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February 2, 2013 5:02:13 AM

Hi me again I am planning on upgrading my CPU, was looking at the FX 8350, I did search for threads on this CPU but all the threads I found was people recommending Intel and wars between Intel and AMD so I did not find help.

Current Specs :

CPU : AMD Phenom II 945 3.0GHz 95 W
Motherboard : ASUS Crosshair Formula V 990FX AM3+
HDD :650GB I forgot the brand and too lazy to look inside case ( lol )
SSD : 256GB SAMSUNG 830 Series
RAM : 8GB (2x4)1600Mhz ( running at 1333mhz ) GSKILL Memory
GPU : MSI Twin Frozr III OC/PE 6950 running at defaults of : 850Mhz GPU clock and 1325Mhz memory clock
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
CPU Cooling : Corsair H80 Liquid Cooling
PSU : Corsair 750TX 750W

I am playing Black Ops 2, I enable FPS to lock at 120, It locks to 125 but I noticed it drops too much here and there, this is on low settings and most stuff turned off, no AA no shadows and vsync off of course, resolution is at 1680x1050.

This also happens in BF3, especially in Close Quarters, the fps drops too much and quickly and there is like a tear or stutter and I can actually feel it happen,kinda like a lag spike, I was beginning to think my bottleneck is my old cpu lol

Anyways, going Intel is out of the question as I recently bought the ASUS board, I want to know if this CPU will at least get rid of this and give me solid FPS so the game runs smooth. I was told that games have to run at a solid FPS number and not drop either at all or too much as this causes this problem and gets frustrating when gaming.


Appreciate the input, I see benchmarks putting the FX 8350 up there with the big dogs,but then you see people go back and forth saying yes its good or no just buy Intel you know how it goes.

So should I buy it or wait for the new rumored CPU that they might release this year if they will. Thanks a lot for your great help as always.

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February 2, 2013 5:07:55 AM

Since you have a good motherboard am3+ with chipset 990FX, get the FX-8350, it will be a good cpu upgrade.
And get a 7950 or 7970 card.
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February 2, 2013 5:14:25 AM

Ok or should I also wait for the new 8000 series GPUS rumored to be around the corner, hopefully there is one decently priced,or maybe buy a 7970 at reduced price once the the gen comes out.
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February 2, 2013 5:18:55 AM

You really don't need to upgrade from the 6950, just the FX8350.
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February 2, 2013 5:22:20 AM

Yeah I mean the card is a lil bit over a year old and runs Bf3 well but my CPU is the problem, but what I want to know if it is going to fix the frame dropping which has gotten annoying and that is why I have decided to upgrade.
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February 2, 2013 6:47:24 AM

You can check the performance by upgrading to FX-8350. If you are not satisfied, then you can always look for GPU upgrade. Also adding another 6950 could be an option.
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February 2, 2013 4:21:04 PM

Yes, get the FX-8350.
The card is optional, but a 7950/7970 is a good upgrade for the system too, the 6950 is a good card, but in some games at ultra settings at 1080p it doesn't quite cut it.
Or wait for the new series, for gaming upgrading the gpu is the most important thing, but that cpu that you have justifies more the cpu upgrade.
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February 2, 2013 4:48:26 PM

greddy23 said:
I am playing Black Ops 2, I enable FPS to lock at 120, It locks to 125 but I noticed it drops too much here and there, this is on low settings and most stuff turned off, no AA no shadows and vsync off of course, resolution is at 1680x1050.


Wait, uhm, what sort of monitor are you playing on? 1680x1050, 120Hz? Because if not, what you're saying makes no sense. Also, if this really IS a cpu bottleneck, then why are you playing on low settings? There shouldn't be difference between that and ultra.
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February 2, 2013 7:40:38 PM

Its not, the monitor is old,its an hp 22" from like 2007 or 2008 back then there was only 1 120hz monitor a samsung one, and when i play at my native which is 1680x1050 at 60hz, cant do 75hz at native,and i play on low settings to try to get solid fps and avoid the stutters. like i said i play at 125fps but it drops to like 90 and back to 125 but those drops make me lose gunfights,because the game kind of freezes for a split second.

What i am trying to achieve here is to get solid fps and good gameplay experience no stutters, and hopefully i wont have to buy a new video card as this is a OC edition and has specs close to the low 7000 series. Thanks
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February 2, 2013 7:51:27 PM

Well, at least try turning your graphics back up - if it doesn't change anything, you were right that there was a CPU bottleneck.

If it does change things, you need a graphics card upgrade.

Also, why not just turn vsync on? It'll give you a steady 60fps all the way through.
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February 2, 2013 9:08:25 PM

DarkSable said:
Also, why not just turn vsync on? It'll give you a steady 60fps all the way through.


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