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February 13, 2012 12:49:47 PM

when i play modern games on my pc the cpu is always maxed out. i was wondering if there was a solution like a new cpu or maybe swapping graphics cards?


amd atholon ii 640 propus at stock clock cooled by an h50

asus asus m5a97 evo mobo

10 gigs of 1600mhz ram( 8 of which is corsair vengeance)

1gb gt 520 graphics

500w cooler master psu

any advice would be great i have a budget of 150-175

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February 13, 2012 8:23:29 PM

Now if your CPU would have been a core ii x 2 I would have said need to up date your CPU. But your CPU is a ii x 4, so it isn't your CPU. It could be your graphics card (GPU).

But I wood look at the games you play some use more CPU than GPU. How are you monitoring your CPU usage anyway? But if you want to up grade with your budget I would look at the 6870, 6850, 6770.

These cards are example only to help you see what is out there for your set up. How ever I don't think you have a good PSU but it will do for the type of cards that is listed. Good luck to ya
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February 13, 2012 8:28:13 PM

your GPU is very weak, cpu is good enough.
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February 14, 2012 1:29:52 AM

im running dual monitors my desktop extension has the cpu monitor and gpu monitor
and i play gta4 alot and i get a heavy load on the cpu. and i do wanna upgrade to a 6000 series gpu so that works
February 15, 2012 12:37:50 AM

Ok I use MSI Afterburner to set my fan on my GPU to increase as my temps go up. I also use it to see what my temps are and use it for frame rates. It also show's me how much % of my GPU's are using.

I use CUP-Z to monitor my CPU. With the heavy load on your CPU does it interfear with the preformance of GTA4?. Maybe your ram is interfearing with the CPU. 8 gig of corsair how fast are they?

What are the other 2gigs of ram? Give me the order of how you are using your ram. example 2x 4 gigs 2x 1 gigs and what order you have in the sockets. What stick ram is the first and whats in the second etc.

If you are going to up grade to the 6xxx series you should look into a better PSU.