What to upgrade to increase pc performance?

Hey guys,

I would like to upgrade my pc to increase the performance. However, I am not quite sure what is bottlenecking my pc, what should I upgrade first?

Systems specs:


01 - Operating System


0101 - Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.111118-2330)

0103 - BIOS : Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

0104 - Processor : AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz

0105 - Memory : 6144MB RAM

0106 - Available OS Memory : 6142MB RAM

0107 - Page File : 1960MB used, 10322MB available

0108 - Windows Dir : C:\Windows

0109 - DirectX Version : DirectX 11


02 - Processor


0201 - Caption : AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor x4 ~2200MHz

0202 - Current Clock Speed : 1100MHz

0203 - L1 Cache : 128,00 KB

0204 - L2 Cache : 512,00 KB


03 - Video Adapter


0301 - Card Name : ATI Radeon HD 4850

0302 - Manufacturer : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

0303 - Chip Type : ATI display adapter (0x9442)

0306 - Display Memory : 3318 MB

0307 - AdapterRAM : 512,00 MB


06 - Motherboard


0601 - Model : NARRA3

0602 - Manufacturer : ASUSTek Computer INC.

It also says above that current clock speed is 1100 MHz, while processor is capable of doing 2200 MHz. Is this normal or are some settings wrong?

I think that the graphics card is what's slowing down the frame rate, so I presume I'll have to upgrade that first. I'm looking for components in mid-range budget.

What is your advice on this?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Definitely get a new GPU. What's your budget?
  2. Mid-range budget. What would you advice?
    Thanks for fast reply!
  3. Mid range budget? What's that? 300$?
    I'm not sure on the prices but the 560Ti or a 6870 are good
  4. $150 will get you something like a 6870, next logical jump would be the 560Ti around the $250-$280 mark
  5. Presumably, you are interested in better frame rates for your games.

    To help clarify your options, run these two tests:

    a) Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
    If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.

    b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.

    Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
    set to 50% and see how you do.

    If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.

    It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
  6. What resolution are you running games at?

    Your CPU reading 1100mhz is normal, it's Cool n Quiet, slows down the processor when idle to conserve power.
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