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Athlon II x3 450 upgrade to Phenom II 955?

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December 17, 2011 1:08:48 PM

Hello,

I have an Athlon II x3 450 3.2 unlocked to a x4 @ 3.5. I am getting some stuttering in games when the CPU usage jumps to 90% or so during gameplay. Usually it runs about 70 - 80. Well I should say it does this stuttering worse when I OC my 560 ti. It OC's very good. My question is would it be worth it or would this help my problem if I upgraded to the Phenom II 955 or higher? 3.5 is all I can squeeze out of this chip and it is at a very high voltage to get that. I game @ 1920 x 1080.

Current setup:

Athlon II x3 450 to x4 @ 3.5
ASRock M3A770DE
8 gigs ram @ 1333
asus gtx 560 ti
Corsair 650tx
w7 64bit
Plenty of cooling too

Thanks for the help!!
Travis
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December 17, 2011 1:17:38 PM

It is not a massive upgrade but you should be able to achieve your goal if it is the CPU creating the stuttering!
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December 17, 2011 1:33:03 PM

your current cpu can bottlenecking the card even you can overclocking 560ti gfx cards are pretty huge for those type of cpu's but i would say 955 is even more better for you.
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December 17, 2011 4:52:09 PM

That CPU wouldn't give a great upgrade, but with a C3 model you could most likely achieve 4Ghz on air. Also, sense your maxing out 90% usage, I don't know why it would lag because it has 10% more to give, and if it needed it, it should use it.
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December 17, 2011 5:11:11 PM

Well my GPU is not always at 99%, it bounces around the 85 to 99 range. It seems like when the GPU usage drops down the CPU usage goes up and that is when i get a little stutter. It is not a drop in FPS just like it skips a couple of frames ahead to catch up, but it is noticeable and affects game play somewhat.
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December 17, 2011 5:40:58 PM

Well, it sounds like you are not even pushing your system to the maximum and that the machine is just "catching up" frames. I don't know if a 955 would do anything for you. I fyou want a CPU upgrade, I would get something from Intel right now because AMD hasn't come out with any good gaming CPUs lately.
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December 17, 2011 5:49:58 PM

HostileDonut said:
Well, it sounds like you are not even pushing your system to the maximum and that the machine is just "catching up" frames. I don't know if a 955 would do anything for you. I fyou want a CPU upgrade, I would get something from Intel right now because AMD hasn't come out with any good gaming CPUs lately.


Yeah sounds like it. Thanks for the info. What exactly could be the cause of this "catching up" frames? I wonder what the real bottleneck is. I think I will just stick with what I have and might try tweaking a few settings.

Thanks again! Always good answers on this site.....
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December 17, 2011 5:50:24 PM

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