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Help me identify my bottleneck please.

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February 16, 2012 5:11:45 PM


I am looking at my gaming PC and it seems to be getting dated. I currently play SWTOR and will be playing ME3. SWTOR currently runs at around 30fps and the ME3 demo ran very choppy when I bumped it up t 1900x1080. I am pretty sure my graphics card is my bottleneck here, but can you please give opinions. Thanks.

Win7 64-bit Pro
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
2x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) kits
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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February 16, 2012 5:13:33 PM

CPU is getting old, and could benefit from an OC. Graphics card is at the very low end of the mid-tier though, and simply isn't capable of maxing out modern games.
February 16, 2012 5:20:06 PM

I have always wanted to see about and OC, but have no real experience in going about it. What resources can you point me that that would help me learn the process?
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February 16, 2012 6:20:52 PM

We used to have a thread in the CPU section. I've never really OC'd much, but its basically increasing the FSB and CPU Multiplyer, adding voltage where needed, until heat/stability is too much to overcome.

We have enough people on these boards who can help you OC. A C2Q isn't significantly slower then AMD's newest PII chips, so getting the clockspeed to around 2.8GHz+ would make it good enough for now.
February 16, 2012 11:54:27 PM

A faster graphics card is your main improvement to make. At 1080p resolution, you will need at least an HD 6850/GTX 460 class graphics card* if you want to play with lots 'o eye candy. The Q8200** is still adequate for gaming with a fast card. But I'd make a CPU upgrade next on your list of upgrades if you're going to keep that board.
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February 17, 2012 12:16:31 AM

Its not worth bumping up 1 steap to say a q8400 and the q9 series is just way to expensive.

Might as well start saving for an i5 rig after the gpu upgrade.
February 17, 2012 2:07:47 AM

Your set up isn't bad for now. You could benefit greatly from OCing and a new GPU. But if you don't have a lot of money in your pockets, start saving up for a new Ivy Bridge set up with Keplar/ 7000.

Or you could go save up for a completely new rig for Haswell in 2013, but I doubt you're gonna do that :/ 
February 18, 2012 1:22:55 PM

i had a ECS motherboard close to your specs, and when i started back in the COD days (along time ago)after i SLIed board, i finally gave in and went budget AMD(and glad)
But could a SSD be the answer, from what i have been seeing looks like a big game changer!im not sure how comaptible they are with other componets,but im diff. looking into investing
February 18, 2012 2:23:36 PM

A SSD will speed up the initial loading of the game, and possibly loading new sections as the game progresses. But framerate is mainly determined by the graphics card's processing power and the CPU's ability to keep up.