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What is my bottleneck at the moment?

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Last response: in PC Gaming
June 12, 2014 7:01:58 AM

I use my PC for gaming mostly, just recently started streaming on it though. I haven't experienced the biggest of problems while just using it for gaming, it has been lacking a bit behind but I comforted myself with it being because I was on a tight budget when I built it.
I usually run ArmA 2 on an average of 60 fps, varying anywhere from 25-80 depending on where in Chernarus (the map) I am in. Bigger cities, especially Elekrozavodsk, strains my PC a lot. I've been easily able to live with it though, up until now.
I tried streaming for the first time ever, I had a blast, but I discovered that I couldn't run ArmA II much higher than 20 fps in places where I estimate I would get around 50 fps before. So obviously, streaming takes away a lot of my performance as you would expect. I would like to be able to play ArmA III while streaming as well.
My problem is, if I were to upgrade my PC so I can stream the heavier games, what should I upgrade first?
My budget is roughly 300 USD.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 12, 2014 7:19:36 AM

Streaming likes more cores, whether you are on AMD or Intel.

An i3 is going to struggle with streaming.

If your board will support it, try an i5, or an i7.

If that is too pricey, you could try a dedicated capture/streaming card to take some of the load off the CPU. They are a little less expensive than a CPU upgrade.

And finally, if you have an i5 or i7 with QuickSync, certain apps like Myrillis Action can leverage that for better performance, depending on what you want to do (* stream or capture).
a b 4 Gaming
June 12, 2014 7:23:31 AM

300 bucks will buy the quad......... don't even need 300. under 200 will do it. ( i5. ).......... unless you want the i7.