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What is the bottleneck on my computer?

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December 31, 2012 8:58:39 AM

I have a bit more Christmas money to spend, ~$200 and I was wondering what you guys think I should throw in my computer just to keep it a bit more up to date. What would I see the most performance enhancements from? Here's my current build:

Gigabyte 970 A-D3
AMD FX-4100 (I'm thinking to put in one of the new 8350's)
AMD HD 6850
4 GB (2x2gb) DDR 3 ram.
500gb 7200rpm Seagate HDD
1tb 7200 rpm Seagate HDD

That's all I can think of right now that's really important, if you have any more questions, please ask.
Thanks for your time,
Todd

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December 31, 2012 9:05:09 AM

Fx 4100 is not so good for gaming.fx 8350 would be good upgrade.or you can wait for few months as amd going to release more cpus i.e streamroller cpus
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December 31, 2012 9:16:11 AM

it depends on what you do with your pc.
if you game then you need a better cpu.
the phenom 2 965 would actually be a decent upgrade which is about 100 dollars.
the remaining 100 dollars you should get another 6850 and crossfire it.
this two upgrades will greatly increase the performance of your pc.
and if possible get another 4gb of ram
or if your mobo does not support cf then sell the 6850 and get the 7850
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December 31, 2012 9:17:59 AM

i agree with ashish65. you can either go for the fx 8350 or get an ssd
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December 31, 2012 9:20:41 AM

fx8350 is useless for gaming when the phenom 2 965 provides same performance for half the money.
the rest of the money can go to graphics card upgrade if hes a gamer at 1080p
December 31, 2012 9:27:55 AM

I heard that crossfire can make performance worse though, in some cases, is that true?
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December 31, 2012 9:33:52 AM

no its not true. its true only if you plan to run multi monitor setup. otherwise crossfire privides good performance increase
December 31, 2012 9:40:20 AM

Buy a new mobo With 990 chipset. see the performance difference.
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December 31, 2012 11:29:00 AM

not really....crossfire generally improves performance greatly.
it is only in rarest cases that you see little or no performance increase
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