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What component should I upgrade if I want to get better framerates WHEN recording my games? Using Dxtory.

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April 10, 2014 8:50:42 PM

I'm not too new to recording but I never asked the question: What is NEEDED to record in the first place? Is it a good CPU? A good video card? The program I am using to record is Dxtory. All settings are default and I assume that all recording programs use similar resources.

When playing games (Garry's Mod in this case), I usually get around 120-40 fps, however, when recording, I drop to 40-20 fps. I am recording at 1280x720p since recording at 1080p makes the game virtually unplayable.

My current rig is:

CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 955

Video Card - Nvidia GrForce GTX 660

Hard Drive(s) - Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 ATA and WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 ATA, both are HDD's

Motherboard: M5A 78L-M LX PLUS Series

Power Supply unknown but I can get it if it's needed

Ram: 4 GB

Display: 1920x1080p

The framerates I'm trying to aim for is the standard 60 fps+

Another thing I would like to ask is what resources does recording take?
April 10, 2014 9:19:21 PM

cpu and ram will help when recording.
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April 10, 2014 9:28:40 PM

You want 8gb RAM and a better CPU for this.

Recording is mostly CPU based.
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April 10, 2014 9:31:51 PM

I noticed that for Dxtory there's an option to force CPU processing, does this mean that Dxtory doesn't use the CPU to record or to use more CPU power? I noticed that when enabling this my framerate dropped and it looked a bit more stuttery in gameplay.-
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April 10, 2014 9:53:19 PM

Yeah, it just uses the CPU more. It uses the CPU and GPU, but mainly the CPU. Your GPU is middle of the road and will be fine as long as your pair it with a strong CPU.
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April 10, 2014 10:01:02 PM

So then what would be a reasonable upgrade for my current CPU? I'm not too knowledgeable about CPU's besides the fact that there's Intel and AMD :p 
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April 10, 2014 10:06:31 PM

Update your BIOS to the newest version. This will allow you to use the new FX CPUs on your motherboard. Then buy an fx6300 or 8320.
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April 10, 2014 10:27:20 PM

You don't have to answer this but what makes this CPU better than the one I have currently? Again, very little knowledge on CPU's and such.
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April 10, 2014 10:29:30 PM

Your CPU is generations older than these. They are stronger per core and use newer technology.

http://anandtech.com/bench/product/88?vs=699 here is your CPU vs. the 6300. The 6300 is better in every way by a decent amount. The 8320 would be even better.
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April 11, 2014 8:34:24 PM

When replacing, should I remove the thermal paste off of my old CPU? If so, how should I do it without damaging it?
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April 12, 2014 10:06:04 AM

Just wipe it off the CPU and heatsink with a tissue and some rubbing alcohol. Then apply new paste to the new CPU before installing the heatsink.
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