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April 11, 2012 7:06:27 PM

Any suggestions on what i should upgrade first? is my cpu my bottleneck? i play alot of games like skyrim, BF3 and MMO's
Motherboard: ECS GF8200a AM2+
CPU: Phenom 9750 2.4 GHz
GPU: PNY XLR8 9800GTX+
RAM: 2X2GB Geil DDR2 800
PSU: OCZ 600 watt
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
fastest cpu my board supports: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz

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April 11, 2012 7:51:08 PM

I would say both need upgraded...but upgrading your graphics card to something like a 560Ti would give you the most improvement. I would say at the moment your graphics card is the bottleneck. With something like a 560Ti, your cpu would then be the bottleneck. A lot of MMo's are more cpu dependant, where as fps's like BF3 rely more on the graphics card, so it could be the case that in the MMO's both are holding back performance, while in BF3 it is likely more the graphics card. Your power supply is pretty good, and would provide enough power for most graphics cards out there
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April 11, 2012 8:04:47 PM

Takigu said:
Any suggestions on what i should upgrade first? is my cpu my bottleneck? i play alot of games like skyrim, BF3 and MMO's
Motherboard: ECS GF8200a AM2+
CPU: Phenom 9750 2.4 GHz
GPU: PNY XLR8 9800GTX+
RAM: 2X2GB Geil DDR2 800
PSU: OCZ 600 watt
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
fastest cpu my board supports: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz


What resolution are you gaming at?

I agree with GI_JONES, a new GPU is your best bet but the CPU will most likely bottleneck things. However, the GPU can be used in a new rig later on if you choose. Eventually you will have to upgrade your CPU (probably sooner rather than later), but your MB only supports up to 95w (which you already know) so prospects are thin and not worth the investment. Save your money and get a new CPU and MB in the future and get a new GPU now.

I would suggest a particular GPU model but need to know your resolution.
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April 11, 2012 8:48:09 PM

How much money are you wanting to spend? If you have enough, you could do with a new system build. You could keep your PSU and HDD with Win7 on it.

A good intel build could really help you boost you're gaming performance.
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April 11, 2012 9:08:30 PM

GPU. Gawd, does the mobo support PCI-e gaming cards? Yep, saw that it does. 4Gb Ok, 2+ GHz CPU OK. Go with the GPU. Also, a new widescreen monitor (around 22 inch 16:9) would really help your gaming as long as the GPU card gives you decent frame rates.
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April 11, 2012 9:21:44 PM

i'm running 2 22" monitors at 1680X1050 that i bought 6 months ago. the motherboard is only 2 years old but everything else is more like 4 years old.
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