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Do I need a new CPU? If so, what should I upgrade to?

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July 20, 2014 12:17:26 AM

I've been thinking about buying a new processor because it seems as if it is outdated. I have a AMD A8-5500 Quad Core at 3.2GHZ...it runs fine on most games. But I feel as if it will push itself too hard when playing BF4 and ARMA and more CPU intensive games. I recently just bought a GTX 760 and I know its not that great but I feel like it might be holding back performance a bit on ARMA since I still get frame rate lag. Which is a little annoying lol.

So if I upgrade what would be a good upgrade that would be in the range of 200-300 dollars?

Thanks for reading!

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July 20, 2014 12:23:06 AM

That cpu is really struggling with a GTX 760....all the A series are gonna struggle badly with that card....You need a new AM3+ Mobo and like FX-8350 if you want to run that GPU nicely....or go Intel i3/i5 etc.

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July 20, 2014 10:44:53 PM

Fidgetmaster said:
That cpu is really struggling with a GTX 760....all the A series are gonna struggle badly with that card....You need a new AM3+ Mobo and like FX-8350 if you want to run that GPU nicely....or go Intel i3/i5 etc.



I had a feeling...thanks for replying! I was actually looking at that CPU on bestbuy.com last night. It's a decent price too, thanks man! I thought it was struggling at little but now i know it's more than a little lol. How much would that motherboard run??
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July 21, 2014 12:34:27 PM

Unless you can find something like my build for a good deal old 1366 mobo/i7 920...the i7 920 Oced could easily run the GTX 760....Runs my 270 pretty dang good that's for sure. stock 2.6ghz is a joke...but really just turn into a monster after 3.5ghz....get into 3.8ghz+ they are still just phenomenal performers....just bad that they only want to run hotter than living hell itself haha
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July 21, 2014 12:43:10 PM

Fidgetmaster said:
Unless you can find something like my build for a good deal old 1366 mobo/i7 920...the i7 920 Oced could easily run the GTX 760....Runs my 270 pretty dang good that's for sure. stock 2.6ghz is a joke...but really just turn into a monster after 3.5ghz....get into 3.8ghz+ they are still just phenomenal performers....just bad that they only want to run hotter than living hell itself haha


I'd rather not overclock anything at the moment because I'm not really great with computers..I'll probably end up getting the fx 8350 or 8320.
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July 21, 2014 12:44:22 PM

The A series is just not that good hate to tell you that....but their best one is like Athlon 760k/FX 4300 equivalent....that's not ideal at all.... I have an fx 4300, and I swear I was fighting it so much to perform well with my 270....it needs Oced to like 4.5-5ghz, more like right at 5ghz to even run something like Battlefield 4 decently...its just slow/struggles...
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