensive parts in a game.

Example: FFXIV, game can run from 30-50fps or more when not much is going on, but when I get to a heavily populated area (or even a not so populated one) everything including audio starts cutting out and lagging.

Looking over at the specs of this system, it looks to me that the CPU could be what is causing this, but I'm not entirely sure. The GPU could also be the problem...

Specs:

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Summary

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 260: 35 °C
Regor 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. M68MT-S2 (Socket M2): 42 °C
Graphics
E2251 (1920x1080@60Hz)
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series (Gigabyte): 37 °C
Storage
465GB Western Digital WDC WD50 00AAKX-001CA SCSI Disk Device (SATA): 31 °C
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
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  1. CPU is main problem, the GPU the second but less, which model is it exactly?
  2. StarBG said:
    CPU is main problem, the GPU the second but less, which model is it exactly?


    It's a hd 6770.
  3. Best answer
    The GPU is ok, the CPU is the main problem and need urgent upgrade.
  4. StarBG said:
    The GPU is ok, the CPU is the main problem and need urgent upgrade.


    Thanks, then the CPU will be the first thing I upgrade. :D
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