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cpu bottlenecking, suggestions needed

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July 19, 2014 3:25:24 PM

Ok, so over the last few weeks I have been upgrading my computer. I grabbed a xfx dd r9 290 off of Amazon for a great price, got a new motherboard and a ssd. I was told by a gentleman at a local computer shop that my processor didn't need to be upgraded (currently running a phenom ii x4 970 be) so I threw in the new graphics card, mb, and ssd (fresh instal). Played a little far cry 3, ran well, not as well as I was hoping, tried Wolfenstein the new order, that's where things went bad, it was completely unplayable.

Downloaded some utilities to find out my GPU was running at 50-60% and my cpu at 100%. So now I have been reading up on what kind of processor I should upgrade to and am getting quite scared. The fx cards look like they have a lot of issues but I just bought a new board. At this point I have no idea what I should do.

Full specs:

Amd phenom II x4 970 be
Xfx dd radeon r9 290
4 gb corsair 1333 ram (2x2gb) and 4 gb Kingston 1333 ram (1x4gb)
Thortech 650 watt psu
180 gb intel 530 ssd and 1 tb western digital 7200 rpm hdd
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard

Thanks In advance.

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July 19, 2014 3:52:42 PM

The FX processors perform quite well from my experience. I have the FX-8320 and I was able to overclock it to 4.25 GHz. The FX-8350 is by far the most popular FX CPU and it performs extremely well and definitely should not bottleneck your GPU. You can probably get a FX-8350 on Amazon or Newegg for a good price.
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July 19, 2014 3:56:53 PM

the FX 6350 is good to and its cheaper then the FX 8350 but if you have the money then get a FX 8350 but the FX 6350 is good for the price
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July 19, 2014 4:04:16 PM

use 2 ram only like 2x4 ddr3 1600 will run much better than 3 ram you have right now ... that I can see is 1 of your bottle neck
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July 19, 2014 4:50:18 PM

Matthew-san said:
The FX processors perform quite well from my experience. I have the FX-8320 and I was able to overclock it to 4.25 GHz. The FX-8350 is by far the most popular FX CPU and it performs extremely well and definitely should not bottleneck your GPU. You can probably get a FX-8350 on Amazon or Newegg for a good price.


But that's the one that I've seen people post the most about bottlenecking on. What GPU are you running? Also do you think my psu and motherboard can handle all of this?

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July 22, 2014 1:12:03 AM

Sorry for the late reply! You and the general public are correct, it does bottleneck some high-end GPU's. I have the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Superclocked w/ACX Cooler and when the FX-8320 is running at stock speed it does inhibit my GPU's performance, especially on modern games like Watch Dogs, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, etc. However, when the FX-8320 is overclocked to 4.0 GHz or higher I get huge fps increases in my games and I believe that happens because my 770 can finally run at full power. So if you're wanting to save a few bucks then you can pick up a FX-8320, buy an aftermarket cooler, and overclock it.

If you haven't bought a CPU already then here's some links for some good prices on the FX-8320 and aftermarket cooler.

You can get the FX-8320 for around $150 on Amazon, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FD8320FRHKBOX-FX-8320-FX-Seri...

Popular aftermarket cooler for about $30: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...
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