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Does my cpu bottleneck my gpu?

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July 9, 2012 6:55:33 PM

just wondering if it does, tends to lag up a bit in some games such as skyrim, gta4, and company of heroes and i know my gpu cant be the problem.. my cpu is a amd phenom 9150e 1.8ghz and my gpu is a gtx 560 ti 448 cores. thanks!

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July 9, 2012 7:12:36 PM

Yeah, I'd say the CPU is definitely holding you back there.
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July 9, 2012 7:12:46 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Yeah, I'd say the CPU is definitely holding you back there.

Agreed
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July 9, 2012 7:23:35 PM

alright that being that said would it be cheaper to just buy a new mobo,cpu, and memory and have that put in my HP or just go ahead and buy a all new pc?
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July 9, 2012 7:26:27 PM

jds94 said:
alright that being that said would it be cheaper to just buy a new mobo,cpu, and memory and have that put in my HP or just go ahead and buy a all new pc?


Well from what you just said, I think those are all the key components that are needed to build a new PC anyway, so it'll be best to make a new rig. Of course, you can recycle your PSU (please list the model for us, it may be able to be recycled), HDD, and GPU. :) 
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July 9, 2012 7:27:43 PM

Well, it would be cheaper to get a new CPU, mobo and RAM than a whole new system, BUT, you would have to factor in a new copy of Windows into that, as well because the OEM version that you have can't be used on a new mobo.

Also something to consider is what size mobo can fit into that HP case. Normal ATX, mATX, etc.

That's a great GPU though, so you're pretty much set on that, at least.

Honestly, I agree with mocchan, just building a new system, but keeping that GPU, is the best option overall.
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July 9, 2012 7:37:39 PM

well i just upgraded my gpu and psu back in december. i honestly dont remember what psu i have.. its something like a corsair 700w but its fine i believe. my case takes a micro atx. my hdd... honestly dont remember either. something like a sata 640 gb hdd. but thanks you guys :) 
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July 9, 2012 7:38:51 PM

jds94 said:
well i just upgraded my gpu and psu back in december. i honestly dont remember what psu i have.. its something like a corsair 700w but its fine i believe. my case takes a micro atx. my hdd... honestly dont remember either. something like a sata 640 gb hdd. but thanks you guys :) 


Well that's two things we can cross off the list! PSU and GPU..That alone will save you around 300-350 dollars :) 

If your HDD is keeping you happy, we can most likely recycle that as well (-coughs- get a small SSD as boot, and use your current HDD for storage -coughs-) Now if you tell us your budget maybe we can help you with picking out parts! :D 
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July 9, 2012 7:45:01 PM

alrighty thanks! and honestly im working with around $400 at max. i couldn't afford to go any higher. i could wait of course though but who likes to wait? for a cpu i was kinda looking at the i5 2500k. its kinda pricey but a friend of mine tells me its a really great cpu.
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July 9, 2012 7:46:47 PM

jds94 said:
alrighty thanks! and honestly im working with around $400 at max. i couldn't afford to go any higher. i could wait of course though but who likes to wait? for a cpu i was kinda looking at the i5 2500k. its kinda pricey but a friend of mine tells me its a really great cpu.


Yes the 2500k is one beast of a CPU, but one question remains, will you overclock? If not, it might be better to select a non K-sku i5 CPU :) 
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July 9, 2012 7:48:13 PM

I'm working on something for you now. :) 
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July 9, 2012 7:51:07 PM

thanks :)  and nope i dont plan on overclocking it. im a hardware nooby!
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July 9, 2012 8:05:22 PM

How much of a difference would there be between the i3 and i5 gaming wise??
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July 9, 2012 8:08:04 PM

jds94 said:
How much of a difference would there be between the i3 and i5 gaming wise??


Not really a lot in most games. Multiplayer BF3 will give an advantage to the i5 though.
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July 9, 2012 8:10:55 PM

That's true about BF3 multiplayer, but for the games you've listed, I think you should be fine.

Though just to add onto the BF3 multiplayer, I think you'll still achieve playable framerates anyway so it's not THAT much of an issue. I understand the drawbacks of a Dual Core vs Quad in BF3 Multiplayer, though.
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July 9, 2012 8:11:49 PM

Alrighty, honestly all i play is bf3 , skyrim, and company of heroes. If the i5 really makes that much of a huge difference id shell out the extra money for it.
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July 9, 2012 8:13:08 PM

jds94 said:
Alrighty, honestly all i play is bf3 , skyrim, and company of heroes. If the i5 really makes that much of a huge difference id shell out the extra money for it.


Good choice! Have fun! :D 
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July 9, 2012 8:20:54 PM

im leaning towards the i3.. thanks you guys :) 
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July 9, 2012 8:21:48 PM

Good choice as well. You really can't go wrong with either one. And you're welcome. :) 
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July 9, 2012 8:49:44 PM

jds94 said:
im leaning towards the i3.. thanks you guys :) 



can always swap out to a core i5 ivy bridge at a later date as well for a bigger boost in performence
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