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

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)
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  1. Reduce the number of background programs running
  2. i already keep background programs down to a minimum but thank you for the suggestion anyway
  3. 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.
  4. The FX's overclock like nobodys business. You could probably push 600-800Mhz on stock voltage/cooler. I'd look into it.
  5. 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 ?
  6. Hi :)

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

    All the best Brett :)
  7. The SSD will do 0 for gaming performance. Keep that in mind.

    Although I do recommend an SSD in pretty much any system.
  8. 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.
  9. You can also use a RAMDisk software.
    It is even faster than a SSD.


    jer :)
  10. But RAMDisk and SSD does not improve CPU processing capabilities and it does not improve gaming performance other than load times.
  11. 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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