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Is This A Bottlenecking Computer?

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August 15, 2012 3:04:06 AM

Ok, so I just bought a new graphics card, a radeon 7850, and I was wondering if it was bottlenecking. I went to test some BF3, and it seems like I am not getting the performance I was expecting at all. I was playing on ultra settings and getting around 50fps in demanding parts of maps and close combat stuff with 99% GPU usage. Then I went on low settings and was getting around 70FPS with around 50% GPU usage. Btw... im only on a 1366*768 resolution monitor. So I am not sure if this could be my processor or my power supply. Here are my specs.

My Specs:
- AMD Phenom II x6 2.9GHz 1055T (1yr old)
- 6GB DDR3 Ram (1yr old)
- 1.5TB Hard Drive (1yr old)
- 500W Cooler Master PSU (1yr old)
- MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr (brand new)

I am not sure if it is either the CPU or PSU like I said above, but I am getting close to the frames as I was with my GTX 550 Ti which is 135$ cheaper... Any Suggestions?

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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 3:08:33 AM

check your cpu usage while gaming then O_o.
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August 15, 2012 3:09:33 AM

What program should I use for that? And what should the CPU be at?
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August 15, 2012 3:16:32 AM

1 Really good tip I picked up is to always try to spend that same amount of money you do on your CPU on your GPU, It'll make sure more times then not you won't be bottlenecking. Using a 80 plus bronze or higher psu of 650 w and above would make sure your components are getting the right amount of enery they need don't go above 750w it'd be a waste for the amount of things that's in your computer. I'd suggest this psu it's made from one of the most reliable PSU manufacturers , quiet, efficient, and feeds your components quite nicely(fully modular aswell at a great Price my friend) :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


, but remember my tip (semi-mine lol) make sure to check that aswell.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 3:16:41 AM

hwinfo is commonly used for it, and can also work with msi afterburner
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August 15, 2012 3:18:53 AM

The psu I mentioned above is perfect for 1 GPU card setups like yours, you won't find a better deal for the quality PSU you'll be getting. (nice setup btw) :) 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 3:25:08 AM

rdizzle96 said:
The psu I mentioned above is perfect for 1 GPU card setups like yours, you won't find a better deal for the quality PSU you'll be getting. (nice setup btw) :) 


a 650w gold 80+ certification is extremely unnecessary for a single card build. a 600w psu can already power up 2 7850's due to its efficiency ಠ_ಠ
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August 15, 2012 4:04:29 AM

So what do you think about the specs I gave you? PSU? CPU? Im going to test the Cpu load in a sec while playing bf3 but what do you think about it?
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August 15, 2012 4:09:31 AM

dudewitbow said:
a 650w gold 80+ certification is extremely unnecessary for a single card build. a 600w psu can already power up 2 7850's due to its efficiency ಠ_ಠ



I just got my CPU usage and it was around 75% when I was on ultra with 99% GPU usage. But I mean, even on low, it seems I cannot get passed an average of 80fps on any resolution. My native again is 1366*768.
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August 15, 2012 4:12:02 AM

its not what it seems. You have a 6 core processor. You have a new graphics card. The reason the gpuis throttling at 99% is that the cores are running much slower than even an AMD x965. @3.4gh stock. Most likely your bottleneck isn't the gpu its the speed your CPU is working at. Getting 80 fps on 1300 is still realy good I have a 670 on 1080p and its now just smooth.
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August 15, 2012 4:21:52 AM

undercovernerd6 said:
its not what it seems. You have a 6 core processor. You have a new graphics card. The reason the gpuis throttling at 99% is that the cores are running much slower than even an AMD x965. @3.4gh stock. Most likely your bottleneck isn't the gpu its the speed your CPU is working at. Getting 80 fps on 1300 is still realy good I have a 670 on 1080p and its now just smooth.



So you think my CPU is bottlenecked? I was thinking about overclocking the CPU a little to get more speed, but wasn't sure if that would work. Also I was thinking about returning the 7850 and buy a i5 3.4ghz (3.8turbo) and a new mobo but it would be quite some money for that. Not sure how to explain this to my parents lol because I got this for a birthday present.

Im currently on BF3 playing Op Metro on ultra and outside of the subway I get around 40-50fps while in the subway I get around 70-80. I feel like when I go outside the subway it just takes a crap.

EDIT : Actually I get around 60-75 ultra in subway.... not sure if those fps is right.
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