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How big of a bottleneck is my CPU right now?(gaming)

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February 10, 2013 3:53:39 AM

I am running a Phenom II 965BE that I have not been able to successfully overclock, so it is running at 3.4ghz.

My video card is a Radeon 7950(1100/1525.)

If I upgraded to a i5 3570k, would I see a strong increase in performance in a game like BF3?
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February 10, 2013 4:42:05 AM

not a strong increase. maybe a little bit but not significant enough to justify the cost of a new cpu+motherboard.
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February 10, 2013 5:11:49 AM

you dont need to upgrade... There may be a small bottleneck but overclocking your 965 to 4GHz+ will help...
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February 10, 2013 5:18:08 AM

Ive tried overclocking it and it has not been stable. Even small marginally overclocks.

You say the increase wont be significant enough to justify the expense..

Are we talking 50->60 fps or 50->53?
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February 10, 2013 5:34:39 AM

In bf3 64 man multi, you will see considerable gains in fps maybe from 50 -> 60 or something of that sort

But in normal bf3 campagin or 32 man, not too much gains
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February 10, 2013 5:42:42 AM

Lemme say it like this:

The i5 2500k costs 200% of the price of the 965 whilst delivering 125% of the performance. With other numbers: 2x the price, 1.25x the performance.

Ain't worth it.
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February 10, 2013 5:44:36 AM

My setup : Q6600 2.4Ghz quadcore + 8GB RAM, ATI 5850 , Monitor resolution: 1680x1050

Whenever i play BF3 on high setting at stock 2.4Ghz, i always got like 12FPS to 28FPS (64players map).After i overclocked cpu to 3.5Ghz, my FPS never drop below 20fps in 64 Players map( 22FPS to 44FPS) i think.

If you can, just overclock your cpu. Don't upgrade now because new intel processor will come out soon( Haswell). Or maybe you can wait for Broadwell= 2014.

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February 10, 2013 5:45:25 AM

I would say more than 125% performance but I agree with the general sentiment
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February 10, 2013 5:50:32 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=362

We're talking 50->60 or more, you might as well go for it. Though i guess wait till June for Haswell? At least that's what i'm doing, i have a Core 2 Quad Q8400. Could only OC by 4%. But then my performance is as good as an A8-3570K, and you can see where that lies on the charts...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-performance-com...

Then of course:

This is single player:


I think it is worth the upgrade, because you get a overall platform upgrade too, faster performance everywhere, and games of course.

Though i'd still suggest waiting for Haswell. Probably be the last DDR3 desktop platform, the fastest DDR3 desktop platform (+10% over Ivy) and the most power efficient. Better QuickSync, more x86 extensions, etc.
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February 10, 2013 6:08:22 AM

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