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July 13, 2012 10:05:41 PM

Hi experts, I need some help. I got the following build and it is pretty much put together of bits and pieces from the past few years. It doesnt run too bad but Im fairly sure Im not getting the potential out of the graphics cards as some things are slowing the entire system down. Where would I be best off to upgrade and to what? Like do i need new ram or is it the harddrive you think or what is it that sucks more than the rest?

3.1 gHz AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 550 Processor
ASUS M4A88TD-M
Corsair TW3X4G1333C9DHX 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz)
Asus Geforce GTX 560 Ti DCII TOP (900Mhz), 1024MB DDR5 256-bit (4008MHz)
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12, SATAII, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, NCQ
Antec EA-750 750W EarthWatts ATX Power Supply, 80 PLUS certified
Xigmatek Pantheon Pure Black Edition Case


Hope you can help.

Xerat

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July 14, 2012 12:27:38 AM

He has a GTX 560 Ti why, would you recommend he gets a GTX 480?? That's not even what he was asking.

OP what you need is a new CPU. A dual core at 3.1Ghz is what's holding you back. I would look at a Phenom II X4 965/970. The good news is that your board will support it.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TDM/#CPUS

Beyond that add another 4GB of RAM ( 4GB is still pretty good for gaming but some games do better with 8GB ) and maybe look to add an SSD. Those thngs are very much secondary to the CPU though.
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July 14, 2012 1:18:34 AM

What resolution are you playing on? I agree with anort3 that what's slowing you down is most likely the CPU. However, instead of getting a whole new CPU, have you tried unlocking the extra two cores you have with your current CPU? Your board supports core-unlocking, so I would at least try. If not, yeah the phenom ii x4 is your best bet. a Zosma would be even better.
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July 20, 2012 11:57:01 PM

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