Is my computer being bottle-necked by my GPU?

My system consists of the following:
AMD Phenom x4 II 925 (2.8 GHz quad core)
8 GB RAM
GTS 250
Windows 64 Bit

My power supply and Motherboard are adequate enough.

Using the following information, does the GPU match up with the processor, or is it bottle necking my system? I primarily game on my computer, and running into frame rate drops and running games like Saints Row 3 on medium sort off pushes my system... so what could I do to upgrade my system and improve frame rates in games?

Much appreciated
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  1. Yeah, I'd say so. That's an ancient GPU. I'd recommend an upgrade for sure.

    What's your budget as far as upgrades are concerned?
  2. Thanks for the reply. I have $300 but max I'm willing to spend is in the range of $150-$200, preferably on the lower end of the spectrum.
  3. Farkinob said:
    Thanks for the reply. I have $300 but max I'm willing to spend is in the range of $150-$200, preferably on the lower end of the spectrum.


    I'll give you a few recommendations.

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Video%20Cards-_-Sapphire%20Tech-_-14102948&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

    MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58303&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69492&vpn=GV-R787OC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1261

    I gave you a few suggestions on both the low end and high end of the spectrum with respect to your budget.

    All three of these cards are strong performers. I believe the 560ti would be the happy medium unless you grabbed an overclockable version of the 6870. Then you may be able to surpass the 560ti. The hd 7870 is worth every penny in my honest opinion. Depending on what kind of games you play, you wouldn't be disappointed in its purchase either.

    Hope this helps. Good luck! :)
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