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May 2, 2012 1:23:14 AM

tl:D r; --> cpu bottlenecking performance(from what I know) specs below if you know what the issue is please suggest best course of action

Hello im trying to get help on an issue with my computer, first the problem.-->
Playing any game that is single player I will usually get great fps my video card is awesome nothing is usually a problem. I noticed when I bought gotham city imposters that my CPU (im assuming, and after reading this article http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/114642-13-performance... ) my cpu was bottlenecking my video card and my game performance. I got skyrim and it read my specs and suggested very high quality to play the game, certain things work great but heres the problem plain and simple from a newbie perspective.
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my cpu cant handle alot of things, and it really struggles on multiplayer, the more things happening on screen the better chance I have to drop in fps which really bothers me. world of warcraft playing near ultra everythings fine, more players on screen the worse my performace gets and I cant do 25man raids with spell detail all the way up.
Skyrim in the caves when there is the foggy stuff performace drops when that is on the screen or the fire(s). (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uikAYmIiWiQ/Tt9diULrb1I/AAAAA... --> those fires) so here are the specs

sapphire radeon 6950
amd phenom 965 black edition 3.4 ghz x4
msi 870a-g54 (motherboard)
1000 watt power suppy (power not an issue) my internet is not an issue i have >10mbps DL, and >4 mbps upload.

my friend said my motherboard and what I read, please tell me if I am wrong, is that it is limited to the phenom ii sockets. so im asking if there is a better phenom ii cpu I can upgrade to or if I can upgrade to an FX amd card (ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or if I should replace my motherboard and cpu altogether. suggestions anything would be great. sorry its such a long explanation.
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May 2, 2012 1:35:14 AM

your CPU is fine for those games, an over clock to 3.8ghz+ should help some



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May 2, 2012 2:27:42 AM

what video card settings are you gaming with?
What resolution?
Which 6950 do you have?

Definitely overclock that processor. Black editions were made for overclocking!
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May 2, 2012 2:42:17 AM

1600 by 1200 usually I usually play most games at high settings with the draw distance down because thats what kills it, I have the sapphire 6950. I heard all the AMD's run a little hot but I have a temp app on the computer to keep track, and the motherboard has an "auto overclock" so not sure how to do that but can look it up.
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May 2, 2012 5:43:37 AM

alec5014 said:
1600 by 1200 usually I usually play most games at high settings with the draw distance down because thats what kills it, I have the sapphire 6950. I heard all the AMD's run a little hot but I have a temp app on the computer to keep track, and the motherboard has an "auto overclock" so not sure how to do that but can look it up.

Both your processor & graphics card should enable you to play at ultra setting with that resolution. Must be driver issue. Have you updated to the latest catalyst & used the latest catalyst application profile?
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May 2, 2012 2:00:03 PM

randomkid said:
Both your processor & graphics card should enable you to play at ultra setting with that resolution. Must be driver issue. Have you updated to the latest catalyst & used the latest catalyst application profile?


yea i update my drivers whenever it is possible, and have gone to device manager to check if there is an update. should I overclock and see how that affects my performance? or is it something else that I may have done to limit the performance?
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May 2, 2012 3:21:15 PM

Two tips - if you are using maximum graphics settings with WoW back the shadow quality down a bit. I could keep mine on low and never had slow downs regardless how many PCs were on the screen (have a Phenom II X4 as well). Same with Skyrim. I can run Ultra settings, but to get really smooth FPS I need to lower shadow quality to "High".
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May 9, 2012 12:03:26 AM

jeffredo said:
Two tips - if you are using maximum graphics settings with WoW back the shadow quality down a bit. I could keep mine on low and never had slow downs regardless how many PCs were on the screen (have a Phenom II X4 as well). Same with Skyrim. I can run Ultra settings, but to get really smooth FPS I need to lower shadow quality to "High".


ok thanks are you overclocking yours or no
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