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Is there any possible way to improve my CPU performance without OC?

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December 22, 2012 2:20:07 PM

Is there any way to get more out of my AMD Bulldozer FX -4170 as i play quite high load gases such as skyrim, BF3, Crysis 2 as well as rendering videos (not at the same time) and such without over clocking ?

CPU: AMD Bulldozer FX -4170
GPU : MSI GTX 650 Ti (OC Power Edition)
PSU: Corsair CX 600W
HDD : 1tb
Main board: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX)
December 22, 2012 2:30:32 PM

Reduce the number of background programs running
December 22, 2012 2:43:26 PM

i already keep background programs down to a minimum but thank you for the suggestion anyway
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December 22, 2012 2:45:25 PM

Aside from general system maintenance to reduce load slightly, there is no way to improve performance aside from overclocking. You should however check into overclocking as an option, even if you only overclock slightly.
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December 22, 2012 2:47:18 PM

The FX's overclock like nobodys business. You could probably push 600-800Mhz on stock voltage/cooler. I'd look into it.
December 22, 2012 4:07:35 PM

I have 8 gb of ram sorry i forgot to write it down in my PC specs. But yes i was looking at SSDs but they are quite expensive are they worth it though ?
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December 22, 2012 5:17:01 PM

t1mone said:
I have 8 gb of ram sorry i forgot to write it down in my PC specs. But yes i was looking at SSDs but they are quite expensive are they worth it though ?


yes very much so. Even a 120gb ssd for your OS and a few apps/games will make a noticeable difference
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December 22, 2012 5:33:24 PM

Hi :) 

If you are worried about games , you NEED a much better graphics card...

All the best Brett :) 
December 22, 2012 5:40:04 PM

The SSD will do 0 for gaming performance. Keep that in mind.

Although I do recommend an SSD in pretty much any system.
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December 22, 2012 11:58:22 PM

To boost performance in games search for mods that improves game performance. For example, there is a mod for Fallout 3 which removes 1 type of small rock, 1 type of burnt book and items referenced by the game, but not actually in the game. It's really for low end CPUs, and the performance boost isn't very big, but I suppose every little bit helps. Not many games are mod friendly like Bethesda's games though.

For video encoding you can improve performance by lowering video quality settings.
December 23, 2012 12:33:45 AM

You can also use a RAMDisk software.
It is even faster than a SSD.

FWIW

jer :) 
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December 23, 2012 1:41:09 AM

But RAMDisk and SSD does not improve CPU processing capabilities and it does not improve gaming performance other than load times.
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December 23, 2012 2:21:47 AM

If you are using a 125W CPU on a 95W board I wouldn't OC. To be honest, you are looking at big upgrades here. A new board at least. New board, CPU, and GPU at worst.
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