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I have been having gaming issues with low fps and laggy gameplay. Because of these issues i have spending less time gaming and more time trying to find a solution, so i spent allot of time trying to figure it out and i have tried almost everything i have been told or could think of. Due to this large hassle I have wondered if my cpu is not quite as good at gaming as i thought it might have been when i got it 2 years ago, would it be easier just to upgrade to a Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge and save allot of hassle and not have to upgrade later but now. I recently upgraded to a 7970 and not getting the performance i want presumably because of the cpu. I think upgrading my cpu would increase my fps and give me smoother gameplay, what do you guys think?

specs:
AMD Phenom II X6 3.3 GHz Processor
AMD Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X GHz edition
8 gigs of DDR3 ram
Asus M5A97 motherboard
1000W silent Pro
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  1. crystalchamp said:
    I have been having gaming issues with low fps and laggy gameplay. Because of these issues i have spending less time gaming and more time trying to find a solution, so i spent allot of time trying to figure it out and i have tried almost everything i have been told or could think of. Due to this large hassle I have wondered if my cpu is not quite as good at gaming as i thought it might have been when i got it 2 years ago, would it be easier just to upgrade to a Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge and save allot of hassle and not have to upgrade later but now. I recently upgraded to a 7970 and not getting the performance i want presumably because of the cpu. I think upgrading my cpu would increase my fps and give me smoother gameplay, what do you guys think?

    specs:
    AMD Phenom II X6 3.3 GHz Processor
    AMD Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X GHz edition
    8 gigs of DDR3 ram
    Asus M5A97 motherboard
    1000W silent Pro



    For now you need to overclock that cpu to 3.8ghz, should help a bit.

    But basically yes, that cpu is holding you back.


    What is your budget for the upgrades?
  2. My budget is around 400 dollars for a new cpu and motherboard
  3. crystalchamp said:
    My budget is around 400 dollars for a new cpu and motherboard



    Do you live near a microcenter?
  4. maxalge said:
    Do you live near a microcenter?


    I wish but no
  5. Best answer
    crystalchamp said:
    I wish but no



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $332.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 03:58 EST-0500)
  6. Asus Sabretooth Z77 + i5 34**?
  7. stevydinho said:
    Asus Sabretooth Z77 + i5 34**?



    Pointlessly expensive motherboard cannibalizing cpu for no reason.
  8. maxalge said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $332.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 03:58 EST-0500)


    I would add something like a Hyper 212 so he can get a decent overclock going :)
  9. Thanks guys I think I have made my decision to go with what maxalge suggested. I was thinking about getting that cpu anyway but not sure what motherboard until now.
  10. Best answer selected by crystalchamp.
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